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Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp explains heated words with Xherdan Shaqiri

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Reds boss insists he was castigating star over a free-kick and nothing more

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed the cause of his frustration with Xherdan Shaqiri at the end of their Carabao Cup loss to Chelsea.

The Reds were defeated 2-1 by the Blues as Emerson and Eden Hazard struck following Daniel Sturridge’s opener.

Liverpool star Xherdan Shaqiri in action against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup

Liverpool star Xherdan Shaqiri in action against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup

After the final whistle Klopp was seen angrily having words with summer signing Xherdan Shaqiri, following several frustrating moments throughout the game.

But the reason for Shaqiri’s public dressing down on the pitch was revealed to be due to a moment in they game’s dying embers when the Swiss star allowed Jordan Henderson to take a free-kick rather than doing it himself and playing in team-mate Mohamed Salah.

“I spoke about a free-kick, the last one,” said Klopp. “We wanted to have Mo a bit wider, so we had passed the ball to Mo, the whole bunch of players was in one direction – where we shot the ball, actually.

“But if we can send Mo into a one-on-one situation in the last situation of the game, it would have been not too bad. What I said was about the free-kick, nothing else.”

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