Brendan Rodgers has questioned the effect of Liverpool’s injury crisis after admitting his Leicester City side were deservedly beaten at Anfield.
The Reds moved joint-top of the Premier League with an impressive 3-0 dismissal of the Foxes on Sunday evening.
A Jonny Evans own goal, Diogo Jota’s eighth strike of the campaign and a late Roberto Firmino header ensured a club-record 64th successive home league game unbeaten.
Liverpool kept only a second top-flight clean sheet of the campaign despite missing first-choice defenders Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
But former Reds boss Rodgers believes his counterpart Jurgen Klopp could still call upon a quality backline.
“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.
“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.”
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Leicester were also missing three of their usual back four, and Rodgers added: “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 bemoaned a passive first-half performance from his players as key to their defeat, with Leicester having already won at Manchester City and Arsenal this term.
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“We were beaten by the better side,” he said. “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.”