Southamptons job well done on Liverpool leaves Klopp needing urgent response
There was no disguising the EFL Cup mattered authorized canada goose outlet to Jrgen Klopp or that the momentum and cutting edge that propelled Liverpool until new year has best canada goose jacket womens vanished at a critical juncture. Wembley also disappeared from view amazon canada goose jacket on a painful night for Klopps team as Southampton executed their game-plan anyone has got canada goose coat to perfection at Anfield. A job well done by Claude Puel, and a job done on Liverpool.
Since victory at Burton Albion in the opening round, the Liverpool manager had made no secret of his ambition to reach the final and to go one better than last seasons penalty shoot-out defeat against Manchester City. Those hopes were ruined by wasteful finishing, a lack of invention and another resolute display from Puels side. Klopp insisted there was nothing wrong with his teams creativity in the semi-final, that only their finishing was amiss. However, Jack Stephens and Maya Yoshida were composure personified at the heart of the Southampton defence, and the merits of their victory over two legs was unquestioned.
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For Liverpool, a semi-final exit hard on buy canada goose jacket winnipeg the heels of falling 10 points behind Chelsea in the race for the Premier League title has extinguished optimism at Anfield. They can ill-afford deflation to take root when Wolverhampton Wanderers arrive in the FA Cup on Saturday followed by Antonio Contes pacesetters next Tuesday.
Klopp broke from his usual post-match routine after the defeat by Swansea City C Liverpools first at home in the league for over a year C to convene a team meeting the following day at Melwood instead of an immediate debrief in the dressing room. His message was that players should enjoy this, even when we dont come through after five minutes. That problem was evident on Saturday when, despite legitimate focus on absent players and fatigue, Liverpool appeared to expect rather than force victory against the relegation-threatened visitors. They could not be faulted on that score against Southampton but once again the vibrancy of recent months was missing.
The Liverpool managers actions, and team selection for the second leg, underlined the significance of four consecutive home games to his ambitions for the season and the need for an immediate reaction having fallen at the first. There was huge encouragement for the hosts before kick benefits of canada goose jacket off when it was confirmed Southampton average price for a canada goose jacket centre-half Virgil van Dijk was absent due to an ankle injury. The Holland international had been imperious in the first meeting and his absence C possibly for the long term C piled responsibility onto Stephens in the heart of the visiting defence. Anfield represented the England under-21 internationals sixth appearance for his boyhood club but his inexperience was rarely examined in a flat first half. He thrived when tested after the interval, so too Yoshida, while Steven Davis and Oriol Romeu best canada goose jacket for men excelled in central midfield.
As against Swansea, a deep-lying defence and Liverpools struggle to find a way through stretched the patience of the Anfield crowd. It was stretched a little too far by Daniel Sturridges carelessness in possession judging by the groans that greeted his slips and misses. Sturridge was handed the central striking role as Klopp shifted Adam Lallana back into midfield against his former club and deployed his two Brazilians canada goose jackets, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, to the right and left respectively.