Klopp tips Vardy to run riot against Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp warned Liverpool they must improve for Saturday's Premier League clash against Jamie Vardy's Leicester City.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp warned that Jamie Vardy will run riot for Leicester City at Anfield if the Reds defend like they did in the seven-goal Champions League thriller against Salzburg.
Champions League holders Liverpool surrendered a three-goal lead before eventually overcoming Salzburg 4-3 in Group E on Wednesday.
Liverpool, who lost to Napoli on matchday one, cruised into a 3-0 lead by the 36th-minute mark thanks to Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and Mohamed Salah.
However, Austrian visitors Salzburg scored three unanswered goals in 21 minutes to sensationally restore parity before Salah's match-winner in the 69th minute.
Liverpool's attention now turns to Saturday's visit of third-placed Leicester and Klopp had some advice for his team as they look to preserve their 100 per cent start to the Premier League season.
"If we would now lose complete faith in ourselves when things are getting a bit more difficult in a game [it would be silly]," Klopp told reporters.
"For tonight it's done but the job will be similar on Saturday and we have only three days to recover. Christian Fuchs was here tonight as a pundit and all of the others [Leicester players] were on the sofa and watched the game, so that's slightly different preparation for that game.
"I am sure Brendan Rodgers thinks if we protect like we did tonight then Jamie Vardy will probably run through five times alone on the goalkeeper."
And breathe! pic.twitter.com/D5A3GpwUc9— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 2, 2019
On Salzburg's comeback, which was led by Hwang Hee-chan, Takumi Minamino and Erling Haaland on Merseyside, Klopp added: "How do I explain that? I think it was obvious: we left the very successful path of the first 30 minutes. That was some of the best football we played so far, against how we all saw a little bit later a very well organised team with a clear idea and identity.
"We did everything they don't like, on a high speed, scored the three goals, could have scored more. They changed the system that's allowed and is not really a problem usually, but tonight it was for us because we changed the approach a little bit for some reason. Some were in a controlling mood, some were in an attacking mood, other positions were too hectic. The main problem was that we tried to finish our situations off through the middle of the park; they had one midfielder less in the defensive [area] because they took a bit more risk and left a No.10 in between the lines.
"So they had one midfielder less and we still tried to push through the centre. We lost the balls there, they passed the ball to the No.10, he could turn at the back of Fabinho, could turn and counter-attack. That changed the momentum of the game."
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