Liverpool’s defence were typically vulnerable to long balls and direct play in the League Cup loss to Leicester City, forcing Jurgen Klopp to admit he was ‘sick’ of seeing his side give away cheap goals in the post-match interview.
The Reds were dumped out of the League Cup by Leicester City on Tuesday following a 2-0 loss despite creating a host of chances and controlling most of the game, something the German manager was eager to express.
“I’m sick of goals like this to be honest, you cannot play football and do that,” Jurgen Klopp told Sky Sports in the post-match interview.
Liverpool had 21 shots at goal and 70% of possession against The Foxes but could do nothing to stop efforts from Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani.
“We always have to defend these situations better. The second ball after the corner, it’s close but it’s not offside, so we need to make it more clear that it’s offside. The only thing you can do is to push up – we didn’t.”
In almost a repeat of the goal conceded against Burnley in the Premier League on the weekend, a diagonal ball in the air, knock-down and strike into the bottom corner from Leicester took them into the lead just past the hour mark.
Whether it was the simplicity or possible déjà vu of the strike that bothered Jurgen Klopp so much, there was more to come when Islam Slimani found some space outside the area following a throw-in – much akin to how Liverpool conceded the second to Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League.
“With the second one, it’s a throw-in again…that we concede like this, that makes me really, really sick.”
Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool have the chance to rectify themselves when they meet Leicester City in the Premier League at the King Power Stadium once again on the weekend.