Liverpool FC spurned several chances to take a first half lead in Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup game, with an irritated Jurgen Klopp saying the Red’s defending in the 2-0 defeat made him feel ‘really, really sick.’
Second half strikes from Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani in the third round tie, ensured Liverpool crash out the Carabao Cup at the King Power Stadium, leaving Klopp trophyless after two years in charge at Anfield.
Liverpool had started well, dominating the first half with Philippe Coutinho being the biggest threat to the Foxes. However, once the Brazilian was withdrawn at the interval due to fitness levels, the Red’s seemed to drop off giving Leicester a lifeline.
Summer signings Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Dominic Solanke both missed good opportunities for the visitors, who made eight changes from their 1-1 draw with Burnley on Saturday in their Premier League fixture.
Both Leicester’s goals came from set pieces Shinji Okazaki, who came off the bench scored the first following a half-cleared corner and Islam Slimani added a brilliant second with a shot from distance after Liverpool were slow to react to a throw-in.
This was Liverpool’s fourth game without a win and with 76% possession yet managing to squander numerous opportunities in the first half, Klopp was left irritated.
“I’m sick of goals like this to be honest, you cannot play football and do that,” a feisty and disappointed Klopp told Sky Sports. “We conceded like this, that makes me really, really sick.
“The Leicester team somehow survive in the game as we aren’t clinical enough. That is okay, but then you need to stay concentrated. They scored too easy.
“With the first goal we don’t push up together… I’ve said it a thousand times. It’s actually easy to explain, we played good football in the first-half and missed big chances.
“The goals we conceded are a second ball from a corner and a throw-in again. As long as we concede goals like we conceded today again then it is quite difficult. Everyone can imagine we know how to defend them but obviously we don’t do it.”