Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp admits that the Reds “suffered” against 10 men with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane

Jurgen Klopp admits Liverpool ‘had a struggle’ against 10 men even with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane after failing to smash Arsenal’s ‘low mass’ without AFCON stars – as he insists lack of speed was not the problem at the Carabao Cup .











Jurgen Klopp admitted that Liverpool are missing Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane but have struggled to break the 10-man teams even with the superstars of the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Reds were held to a goalless draw with Arsenal in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final on Thursday night after playing against 10 players for over an hour after the red Granit Xhaka was sent off.

Liverpool have been absent from the two stars, Salah and Mane, for several weeks, as the duo represent Egypt and Senegal, respectively, in the African Nations Cup.

Jurgen Klopp said Liverpool struggled to break teams with 10 players

Mohamed Salah (left) and Sadio Mane are out of service at the Africa Cup of Nations

Mohamed Salah (left) and Sadio Mane are out of service at the Africa Cup of Nations

Salah has been in great shape this season, scoring 23 goals and providing 9 assists in 26 games while Mane, on the opposite side, contributed 10 goals and one assist.

‘Do we miss them?’ Yes, Klopp said in his pre-match press conference for his side’s game against Brentford on Sunday.

“But I liked the start we gave in the match yesterday.”

Liverpool failed to smash 10-man Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg on Thursday

Liverpool failed to smash 10-man Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg on Thursday

The Liverpool boss was quick to point out that his side had a hard time facing 10 men when Salah and Mane were on the side as he insisted lack of speed was not the problem in their stalemate with Mikel Arteta at Anfield.

We’ve had conflicts before with Sadio and Mo against 10 men. Low block smashing is the hardest thing in football.

“Last night we didn’t miss the speed, that wasn’t the problem. There was nowhere to use that.

“We just have to build on how we start. We have to play between the lines – thinking fast is more important than running fast. We are here to find solutions.”

Takumi Minamino slams goal as Liverpool attack fails to shoot

Takumi Minamino slams goal as Liverpool attack fails to shoot

Club chose Diogo Jota, Takumi Minamino and Roberto Firmino as the third in front of me in the absence of Salah and Mane, but it was a frustrating night for the owners of the land.

Xhaka was sent off for challenging Jota when he was the last defender in the 24th minute but Liverpool failed to break through.

Minamino hit his lines with the goal gap, shooting the ball from close range in an opportunity that fans described as “easier to score than to miss”.

Divock Origi may have more match time with Salah and Mane on international duty, and Klopp revealed on Friday that the forward is close to full fitness.

“He was running outside and he looked really good so he wouldn’t be far away,” he added.

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