Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes that although the club is missing Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane they must get through this period without the duo. Liverpool drew a blank in their first game without the duo in the semi-final of the Carabao Cup against Arsenal. They could not break down Arsenal despite them playing more than an hour with 10 men.
“The only way we can avoid this kind of question is by scoring,” Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said. “The situation is clear: they are not here and they are world-class players. Do we miss them? Yes, but it’s not about who is not here, but about how we can do better. The start was really good, we caused Arsenal a lot of problems, we pressed the right spaces, we created enough and then the red card happened. You have to break down a really low block, and that’s the most difficult thing. We couldn’t do that last night.”
“There’s absolutely nothing bad to say about Sadio and Mo,” he added. “Outstanding players. Naby I would say is one of the best midfielders I ever saw. But they are not here. Last night we didn’t miss speed – that was not our problem. They were so deep, where do we want to run? Over the touchline, into the stands? There was no space. There are so many things we can do – counter-pressing, winning the ball back – that’s not about pace. We have to play against deep formations, in between the lines. Quick thinking is much more important than quick running. Yes, Mo, Sadio, and Naby can think quickly but they are not here.”