Liverpool were knocked out of the League Cup by Leicester last night despite appearing to control the game in the entire first half.
The Reds once again came unstuck after creating dangerous plays and chances galore but failing to find the back of the net. There’s no denying that some of Liverpool’s passing and movement is a joy to watch but what’s the point in racking up 600 odd passes if you aren’t gonna score?
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Sometimes I honestly feel in these games we should play a more direct style of football but I suppose in hindsight it’s easy to say things like that. On another day we would have scored in that first half and gone on to win.
Klopp played a mixed side introducing several fresh legs including the likes of Flanno, Robertson, Grujic and Solanke up front. He also kept enough experience in the side to make it look as though the match would play out in our favour during the first half.
Coutinho and Gini, in particular, were causing Leicester a lot of problems and also took the focus off Robertson allowing him to play in some superb crosses. Frustratingly though Ings who would have loved to be on the end of a few set pieces did not enter play until late in the second half, by then Coutinho had been replaced meaning players like Albrighton could turn their focus back to shutting off Robertson.
I can’t say I’m that arsed that we’re out, obviously to be great you wanna be chasing all the cups but if there’s one I’d prefer to drop out of it’s this one. Leicester deserved the win in the end after fighting it out and scoring an hour into the second half via Okazaki.
Slimani’s beautiful strike rounded off what was sure to be a great evening for Foxes’ fans and I wish them the best in the next round.
Liverpool of course can’t quite forget about Leicester yet though cause we’ve gotta do it all over a-bloody-gain on Saturday…
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Source: The Liver Bird