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Fuming Klopp ‘sick’ of Liverpool’s defence as latest blunders gift Leicester League Cup win, while Alli edges Spurs through

Four matches without a win for Reds after latest gaffes

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 September, 2017, 9:14am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 September, 2017, 12:49pm

Jurgen Klopp admitted he is getting sick of Liverpool’s defensive miscues after they slumped to a 2-0 defeat at Leicester in the League Cup third round.

Klopp’s side crashed out as careless play allowed Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani to score for Leicester in the second half at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday.

Liverpool have kept just two clean sheets this season and have been criticised for letting teams off the hook.

Reds boss Klopp admitted he is now becoming fed up of the sloppy performances which have left his side without a win in four matches.

“After the first goal you saw the heads from Leicester went up, that was a bigger difference,” Klopp said.

“The game changes in moments like this, you have the chance to do it by yourself or sometimes you are on the wrong side and that’s how it is.

“But that we concede like this, that makes me really, really sick.

“We are still a good football team, I see it, but unfortunately it doesn’t feel [like that] at the moment because it’s a cup competition.

“We wanted to go into the next round and nobody is interested who plays the better in the first half.

“The story of this game is really easy to tell, we were the much better team in the first half, we played good football, we didn’t score, that’s sometimes part of football.

“But as long as we concede goals like we conceded today, then it is quite difficult.”

Okazaki came off the bench to fire Leicester ahead in the 65th minute.

Klopp had made eight changes to his starting line-up, giving a first start to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, while Philippe Coutinho played the first 45 minutes before coming off at half-time.

Klopp’s side have now gone four games without a win after frustrating home draws with Burnley and Sevilla followed a 5-0 thrashing at Manchester City.

At Wembley, Tottenham won for just the second time at the national stadium since moving into their temporary home at the start of the season.

With White Hart Lane being redeveloped, Tottenham had been suffering from home sickness after failing to win any of their three Premier League games there.

Mauricio Pochettino admitted this week that his priorities are the Premier League and Champions League, with success in the English domestic cups largely irrelevant for the Tottenham boss.

But Pochettino still sent out a strong side featuring Dele Alli, Son Heung-Min, Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen, while Argentine defender Juan Foyth made his debut and Fernando Llorente got a first start.

Tottenham once again looked uncomfortable in their new abode as second-tier Barnsley held out for 65 minutes before succumbing to a 1-0 defeat in a front of a sparse 23,926 crowd.

England midfielder Alli finally broke the deadlock with a smart finish from Kieran Trippier’s cross to give Tottenham win number two at Wembley following last week’s Champions League success against Borussia Dortmund.

Elsewhere in the third round, Premier League side Stoke slumped to a surprise 2-0 defeat at second-tier Bristol City.

Famara Diedhiou headed City in front in the 50th minute and Matt Taylor added the second on the hour.

Burnley also bowed out after losing 5-3 on penalties following a 2-2 draw with second-tier Leeds at Turf Moor.

Roy Hodgson got his first win as Crystal Palace manager as Bakary Sako sealed a 1-0 win against Huddersfield.

The former England coach’s first game had ended in a 1-0 home defeat against Southampton in the Premier League at the weekend.

But Sako nabbed the first goal of the Hodgson era with a close-range header from a 13th-minute corner at Selhurst Park.

It was Palace’s first goal since August 22 and Mali forward Sako’s first since August 2015.

West Ham beat Bolton 3-0 with goals from Angelo Ogbonna, Diafra Sakho and Arthur Masuaku.

Alfie Mawson and Jordan Ayew scored in Swansea’s 2-0 win at Reading.

Bournemouth beat Brighton 1-0 just four days after defeating their south-coast rivals in the Premier League.