Jurgen Klopp admitted he wasn’t “too happy” with Bernd Leno after the Arsenal keeper helped dump his Liverpool side out of the Carabao Cup. The German stood tall at Anfield, making a string of impressive saves, before making himself the hero in the ensuing penalty shootout.
Arsenal managed to keep a clean sheet against the champions, but only down to Leno’s brilliance in between the sticks.
He produced point blank saves to deny Virgil van Dijk and Diogo Jota, while he somehow plucked out a Marko Grujic header that looked destined for the top corner.
And then with a place in the last eight on the line, Leno saved Divock Origi’s and Harry Wilson’s spot-kicks to earn Mikel Arteta’s side the victory.
And speaking after the game, Klopp admitted that he had words with Arsenal’s number one as he ended their 100 per cent start to the season.
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He said: “I told him after the game, I was not too happy about that!
“We had really good moments – as a manager I wish that we scored but I want to see us create.
“Yes, the boys can play better but I am not sure they can play better after two days’ training against a changed Arsenal team.”
And Arteta also heaped praise on the Gunners’ undsputed No.1, as he answered any questions about the decision to sell Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa.
The Spaniard had taken over from Leno last season, after he suffered injury, but the Gunners boss claimed he always had faith in the German.
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“I really believe in Bernd,” Arteta said after the win at Anfield. “I know him really well, I know what people give us,” he said.
“We have to adapt to the circumstances we have. We cannot do everything we want in the market.
“We have some players with value and at some stage we have to make decisions.
“We really liked Emi, we didn’t want him to go but it was probably the right thing for both parties to do.
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Leno also revealed he didn’t have any concerns over his status at the Emirates, despite Martinez’s heroics at the back end of last term.
“No. I’ve never feared it,” he told Sky Sports. “The club always gave me the feeling I was the number one, I am the number one and will be the number one.
“That was always very good from the club – my job is to prove it every week and I think I’ve done it again.”
Arsenal’s win sets up a quarter-final tie with Manchester City that will be played in December.
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