Brendan Rodgers said he does not “go with the narrative” that Leicester City were beaten by a depleted Liverpool team at Anfield on Sunday night.
While City have had their own injury problems this season, the champions had three of their regular back-line, as well as captain Jordan Henderson and star forward Mo Salah sidelined.
Still, the Reds were much the better side, winning comfortably thanks to an own goal from Jonny Evans, plus headers from Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino.
But Rodgers did not consider it a missed opportunity to get one over Liverpool while they had injuries, pointing to the strength of their squad.
“I don’t go with that narrative,” said the City boss. “Matip is a top defender, Robertson was still in there.
“I think (Liverpool’s injuries) has been the narrative leading into the game all week, but we’ve done well even with five players out at some points.
“Liverpool have an incredible record at Anfield, and it shows you the power and the strength in depth they have. They have an outstanding squad of players.”
Rodgers also said the game was not similar to the 4-0 defeat to Liverpool at the King Power Stadium last Boxing Day as this was much easier to analyse.
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“It’s not quite the last time,” he said. “We can analyse it much clearer.
“I think it’s an easy game to analyse. We weren’t aggressive enough. We can be tactically compact and break out or have periods with the ball, but we didn’t do that. When you have a lack of aggression off the ball, then it’s difficult to flip over and be that when you have it.
“The second half was better. We got in contact with people. But then we concede another goal from a set-piece because we weren’t aggressive enough in our marking. The best team won. We’re disappointed.
“But the players have been great, to have played Man City and Arsenal and Liverpool and Leeds away, it’s tough. They’ve been brilliant, especially with everyone out.
“We’ll put it behind us very quickly. We don’t dwell on it. We’ve had a terrific start.”