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Ranieri Urge His Players To Refocus

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has urged his players to quickly forget about the 1-0 loss to Liverpool on Boxing Day and look forward.

The Foxes still sit at the top of the table despite the loss after chasing Arsenal also suffered a loss on Saturday. Leicester lost a hard-fought game at Anfield after a goal by Christian Benteke in the second half. Ranieri said he thought his players didn’t start off the game like they usually do.

“We started to play so late, I don’t know why,” Ranieri told lcfc.com after the loss.  

“In the first half we were very nervous, very anxious. We expected them to press very high and we wanted to play easy passes on the counter-attack. But we lose so many balls on the counter-attack that it gave Liverpool confidence and they continued to push up, which made it difficult for us.

“In the second half we conceded a goal from their first chance. We created another two or three chances to equalise and it was not possible. In the end, I think Liverpool deserved to win.

“It was unlucky, but sooner or later our first defeat away could happen. Now we have to clean our minds and focus on another fantastic match.”

Despite the loss, Ranieri thought there were some positives to take away from the match.

“It was a good lesson,” Ranieri said. “We showed good shape, we defended well and closed the space well, but we need to improve when we want to go straight away and score the goal.

“We were concentrated on our shape, but they found a good solution, a good finish to score a goal.

“We knew Liverpool very well. They press very high when they lose the ball. We were ready to play in this way, but it wasn’t easy.”

Leicester takes on Manchester City at home on Tuesday.

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