Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted that poor defending has cost his side during the Carabao Cup’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea on Wednesday night at Anfield.

Daniel Sturridge scored on overhead kick just 14 minutes after the break to put the Reds ahead of the visitors.

But Chelsea managed to equalise after 20 minutes thanks to Emerson Palmieri, who scored a tap-in before Eden Hazard came off the bench to score the winner.

Meanwhile, German boss Klopp has claimed that his players have given the Bluesmen too much time to play.

“We knew how Chelsea wanted to play but we gave them too much space and weren’t compact enough,” Klopp told Sky Sports.

“We still had the bigger chances in the first half.”

When asked if Chelsea deserved the free-kick which led to their first goal, Klopp added: “No, I don’t think so.”

“The linesman is in a really good position. There was so much in the game.”

“Unfortunately, in the end, we have to take it. We wanted to win it, we feel unlucky, we hit the bar.”

“I think the first goal is offside. Three players are offside – two for sure.”

“They watched it and didn’t think it was offside. We have to take it. This is good preparation for Saturday but we have to defend better.”

Liverpool will travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening to play Chelsea again in their Premier League showdown.

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