Leicester City 2, Liverpool 0: Jurgen Klopp fumes as sloppy Liverpool bow out of Carabao Cup

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Islam Slimani netted Leicester's second goal in their 2-0 win over Liverpool (Source: Getty)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp bemoaned his side’s sloppiness after the Reds crashed out of the Carabao Cup following defeat to Leicester in a battle of two much-changed teams in Tuesay's third-round tussle.

The Merseysiders paid the price for failing to take advantage of a dominant first half as goals from substitute Shinji Okazaki and fellow striker Islam Slimani ushered the eight-time tournament winners through the exit door.

Klopp spoke in the build up to the clash of feeling free from pressure as he searches for the maiden trophy of his Anfield reign, but cut a frustrated figure as another opportunity for that elusive piece of silverware slipped away.

“The goals came from a second ball after a corner and then a throw-in. I’m sick of goals like this to be honest, it’s unbelievable,” said Klopp.

“You cannot play football and let this Leicester team somehow survive in the game because we are not clinical enough. Sometimes this is okay but you have to concentrate until the end. They scored too easily.

“The first goal, we don’t push up together. You can say it one time or one thousand times, it’s not nice to concede these type of goals and we did it again.”

Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare, meanwhile, urged his side to use their victory as a mechanism to ignite their campaign which has seen the 2016 Premier League champions post just one win one from their opening five matches.

“There is a happy dressing room,” said Shakespeare. “Hopefully we can get a good cup run, that’s the aim. If you’re in a cup, you’re in it to win it. We have to kickstart the season and hopefully this does it.”

Liverpool took control of proceedings in the opening period with Philippe Coutinho instrumental but they were unable to conjure a breakthrough.

Klopp opted to replace Coutinho at the break and Liverpool lacked the same spark after the restart, while the Foxes opened the scoring on 65 minutes as Okazaki fired home Vicente Iborra’s cushioned knockdown.

Leicester settled matters on 78 minutes as Slimani exchanged passes with Okazaki before lashing a left-footed effort beyond Liverpool’s stand-in goalkeeper Danny Ward from outside the penalty area.

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