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Leicester City’s Kasper Schmeichel: ‘We were below standard against Liverpool’


Klopp pleads with Liverpool fans to stop singing his name at matches

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits his side have to prove they can consistently play the sort of football which saw Premier League champions Leicester beaten 4-1 at Anfield.

In front of a crowd of 54,000, Roberto Firmino gave the Reds the ideal start when he found the target after just 13 minutes, collecting James Milner’s delivery into his run and finishing with aplomb.

But Leicester were given hope when Lucas inexplicably passed the ball to Jamie Vardy to shoot into an empty net.

A brace from Roberto Firmino and goals from Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana sealed an impressive victory for the Merseyside outfit against last season’s surprise package.

The Reds finally returned to Anfield after the new £115million Main Stand was opened for the first time and to mark the occasion they put on a show of breathtaking football at times.

“He’s the type of player, yes, we’ve paid a lot of money for him, but two good seasons with us, and he could be smashing world records”. “We didn’t quite hit the standards that we know we can and they punished us”.

Leicester have secured just one victory in four league matches this season following two defeats and a draw.

“Please don’t sing my name before the game is decided”, he said.

“Collectively as a team I thought we were outstanding”, Lallana said. “When we have lost in the past, we have always had a good reaction”, Ranieri told BBC Sport.

Liverpool did not let their heads drop, however, and boss Jurgen Klopp was pleased that his side stuck to their style of play to keep Leicester at bay.

“We scored wonderful goals… and conceded a not-too-wonderful goal!” We weren’t at our best all over the pitch.

Klopp revealed he had brought his players to the redeveloped stadium on Thursday for a training session to help them acclimatise to their new surroundings. “Still we fought, but Liverpool were the better team”.

The manager added: “It was hard for us tonight”.

We had now two weeks and I met a lot of you and I hear almost in each question a little bit of doubt – are you really sure?