Ranieri: We must focus again

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has conceded that his team weren't good enough to beat Liverpool at Anfield on Boxing Day.

The 1-0 defeat was only their second loss of what has been a truly marvelous season so far for the Foxes.

The most important aspect for Ranieri is how his players recover from this defeat and get themselves ready for their next game, which is at home to title hopefuls Manchester City.

"We started to play so late, I don't know why. 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," he told the club's official website.

"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," he concluded

Even though they lost, Ranieri was still able to walk away from the game with some positives to work on.

"It was a good lesson. 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," he said.

"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."

Next up for Leicester is a clash with an in-form Manchester City team, who brushed Sunderland aside 4-1 on Boxing Day to close the gap between themselves and the Foxes to three points.

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