Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was happy with what he saw from his side, despite their penalty shoot out defeat to Arsenal in the Carabao Cup on Thursday evening.
Jurgen Klopp made nine changes from the side that dominated the Gunners on Monday evening, Mo Salah and Virgil Van Dijk the only two men to retain their place, while Diogo Jota made his first start for the club having scored in the Premier League meeting.
In fairness, Liverpool were perhaps the better side and should have been ahead, Takumi Minamino somehow striking the crossbar from close range on the stroke of half-time, while Arsenal stopper Bernd Leno was also in excellent form to deny the Reds attack, summer signing Diogo Jota seeing his volleyed effort acrobatically saved by the German.
With the sides unable to be split after 90, somewhat dull, minutes, the tie went to penalties, the home side seeing both Divock Origi and Harry Wilson missing, while ‘keeper Adrian failed to save Joe Willock’s limp effort that sealed the away side’s progression to the next round.
Despite seeing his side once again fail to reach the latter stages of the competition, Reds manager Klopp was seemingly pleased with his side’s performance, although acknowledged that they potentially should have wrapped up the game in within 90 minutes.
“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,” Klopp told Sky Sports.
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“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.”
Having made so many changes the home side were potentially not quite firing on all cylinders, Klopp outlining how there were a number of ‘good individual performances’ yet his side at times ‘lacked the last pass’ and the ability to find the back of the net.
“Goals. So many things are different when you mix it up in decisive positions especially,” the German coach said.
”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.”
Liverpool will be looking to continue their stellar league form when they face Aston Villa on Sunday.