Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted he was “not happy” with Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno’s superb performance during his side’s Carabao Cup tie on Thursday evening.
The Gunners No.1 was superb throughout the 0-0 stalemate between the two teams at Anfield, making a number of fine stops to keep his side in the game.
And he was then the hero in the penalty shootout after he saved from Divock Origi and Harry Wilson to secure Arsenal a 5-4 win and progression to the quarter-finals.
Klopp revealed that he spoke with his fellow German after the game, and told him he was not best pleased with the way he had managed to deny his players from scoring all night.
“I told him after the game, I was not too happy about that!” Klopp said.
“We had really good moments – as a manager I wish that we scored but I want to see us create.
“Yes, the boys can play better but I am not sure they can play better after two days’ training against a changed Arsenal team.”
The result sees Liverpool yet again disappoint in a domestic cup under Klopp, but the Reds boss had nothing but praise for his opponents after the defeat.
“They did their analysis as well and didn’t give us the space like the last game,” he added. “You have to learn from the game and I thought the boys did really well.
“We defended them really well and played some really good football. Diogo (Jota) had some good moments, his physicality with his technique was really good to watch.
“We showed the quality, it just didn’t work out tonight and that is completely okay. We will try again, I will promise.”
Both teams return to Premier League action this weekend, with Liverpool travelling to Aston Villa on Sunday and Arsenal hosting Sheffield United the same day.
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