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Klopp defends Salah after noticing what Maddison did before penalty miss – Liverpool Echo

Jurgen Klopp says he expects a big improvement when Liverpool are hosted by Chelsea on Sunday.

And the Reds boss refused to point the finger at Mohamed Salah, who missed a penalty in the 1-0 defeat at Leicester on Tuesday night.

The Reds failed to shine at the King Power and were beaten by Ademola Lookman’s second-half strike after Salah had missed from 12 yards in the first period following a foul from Wilfried Ndidi.

Klopp says he and his squad will talk things through at their AXA Centre training base this week as they get set to go head-to-head with Chelsea, who moved level on points with Reds after a 3-1 win against Aston Villa on Boxing Day.

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“Tonight, we weren’t at our best and that is why we lost,” Klopp said.

“We had quite a few chances to score tonight but it wouldn’t have made the game better actually.

“I could sit here now and it was 2-1 to us, which is obviously plausible, but I wouldn’t have liked the game anyway.

“I can say things like winning the dirty games and they are all true, but tonight I didn’t like a lot in our game to be honest.

“That’s not cool. We have to do better.

“So we have a few days now to think it through, talk it through, improve and go again.”

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On the Salah penalty miss, Klopp added: “”There’s not a little bit of blame for him or whatever.

“Yes, James Maddison for sure was talking to him [to put him off], but everybody tries that.

“Mo usually scores from these situations and tonight he didn’t.

“It was a little like the whole game, Mo is part of the team and usually he is better in this situation like the team was better in the football game.”

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