Jurgen Klopp struggles to put his finger on reasons for Liverpool's poor performance in EFL Cup semi-final defeat at Southampton 

By Sam Cunningham for MailOnline |
Jurgen Klopp admitted he could not explain why his Liverpool side were so bad in their 1-0 EFL Cup semi-final first leg defeat to Southampton and that they were lucky not to be out of the tie already.The Liverpool manager, however, insisted that after Loris Karius saved their skins with a series of brilliant saves, the Reds can take Southampton back to Anfield and 'strike back' to progress to Wembley. Nathan Redmond's first-half goal secured the victory but the winger was denied twice more by Liverpool's goalkeeper and struck the crossbar.
Jurgen Klopp watched his Liverpool side lose 1-0 to Southampton in the EFL Cup semi-finals Jurgen Klopp watched his Liverpool side lose 1-0 to Southampton in the EFL Cup semi-finals
Jurgen Klopp watched his Liverpool side lose 1-0 to Southampton in the EFL Cup semi-finals
Klopp will be hoping his players turn the game around in the second leg at Anfield Klopp will be hoping his players turn the game around in the second leg at Anfield
Klopp will be hoping his players turn the game around in the second leg at Anfield
Asked if he knew why it went so badly wrong, Klopp replied: 'I tried already – three, four times now, in other interviews, but I cannot make it better with whatever I say.'After we conceded one goal the game changed. Even I would try to explain it, it's not that easy. I'm actually not used to a reaction like this from my boys but they have to accept that tonight it was not good.'We had not a lot of chances – if we had some [at all]. Maybe Roberto Firmino in the first half. One or two other moments. 'We had a lot of moments in and around the box where we could have had a chance but we didn't make anything of it and that was the situation.'So, the performance of course doesn't feel too good. That's how it is but for the final, I would think it's open. So in this moment, you have two disappointed managers after the game. 'One because he lost and the performance wasn't good and the other because he only won 1-0 and has to go to Anfield afterwards. So that's how it is. We will strike back. We will be a different team. It will be different. 
Klopp handed Daniel Sturridge a piece of paper with tactical notes on it in the second half Klopp handed Daniel Sturridge a piece of paper with tactical notes on it in the second half
Klopp handed Daniel Sturridge a piece of paper with tactical notes on it in the second half
Sturridge shared the information with his team-mates, including Adam Lallana Sturridge shared the information with his team-mates, including Adam Lallana
Sturridge shared the information with his team-mates, including Adam Lallana
'Everything will be different at Anfield. So for us it's still possible to go to Wembley and that's the target.'If you don't win and you don't draw, losing 1-0 is the third best result. I don't like it too much but it's still possible and this team always shows a reaction. 'We have to show a reaction against Southampton but it will be cool if we could also show a reaction at the weekend, because we probably need a better performance to get something at Old Trafford.'In a bizarre moment in the 75th minute, Klopp handed Daniel Sturridge a note and the striker had to hare over to Dejan Lovren to show him, then sprint over to find Adam Lallana to show him, too, before returning to his position up front and discarding the piece of paper.Klopp explained it was to demonstrate a 'new system' to switch to 3-5-2 and added: 'Maybe it was a little bit too late. We gave the paper when the game was already running again, that was our mistake.
Nathan Redmond wheels away in celebration after scoring the only goal of the game Nathan Redmond wheels away in celebration after scoring the only goal of the game
Nathan Redmond wheels away in celebration after scoring the only goal of the game
'That's not about being frustrated. That's about thinking you have chance, that' s all. 'What type of guy would I be if I sit outside if we play well I think I'm a wonderful manager? That's not like this, we tried to help, we thought it makes sense to have real wingers, high, make it more difficult for them to defend the wing.'Southampton boss Claude Puel admitted he was not fully satisfied with the result.‘There is a little frustration at the end of the game with all this many chances and possibilities to score,' he said.The Frenchman left club captain Jose Fonte out of the squad after the defender handed in a transfer request and added: ‘We will see the next days about the possibility [of leaving] or not for Jose. We say before this game I wanted to keep stability on the team because the possibility Jose leaves the club.’