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Klopp defends Salah after noticing what Maddison did before penalty miss

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

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

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

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

"Tonight, we weren't at our best and that is why we lost," Klopp remarked.

"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 absolutely feasible, but I wouldn't have loved the game anyhow.

" I can say things like, 'winning the nasty games' and they are all true, but tonight I didn't enjoy a lot of 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."

On the Salah penalty miss, Klopp added: "There's not a little bit of guilt for him or whatever."

Yes, James Maddison definitely was chatting to him [to put him off], but everybody tries that.

" Mo normally scores in these circumstances, and tonight he didn't.

"It was a little like the whole game. Mo is part of the team, and typically he is better in these circumstances, like the team was better in the football game."

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