Liverpool boss Klopp talks Arsenal and star African trio: Keita among best I've ever seen

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists their Carabao Cup final hopes are alive.

The Reds go to Arsenal next week for the second-leg of the semifinal with the score locked at 0-0.

Klopp said: “We won’t write it off.

“All the things you do in life are experiences, so you either do it again or you don’t. We will play on Sunday against maybe a similar low block set up so there was important information last night.

“It was not the most exciting game but we were really good against a strong Arsenal line up and that is what we will take.”

Liverpool were without Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, and Naby Keita, who are all involved at the African Cup of Nations, for their goalless draw against Arsenal.

“There is nothing bad to say about Sadio and Mo,” said Klopp.

“Naby [Keita], on his day, is one of the best midfielders I have seen, but they are not here. Last night we didn’t miss speed. Arsenal were so deep where did you want to run? There was no space to use them.

“We had to build on how we started. We have to play against deep formations in between the lines and quick thinking is more important than quick running.

“Mo and Sadio can do that but they are not here and the other players can do it as well. It was clear that we would sit here after a 0-0 and you were going to ask about Sadio and Mo.

“Last night we were not perfect but you have to get through different periods in a season and this is ours.”

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