Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has expressed his disappointment at his side’s exit from the EFL Cup following their 1-0 defeat to Southampton in the semi-finals on Wednesday.
The Reds were knocked out of the League Cup semi-finals after the Saints claimed a 2-0 aggregate score to advance to the finals at Wembley Stadium next month.
Klopp insisted there were positives to look upon from his side’s overall performance on the night – in which Emre Can and Daniel Sturridge both went close to netting in the second period – though he acknowledged his frustration at the final outcome.
The German manager says he is disappointed because he believes his side deserved to win the second leg but Klopp admits that the Reds has to accept their defeat after suffering defeats in both legs of the semi-finals.
‘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,’ Klopp told the Liverpool website.
‘We are out and we have to accept it. For me as a coach, it is very important to know about the performance and I will not ignore this, but in this moment I am of course disappointed because we would have deserved to win the game tonight.
‘If this would have been enough [to go through to the final], I have no idea. We have to congratulate Southampton and we wish them all the best.’
Liverpool will now turn their attention to the FA Cup when they face Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.
The match at Anfield kicks off at 14:00.
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