Liverpool flop enrages Klopp
LIVERPOOL failed to finish off a slew of chances and conceded a sloppy goal in a 2-0 loss at Leicester in the English League Cup, arousing the ire of its frustrated manager Juergen Klopp yesterday.
It is becoming a familiar narrative for the Reds in a disappointing month when they haven't won any of their four matches. Questions are now being asked the team's efficiency at both ends of the field.
Liverpool over-ran Leicester in a dominant first-half display, with Philippe Coutinho orchestrating the attacks from midfield. But the visitors struggled after the Brazil playmaker was substituted at halftime of the third-round match in a pre-planned move from Klopp.
In another game-changing substitution, Shinji Okazaki came on in the 53rd minute for Leicester, scored 12 minutes later with a deflected shot after Liverpool's defence was beaten to two headers, and then laid the ball on for Islam Slimani to drive home a stunning second goal at King Power stadium.
"Second ball from a corner and a goal from a throw-in — I'm sick of goals like this, to be honest. Unbelievable," Klopp said.
Referring to the first goal, Klopp added: "We didn't push up together — I say it one time, I say it a thousand times. It's not nice to concede these goals."
Since beating Arsenal 4-0 in the Premier League before the international break, Liverpool have been thrashed 5-0 by Manchester City and drawn 1-1 at home to Burnley in the league, conceded late to draw 2-2 with Sevilla in the Champions League, and have now been eliminated from the League Cup.
Tottenham was among the other Premier League teams to win on a night when top-flight sides mostly fielded fringe players for what is regarded as the inferior cup competition on the English calendar, compared to the FA Cup.
Tottenham beat second-tier Barnsley 1-0 thanks to Dele Alli's close-range goal in the 65th minute.
Tottenham haven't won any of their three Premier League games at Wembley this season, but have beaten Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.
Crystal Palace scored their first goal since August 22 to earn a 1-0 win over Huddersfield and a first victory under new manager Roy Hodgson. Bakary Sako was the scorer from a corner.
Stoke lost 2-0 at Bristol City and Burnley were eliminated on penalties by Leeds after a 2-2 draw, as two second-tier League Championship teams got the better of Premier League sides.
Bristol City also knocked out a Premier League team in Watford in the second round.
Bournemouth, West Ham and Swansea were Premier League teams to advance to round four.