Liverpool suffered an heavy 3-1 defeat to Leicester on Monday, prompting Jurgen Klopp to say they have work to do.
Liverpool’s hope of finishing in the top four, hit a snag, after losing to a Leicester side that didn’t have Ranieri to coach them.
Liverpool had not played a match in two weeks before then and the loss to Leicester made Klopp’s men look like they were not prepared for the encounter.
“It looked like we hadn’t spoken about the strength of Leicester and that’s a real problem,” Klopp told Sky Sports.
“We have to work, obviously, and to try to do everything better next time.
“The performance from the first second was not good enough, and that’s how you lose football games. There is no reason for this. I’m not ready to look for an excuse.”
“We never really got going tonight,” Klopp added. “It’s difficult to find the right words.
“There was not an over-aggressive game from Leicester, but even for this level we were not physical enough.
“They were ready, they had their set pieces and throw-ins ready and we gave throw-ins away like we hadn’t spoken about them.
“It doesn’t make sense to give Christian Fuchs 20-odd chances to throw the ball in. It’s difficult to accept.
“They scored the first goal, that helped them a lot, then the second goal, where there was no protection to Drinkwater’s volley.
“We could have defended better so it’s very disappointing. It’s difficult to explain in German but in English, it’s worse.
“The manner of the defeat makes it worst. If we played our best game and lost, then I have to accept that because that is football.”