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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he is not a clown who is laughing off his team's problems and ignoring the issues which need addressing.
Monday's 3-1 defeat at Leicester was the Reds' fifth in the Premier League - all to bottom-half teams - and left the German and his players open to criticism about tactics, recruitment and attitude.
The jovial Klopp, whose animated presence on the touchline has only added to his reputation, has a tendency to smile and chuckle his way through media questioning.
However, the 49-year-old, who has already demonstrated his iron will this season by exiling indisciplined defender Mamadou Sakho, does not find two wins in 12 matches in 2017 a laughing matter.
"I am not a clown - even though a few people think I am. I am not always laughing like crazy, I am a normal person," he said ahead of the visit of top-four rivals Arsenal.
"It is not about laughing the whole week and ignoring the problems you have.
"We cannot ignore the things that happen around us but I am 100 per cent optimistic again when I think about the Arsenal game - but I cannot say I am in exactly the same mood as the start of the season (when they beat the Gunners 4-3 on the opening day).
"It doesn't feel that free-flowing any more. We have this lack of consistency, we cannot ignore it."
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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has been ruled out of Monday's visit to Leicester with a foot problem.
Press Association Sport understands the England international was injured in training on Friday following a challenge from a team-mate.
Henderson was sent for a scan as there were initial fears he could have broken a metatarsal, which could have potentially ended his season, and that has revealed heavy bruising but no fracture.
It means he will not be in the squad at the King Power Stadium and is now a major doubt for Saturday's visit of top-four rivals Arsenal.
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