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Andy Robertson and Klopp disappointed with Liverpool’s Carabao Cup loss to Man City.

Updated: Dec 25, 2022

Liverpool defender Andy Robertson says it was “ultimately disappointing” that the Reds crashed out of the Carabao Cup on Thursday night.

Jurgen Klopp disappointed with Carabao Cup loss to Man City [Sky Sports Screen Shot]
Jurgen Klopp disappointed with Carabao Cup loss to Man City [Sky Sports Screen Shot]

Jurgen Klopp’s side were beaten 3-2 by Pep Guardiola’s Cityzens in what was an enthralling match at the Etihad.

City took the lead on three occasions, but Liverpool equalised twice. Erling Haaland was back to scoring ways and broke the deadlock in the 10th minute, but Fabio Carvalho drew the awayside level ten minutes later.

In the 47th minute, Riyad Mahrez made it 2-1 but the hosts didn’t hold the lead for long as Mohamed Salah finished off an assist from Darwin Nunez one minute later.

The winning goal eventually came in the 58th minute when midfielder Kevin de Bruyne delivered a superb far-post cross, which dropped perfectly for Nathan Ake. The Netherlands defender nodded home to ensure the Cityzens qualified for the quarter finals.

City deserved their win as they played better and it means Guardiola is well on course to securing his fifth success in this competition.

'Our first game back in a long time'

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Liverpool defender Andy Robertson said: "There were positives, creating chances, sometimes we looked good on the ball but there were mistakes as well. It's our first game back in a long time and it's not often your first game back is against Manchester City.

"We wanted to stay in this cup, we know how much joy it brought us last season. Ultimately disappointing but when we look at the clips we will be able to take positives.

"It's a good game, both sets of players were out on their feet, and we always raise our games against each other. We didn't start great, go behind, Fabio scored a fabulous goal, we went behind early in the second half, reacted so well, had a couple of chances, then we switched off at a short corner.

"These are things that can't happen - their changing room will be a lot happier than ours."

'The goals we conceded were completely unnecessary'

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp speaking to Sky Sports bemoaned the missed opportunities they had to score more goals.

The German asserted: "We played a formation that we haven't played for a long time, and we had to change in pretty much our last session. You could see that we needed time to adapt.

"In the first 15 minutes we had real problems and that killed our confidence and conviction a little bit.

"The goals we conceded were completely unnecessary. We had good spells and could have scored more goals as well. It's a result we have to live with now.

"It was a high-intensity game from both teams, that's normal. We played a good game but not good enough to beat City tonight. That says something but not everything. It's just how it is.

"There's a lot we can build on and we can take into the next games and that's what we'll do."

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