‘What I can say is he is not injured and it is not for disciplinary reasons’: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp remains coy on whether Xherdan Shaqiri is departing after winger was left out of Carabao Cup loss to Arsenal
- Jurgen Klopp has said Xherdan Shaqiri’s absence was not due to injury reasons
- The Liverpool manager hinted that it was due to the wingers transfer negations
- Having impressed in the previous round against Lincoln, Shaqiri is hot property
- Liverpool lost 4-3 on penalties to Arsenal after a goalless 90 minutes at Anfield
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp appeared to have suggested that Xherdan Shaqiri’s absence from his Carabao Cup side was due to the wingers ongoing transfer negations.
Shaqiri was nowhere to be seen for Liverpool as they lost 4-3 to Arsenal on penalties after a goalless 90 minutes at Anfield, but Klopp was reluctant to say whether the Switzerland international would be leaving before the end of the transfer window.
Having impressed in the previous round against Lincoln City, it has been suggested that the club were unwilling to risk playing him incase an injury scuppers a potential move.
Jurgen Klopp has said Xherdan Shaqiri’s Carabao Cup absence was not due to injury reasons
When asked about Shaqiri’s absence, Klopp said: ‘I can’t and I don’t want to say anything about that. What I can say is he is not injured and it is not for disciplinary reasons.
‘It is a time of the year when a manager get some information then I have to react on that.’
The Liverpool manager went on to share his opinion on the game, saying he felt his side deserved to win the game but accepted their fate in the shoot-out.
He even told Bernd Leno after the match he was not happy with his compatriot’s match-winning performance.
Klopp has hinted that it was down to the current transfer negotiations for the youngster
Klopp also told Bernd Leno that he was not happy with his match-winning performance
‘I told him after the game, I was not too happy about that,’ the former Borussia Dortmund boss said.
‘We had some really good moments – as a manager I wish that we scored but I want to see us create.
‘We showed the quality, it just didn’t work out tonight and that is completely OK. We will try again, I will promise.
‘Yes, we could have been a bit more clinical in finishing but Leno made a really good game.
‘In the end the penalty shoot-out, it is luck and a lot of things, but Arsenal shot really well and us not exactly the same and that is why we lost.’