Jurgen Klopp Explains Heated Discussion With Xherdan Shaqiri
Liverpool lost to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup last night, denying Jurgen Klopp the chance to win his first piece of silverware as Reds' manager. He's explained why he was annoyed with Xherdan Shaqiri at full time.
There's no doubt that Jurgen Klopp has improved Liverpool's chances of winning something since he arrived at Anfield to replace Brendan Rodgers. The Premier League looks a distinct possibility this season and last year they reached the Champions League final.
The Carabao Cup could have been the boost that the Reds needed in order to give them momentum on the way to bigger competitions ahead.
Instead their hopes were dashed by rivals Chelsea and in particular Eden Hazard's brilliant second half goal.
That would have disappointed Klopp and, whereas the manager is normally famed for the love and affection he gives to his players at full time, usually in the form of a big bear hug, the former Borussia Dortmund boss was pictured being very annoyed with Xherdan Shaqiri.
Klopp was spotted having an argument with the forward by tv cameras with the pair being very animated and Shaqiri looking like he was being told off by his dad. After the match Klopp explained what they were talking about, saying:
"I spoke about a free-kick - the last one. Mo was standing wide and a whole bunch of players were in one the direction where we shot the ball.
"If he could have played in Mo on a one-on-one situation in the last minute of the game it would have been not too bad. It was only about the free-kick, nothing else."
After all that though the German did seem to suggest that he had another issue with the Swiss forward's performance adding, "But at 1-0, Shaq was completely alone in the box and maybe you will have to ask him why he didn't shoot in that situation."
Seems a little passive aggressive.
Liverpool do have a chance to get instant revenge on the Blues as they face each other in the late kick off on Saturday in the Premier League.
Klopp's side will be looking to keep their 100% record and stay top of the league, something tells me Shaqiri hasn't done enough to keep himself in the starting XI.