Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp felt his side more than deserved to beat Arsenal in the Carabao Cup on Thursday night but accepted their fate in the shoot-out.
Bernd Leno delivered at Anfield with a string of second-half saves to keep the game goalless, which allowed Arsenal to win their second penalty shoot-out against Liverpool in just over a month, having done so in the Community Shield in late August, with midfielder Joe Willock scoring the decisive kick to make it 5-4 in sudden death.
Klopp even told Leno after the match he was not happy with his compatriot’s match-winning performance.
“I told him after the game, I was not too happy about that,” the former Borussia Dortmund boss said.
“We had some really good moments – as a manager I wish that we scored but I want to see us create.
“We showed the quality, it just didn’t work out tonight and that is completely OK. We will try again, I will promise.
“Yes, we could have been a bit more clinical in finishing but Leno made a really good game.
“In the end the penalty shoot-out, it is luck and a lot of things, but Arsenal shot really well and us not exactly the same and that is why we lost.”
Klopp left Xherdan Shaqiri out of his side after receiving interest from two clubs but the Reds boss refused to be drawn on whether the Switzerland international would be leaving before the end of the transfer window.
“I can’t and I don’t want to say anything about that. What I can say is he is not injured and it is not for disciplinary reasons,” he added.
“It is a time of the year when a manager get some informations then I have to react on that.”
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