Jurgen Klopp says finishing let Liverpool down against Southampton
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says his team lacked cutting edge as they crashed out of the EFL Cup semi final to Southampton after a 1-0 defeat at Anfield.
The Reds were looking to overturn a one goal deficit from the first leg at St Mary’s last week, but were undone by a late counter attack which was finished off by Shane Long.
Klopp picked a strong side with Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, fresh from signing a new five-year contract at the club, all starting, but he was left scratching his head as Liverpool fell at the penultimate hurdle.
“We didn’t score, that’s it,” he fumed.
“What can we say? In the second half we could have scored four or five times.”
The German was also unhappy with the referee for not spotting a handball by goalscorer Long during the game, but alluded to his side not getting decisions previously.
“Obviously, the ref could have helped too,” he continued.
“It would be really nice if we could have heard a whistle for obvious things like the handball, but I don’t know how many times these things have happened this season.
“We never say anything. After Man United, a clear offside goal and nobody says anything. Today, a clear hand ball and we say nothing.”
Southampton will now face either Hull City or Manchester United, who play tomorrow, in the final at Wembley Stadium.