Brendan Rodgers has questioned the effect of Liverpool’s current injury crisis after conceding his Leicester City team were deservedly beaten by Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Liverpool moved joint-top of the Premier League with a remarkable 3-0 victory over the Foxes on Sunday evening.
A Jonny Evans own goal, Diogo Jota’s eighth goal of the season and a Roberto Firmino header was enough to see the Reds make a club-record 64th successive home league match unbeaten.
Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold are out injured for Liverpool, But former Reds manager Rodgers believes Jurgen Klopp could still call upon a quality defense.
“Everybody spoke about Liverpool’s injuries,” he said. “I don’t go with that narrative. I don’t see it as a depleted back line. I know they are missing Virgil van Dijk, but (Joel) Matip is a top player.
“Fabinho has played there against Chelsea and against top players. Andy Robertson has always played, Alisson is the number one goalkeeper and James Milner wherever he plays he does an incredible job.
“Their unbeaten home run is an incredible record, and it shows you the power and the strength in depth that they have. They are an outstanding squad of players.
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“They are still very strong, have top players, look at the midfield which had players who always play. They are an outstanding team, super organised, they play with heart, quality and were the better team.”
Leicester City were also missing three players of their usual back four, and Rodgers said: “We have been without five starting players, with others going in and out of the team.
“We have a lot of players missing and when you come up against teams like Liverpool with the squads they have, you need that strength.”
Rodgers added: “We were beaten by the better side. “It’s an easy game to analyse. First half without the ball we were not aggressive enough, in the games against the bigger opponents we can tactically be compact and break out on the counter or have periods with the ball, but we didn’t do that.
“Second half a bit better, we changed the shape of the team and got contact with people. It was then about the next goal, but we conceded from a set-piece and it killed the game. The best team won.”