Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp expressed his annoyance at questions about Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah after his side’s 0-0 draw with Arsenal.
The Reds were at home in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi final, and played against 10 men for much of the contest after an early Granit Xhaka red card.
However, they could not break down a stubborn Arsenal defense, and seemed to miss attackers Salah and Mane, who are at AFCON.
Klopp said: “Tell me one team who wouldn’t miss Sadio Mane and Mo Salah and Naby Keita! Of course we miss them.
“We have known that already for years that it could happen. So, could we have been better prepared for it? I don’t think so because all the things we did in the past were because we had the team we had, so that’s the situation.
“What I don’t like too much is when journalists ask me questions about what our fans worry about, I don’t understand it.
“Are you that close with our supporters that you can ask these questions [and] worry about contract situations and stuff like this? That has nothing to do with the game tonight, absolutely nothing.
“Tonight we had a football problem and this team which we lined up tonight can play or sort that football problem, definitely. But we should not ignore there is an opponent as well fighting for something and it was a very passionate performance from Arsenal tonight. That’s why it was a 0-0, we accept that. But from here we go.”