Rio Ferdinand reacts to Liverpool FC’s 1-1 draw with Leicester


The pitch wasn't in optimal condition after snowfall on Merseyside in the hours leading up to the game and Klopp suggested that it played a part in the outcome of the game.

Klopp, looking to end the Reds' 29-year wait to be crowned champions of England again, told BT Sport: "The opponent was well organised, very deep defending". The pitch was hard and we needed to speed it up in the final third. "They are not that much a counter-attacking side as they were in the past but they are a massive threat", the boss added. I give my opinion and we do our best and I'm so satisfied.

"We had a chance today to reduce the lead".

"If you believe it's a handicap, that's a big mistake".

"Not only Sadio is through, but I'm pretty sure [Salah] is through on the other side as well". The most important thing is to focus on ourselves and go there for what we know is a very hard game. In training he is quite good so we were confident. "They (Liverpool) are not going to drop too many in the Premier League, we are going to demand to be there, all we can do is be there".

It is a pattern that will be repeated for the next two rounds of league matches but an unconcerned Klopp said Tuesday: "For me, no difference".

Henry Jackson: I'll always adore Rafa Benitez, but my love for him right now is bordering on unhealthy. I would say minus one goal because that was the only one I thought he shouldn't have scored.

"I think the crowd were nervous and that fed into the players".

Liverpool had appeals for a spot-kick turned down when Naby Keita went down under pressure from Ricardo Pereira, while Maguire was perhaps fortunate not to receive a red card for a last-man foul on Mane in the first half. "I didn't think they played with enough enthusiasm and enough energy", Francis said on beIN Sports after the match.

"I don't know why Jamie has such a good record against us".

Liverpool haven't lost any of their last 19 home midweek games in the Premier League (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday), winning 13 and drawing six since a 0-1 loss vs Fulham in May 2012. Dejan Lovren is back after his hamstring injury, but we expect Joel Matip to start alongside Van Dijk.