Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confronted Xherdan Shaqiri after the Chelsea defeat (Picture: Sky Sports)
Xherdan Shaqiri has played down his confrontation with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp after the Carabao Cup defeat to Chelsea.
Klopp stormed onto the pitch after Wednesday’s 2-1 loss – which was settled by Eden Hazard’s superb late goal – and berated summer signing Shaqiri.
Shaqiri earned his second start for Liverpool against Chelsea, having made his full debut last weekend in the victory over Southampton.
Klopp said after the match that he confronted former Stoke City star Shaqiri over a wasted free-kick.
And Shaqiri, 26, has now given his side to the story, telling the Evening Standard: ‘[Klopp] was not intense or shouting something.
"It was just a tactical thing, like something off the free-kick we should do better.
Klopp was unhappy that a late free-kick was wasted (Picture: Sky Sports)
"In the end, Jordan took the free-kick and it was maybe not the best solution we did there."
Liverpool have made a fine start to the 2018-19 season and looked to be heading for another victory against Chelsea after Daniel Sturridge fired the home side in front.
But defender Emerson Palmieri equalised for the Blues on 79 minutes before Hazard’s superb solo goal put the game to bed late on.
Shaqiri missed a chance for Liverpool in the second half but Klopp insisted he was not angry at the Switzerland international.
Asked if he approached Shaqiri to discuss his missed chance, Klopp explained: "Oh no. No, I spoke about a free-kick, the last one.
"We wanted to have Mo a bit wider, so pass the ball to Mo. The whole bunch of players was in one direction where we shot the ball then actually, and if he can send Mo in a one-on-one situation in the last situation of the game it would have been not too bad.
"But the boys, maybe it was too loud in the stadium they didn’t hear me anymore. It doesn’t make too much sense. What I said there was only about the free-kick nothing else."