Gone With The Wind: Liverpool Boss Klopp Gives Bizarre Excuse After Southampton Defeat
Premier League giants Liverpool were ousted of the EFL Cup after suffering a 1-0 defeat to Southampton in the second leg of the semi-final clash (2-0 on aggregate).
Shane Long scored a late winner to book a place for Southampton in the final of the EFL Cup.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was not happy with referee Ben Atkinson for not awarding the Reds a penalty after the ball hit Shane Long’s arm inside the penalty box.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager insisted that Southampton deserved to win the clash over the two legs and he accentuated that his players failed to cope with the wind on Wednesday evening.
Klopp said: “I’m disappointed, there’s big disappointment.”
“First of all, big congratulations to Southampton – they won both legs so deserve to go to the final, but I think especially in the game tonight we could have won [the tie], that’s why I am disappointed.”
“First half, it was difficult – the wind was really strange, it was difficult to handle. You saw one or two balls when the ball stopped in a moment when nobody knew about it.”
“That was difficult for a football-playing side. The plan of Southampton was counter-attacking, which they did really well.”
“In the first half, one or two counter-attacks could have been defended better and we should not be in one-on-one situations with Redmond, but all the rest was good play of Southampton.”
Liverpool will now shift their focus on the FA Cup fourth round home clash on Saturday.