Jurgen Klopp has paid tribute to the world-class goal scored by Leicester’s England striker Jamie Vardy against his Liverpool side in Tuesday’s defeat.
The Reds boss admits he was close to spontaneous applause for the majestic second-half strike that sent the league leaders on their way to a 2-0 success.
The former Borussia Dortmund boss says it is a tell-tale sign of the confidence coursing through Leicester and Vardy right now that the frontman even had the courage to shoot from an audacious angle past Simon Mignolet.
Vardy has now scored 18 Premier League goals this season as he continues his quest to force his way into Roy Hodgson’s England XI for Euro 2016 in France this June.
Klopp highlighted a Liverpool move moments before Vardy’s opener where his team failed to try a shot on goal and said Leicester are having no such problems in backing themselves.
“Things like this happen when you are in such a good moment like Jamie Vardy and Leicester are,” Klopp said. “Obviously you need a little bit of luck but it was really good. First of all you need to be brave enough to do it.”
According to Klopp, the striker has merited every single goal that has come his way as well as the plaudits accompanying them.
“It’s the perfect season for Leicester and the perfect season for Jamie Vardy,” added the Anfield chief.
“They deserve every point they get and Jamie has deserved every goal he’s scored until now. I was close to clapping my hands to be honest but I just felt too bad at that moment.”
Leicester are now 6.00 to win the Premier League this season while Liverpool are 8.00 to finish in the top four.