Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp Finds Strange Excuse for Southampton Defeat

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp at Anfield, Liverpool, England, January 25. Klopp's team exited the EFL Cup to Southampton at the semi-final stage. Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty

Jurgen Klopp blamed swirling winds for Liverpool's poor performance against Southampton, as the Anfield club went crashing out of the EFL Cup semi-finals on Wednesday evening.

Liverpool might have expected to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg against Claude Puel's well-organized side, but Southampton created the better chances on Merseyside and deservedly scored the only goal of the game through Shane Long in injury time.

"I'm disappointed, there's big disappointment. First of all, big congratulations to Southampton—they won both legs so deserve to go to the final, but I think especially in the game tonight we could have won [the tie], that's why I am disappointed," Klopp told Liverpool's official website.

"First half, it was difficult—the wind was really strange, it was difficult to handle. You saw one or two balls when the ball stopped in a moment when nobody knew about it. That was difficult for a football-playing side. The plan of Southampton was counter-attacking, which they did really well. In the first half, one or two counter-attacks could have been defended better and we should not be in one-on-one situations with Redmond, but all the rest was good play of Southampton."

Liverpool is back in action on Saturday, when it faces Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup at Anfield.