Loris Karius reveals criticial Klopp message to Liverpool team after semi-final defeatPublished January 12, 2017
Loris Karius has revealed that Jurgen Klopp was left far from impressed by Liverpool’s response to going a goal down in their EFL Cup semi-final first leg defeat against Southampton.
The Reds toiled for much of the south coast clash in one of their worst performances of the season to date, with Nathan Redmond’s 20th minute winner the difference between the two sides.
In truth, such was the incessant nature of the hosts’ pressure that a clearer margin of victory wouldn’t have been harsh on Klopp’s side. Goalscorer Redmond drew a fine save out of Karius in the Liverpool goal shortly after the opener, while the same player hit the woodwork in the second period with the German well-beaten.
Following the match, a visibly irritated Klopp suggested that his team had deserved to lose by more than the one-goal scoreline, with the ex-Borussia Dortmund coach also reaffirming his belief that his team are still in with a good chance of progressing to the showpiece Wembley final.
“It could and should have been 2-0, 3-0. The best thing for us is the result. We know that we can play better at Anfield, nothing is decided,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“We cannot be happy with the performance, Southampton cannot be happy with the result. I can’t remember a clear chance for us.
“We gave the ball away so easily and we needed Loris Karius to save our lives two or three times.”
And goalkeeper Karius- arguably one of the Reds’ better performers on his return to the side- admitted that his fellow countryman had left the Liverpool squad in no uncertain terms as to what they’d done wrong in the defeat.
“He said after the first goal we should have shown a different reaction because it’s a cup game and one goal is really nothing,” he said in an interview with the official Liverpool website.
“After the first goal is when they really came at us, and [he said] we should have been stronger and more positive.”
Currently sat in second-place in the Premier League table, Liverpool play north-west rivals Manchester United on Sunday, with the second-leg of the EFL Cup tie scheduled for January 25.