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Klopp after Liverpool's Carabao Cup loss to Arsenal: 'A penalty shootout is tricky.'

Updated: Oct 3, 2020

The Reds were looking to secured a second win against the Gunners in a week, but Mikel Arteta's men were resilient on the day.


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes they should have won their Carabao Cup match against Arsenal before a penalty shootout decided the outcome.


The Reds were looking to secured a second win against the Gunners in a week, but following a goalless 90 minutes on Merseyside, goalkeeper Bernd Leno saved two penalties in the shootout before Joe Willock secured the win by putting his spot-kick into the net.


Speaking to Sky Sports after the match at Anfield, the German bemoaned the lack of chances in the match 'because there was a lot of work from both teams closing each other down'.


The 53-year-old said: "If there would have been a winner in 90 minutes it should have been us but we are not in dreamland, you have to score. I liked a lot of parts of the game, we mixed it up a lot and I saw a proper performance, a lot of things we like on the pitch when you wear this wonderful shirt. A penalty shoot-out is tricky, everyone knows. That is it."



What did the performance lack? "Goals. So many things are different when you mix it up in decisive positions especially. I really liked how the boys did it, there were a lot of good individual performances, it could have been a Premier League game but here or there we lacked the last pass. There were not a lot of chances in this game because there was a lot of work from both teams closing each other down.


On midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri's absence from the Reds squad, Klopp replied: "Some were not involved. It is the time of the year when some things happen in the background and you have to react - that is what we did."



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