Jurgen Klopp admits the he felt “really sick” after watching his Liverpool side concede once more from a set piece against Leicester City on Wednesday morning.
The Reds were sent crashing out of the Carabao Cup following a 2-0 defeat at the King Power Stadium, marking their fourth straight game without a win across all competitions.
Once again Liverpool were let down by defensive frailty, as Shinji Okazaki found the net on the end of a corner and a throw in led to Islam Slimani sealing the result.
In a story that is becoming all to familiar for the Merseysiders, Klopp admits that his players need to develop a stronger mentality in these situations.
“Of course we know how to defend a set piece, a throw in,” he told reporters after the match.
“Then you change two or three times and in the end it’s obviously [different].
“I’m in the [same] boat, [it’s] not that I say I told you and you don’t know, I feel really bad in the moment about this.
“It’s not about not knowing [how to defend], it’s about doing it in this moment.
“That we concede like this, that makes me really, really sick, that’s hard.”
Star midfielder Philippe Coutinho only featured for the first half of the contest, but Klopp claims that limiting his exposure on the pitch is necessary to bring the Brazilian back to full fitness.
“That was the plan before the game,” he added.
“He needs match time, but the plan did not allow to let him play again 90 minutes, or 60, or 70, or 80.
“45 is the limit, we need to make him fit but we cannot push him through.”