Klopp sees draw with Leicester as point gained rather than two dropped

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp saw the 1-1 draw against Leicester as a point gained and not two dropped in the title race – but felt they were unlucky with a number of refereeing decisions.

Sadio Mane scored the club’s fastest Premier League goal for almost three years after just 121 seconds but a lapse in concentration allowed Harry Maguire to equalise in first-half added time.

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Maguire was lucky to escape with a yellow card for bringing down Mane as he threatened to race clear while Naby Keita was denied a penalty after a second-half challenge by Ricardo Pereira.

“I don’t see it like we dropped points. We take what we get, and tonight it’s a point. It’s more than we had before the game, and that’s fine,” said Klopp, whose side extended their advantage at the top of the table to five points over Manchester City, who surprisingly lost at Newcastle on Tuesday.

Jurgen Klopp felt his side should have had a penalty for the challenge on Naby Keita (Peter Byrne/PA)

“Is it that I am now overly-happy? No, of course not because we wanted to win that game, but we knew before that it would be really difficult.

“So the 1-1 is absolutely OK. I think everyone agrees it could have been a penalty but I don’t know why it was not given.

“I don’t know what he thought in that moment. I think he had the best position. Usually, I have to explain penalties which were penalties, and you ask me if it was a soft penalty.

Klopp felt Harry Maguire should have been shown a red card for his challenge on Sadio Mane (Peter Byrne/PA)

“A penalty is a penalty, there was no blood involved again today but it’s a penalty because one of our players is in the box. It is like it is. It won’t change. Nothing to worry about, keep on going.

“Then we have the situation with Maguire, the second time in a game where a striker of ours is brought down at the halfway line, and we treat it like it was I don’t know where!

“Mane would not have been alone (on goal) because Mo Salah would have been around him, it was a two-versus-Schmeichel situation, if that is not a real goalscoring situation, I don’t know what is.”

The draw ended a run of three successive defeats and Leicester boss Claude Puel was satisfied with the result but felt slightly disappointed they did not make more of their improved display.

“I think it is a good performance. I have a little regret at the end because we had some fantastic chances at the beginning of the second half,” he said.

Leicester manager Claude Puel is happy if he does not add to his squad before the transfer window closes (Peter Byrne/PA)

“We started slowly and conceded a goal but after we showed fantastic character and personality.

“We put them under pressure at the beginning of the second half and in this period we have to be more clinical.”

Leicester are trying to tie up a swap deal for Monaco midfielder Youri Tielemans, with Adrien Silva going the other way, but Puel had no update.

However, the Foxes boss stressed he was keen to hang on to the rest of his squad with the transfer window closing on Thursday.

“If something is not effective I don’t want to comment on this. I am happy if my squad doesn’t move,” he added. The last day is a crazy day but I hope we keep the good attitude tomorrow.”

- Press Association

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