Liverpool, Stoke dumped out of the EFL Cup, Crystal Palace win


Jürgen Klopp

Liverpool were dumped out the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night by Leicester City, at the Foxes’ King Power Stadium.

Despite dominating the game with 70 per cent possession and 21 shots to Leicester’s eight, Jurgen Klopp’s side failed to seriously test Ben Hamer in the hosts’ goal.

And, as the visitors grew increasingly frustrated with their inability to find the back of the net, Shinji Okazaki fired Leicester in front with a shot that deflected off Andrew Robertson past Danny Ward.

With time running out, Islam Slimani put the result beyond doubt by firing a wonderful long-range strike into the top left corner of Ward’s goal.

This was Klopp’s team’s fourth successive game without a victory, and while defeat in the Carabao Cup third round is not the season’s worst outcome for Liverpool it does pose uncomfortable questions about the recruitment and gameplan so early in the season

Klopp was not happy with the way the team conceded the goals saying “That we concede like this, that makes me really, really sick,” said Klopp. “You cannot play football and do that.

“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.”

Elsewhere Bristol City shocked Premier League Stoke city, they beat there visitors by 2 goals to nil. Famara Diedhiou opened the scoring for Bristol City with his third goal in as many games, and Matty Taylor wrapped up the win for the hosts with a fierce low strike.

Hughes reacted saying: “We have to pick ourselves up because we have a big game at the weekend. We have to get the answers. It wasn’t a performance I take any pleasure in.

“We made a few changes, like most teams at this stage of the competition, but we were still strong enough and we should have defended better.”

Roy Hodgson got his first win as Crystal Palace boss at home to Huddersfield, Bakary Sako headed the only goal of the game.

“The week’s work has really pleased me,” said Hodgson. “I’m pleased with the win, pleased with the first-half performance after only a week’s work.

“The second half I was pleased when the going got tougher; we had to dig in, fight, chase and we did that too. It was a very positive evening. We left a lot of players out who have been playing.”

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