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Jurgen Klopp concedes the title after Liverpool lose to Leicester City

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The German coach believes the gap to the top is too big to claw back (Picture: Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool’s Premier League title defence is already over after just 24 games following their dramatic 3-1 defeat to Leicester City on Saturday.

The reigning champions took a deserved lead at the King Power Stadium but imploded in seven second-half minutes, defending badly, conceding three sloppy goals and making some atrocious mistakes at the back.

Liverpool remain 10 points adrift of leaders Manchester City – who now have two games in hand – and Klopp feels the gap is too big, conceding that the Merseysiders are no longer in the title race.

Leicester profited from some disastrous defending from Liverpool (Picture: Getty)

Asked how Liverpool can close the gap, Klopp replied: ‘I don’t think we can close that gap this year, to be honest.’

He later added: ‘We are not worrying or whatever for the title, we are not silly.

‘We have on Tuesday [against RB Leipzig in the Champions League] a tough game and then on Saturday I think again a derby [against Everton] so these are the things we are thinking about. And if we want to still have a good season in the end we have to win these games.’

Asked if that meant he was conceding the title, Klopp paused and replied: ‘Yes. I can’t believe it, but yes.’

On the nature of the defeat against Leicester, Klopp continued: ‘We have to win football games and big parts of our football today was again really, really good.

‘We have to do it consistently. We have to avoid mistakes, we have to avoid misunderstandings.

Klopp has ruled Liverpool out of this season’s Premier League title race (Picture: Getty)

‘We cannot avoid mistakes of VAR or stuff like this, but all the rest – that is in our hands – we have to avoid. Today, in two situations, we didn’t do that. That’s why they [Leicester] could score two goals.

‘The rest of the football game is really good and yes, if you win football games, maybe today you could score more goals, but that’s the steps you have to make.

‘First you have to perform again, the result is always massively related to the performance and we were today good enough to win the game for long, long periods, but not until the end because of a couple of things.’


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