‘Sick’ Klopp blasts defensive performance after EFL Cup exit


LONDON: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said he was “sick of conceding goals” after his side’s defensive problems returned to haunt them in a 2-0 League Cup defeat by Leicester City on Tuesday.

Klopp’s side enjoyed 70 % of the ball in the third round tie and had 21 shots compared to Leicester’s eight, but failure to cope with basic defensive tasks cost them.

Liverpool have kept two clean sheets in nine matches so far this season and are winless in four games in all competitions.

Leicester substitute Shinji Okazaki took advantage in the 65th minute when Liverpool failed to clear a corner and the Japan forward’s deflected shot crept into the net.

Liverpool’s defence was also culpable in the 78th minute, switching off from a throw-in, although Islam Slimani’s left-footed finish into the top corner was sublime.

“We played really good football in the first half, we should have decided the game early. We had big chances, strange situations but it’s football, it’s at least a 90-minute game,” said Klopp. “It’s second ball after a corner, I think, and a throw-in again. I’m sick of goals like this to be honest. You cannot play football and do that. I can say it one time or 1,000 times or whatever — it’s not nice to have to concede these goals.”

The former Dortmund manager also reveals that he believes Foxes clinched the knock-out tie because his team was not clinical. “Leicester somehow survived in the game because we are not clinical enough,” he said. “That’s sometimes okay but then you need to stay concentrated until the end and at least you don’t allow them to score… and yeah, they scored too easy.”

Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho was substituted at halftime, but Klopp said it was not through injury. “It was clear that 45 is the limit, we need to make him fit but we cannot push him through. That’s all,” he said.

Liverpool visit Leicester’s King Power Stadium again on Saturday in the Premier League, hoping to get back on track. “Will I still feel sick when I come back here on Saturday? I lost more games in my life unfortunately and, believe me or not, tomorrow morning I am fine,” he said.