The troubles continued for Liverpool on Tuesday, as they were eliminated from the Carabao Cup (EFL Cup). They lost 2-0 to Leicester City.
According to The Guardian’s match report, Jürgen Klopp could do nothing but reiterate his frustration as Liverpool once again failed to respond to adversity or defend effectively.
Leicester scored both goals from set pieces. Shinji Okazaki scored the Foxes’ first goal after Liverpool only partially cleared a corner kick. Islam Slimani scored the second off a throw-in.
Klopp said, “That we concede like this makes me really, really sick.”
In the first half, Liverpool played attractive football, much as they did in their recent draws to Burnley in the Premier League and Sevilla in the Champions League.
Liverpool had 13 shots, while Leicester had only three. They held possession for more than 75 percent of the half. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Dominic Solanke both came close to scoring. Liverpool were able to take advantage of Daniel Amartey, who was playing out of position at right back. Philippe Coutinho, who is making his way back to match fitness, participated in a lot of build-up play.
However, Coutinho, who was the best player for Liverpool in the first half, did not play the second half. Klopp said he did not want to overextend him. However, Klopp was surely distressed by how his team responded when the Brazilian was no longer on the pitch.
Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare conceded his team were lucky that Liverpool did not score in the first half. It was his substitution of Okazaki for Leonardo Ulloa early in the second half that began to shift the match in Leicester’s favor. Not only did Okazaki end up scoring the first goal, but he helped create the second.
Shakespeare said, “we really showed a lot of resilience and character to come back the way we did in the second half.”