Jurgen Klopp demonstrated just how seriously he’s taking the EFL Cup on Tuesday night after fielding a strong XI in the second round clash against Burton Albion.
Philippe Coutinho was the only first-team player left out of the squad as the Reds ran out 5-0 winners thanks to goals from Divock Origi, Roberto Firmino an own goal and a Daniel Sturridge brace.
However, there was one slight negative on what was otherwise an enjoyable evening with Emre Can picking up a nasty-looking ankle injury.
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The German midfielder struggled during the latter stages of last campaign with an ankle injury and, with no opponent around him, Can went down after twisting his foot in the turf late on against Burton.
On the touchline, Klopp was understandably worried with the manager realising that his decision to field his key players may have just backfired. But his worry turned to anger as he appeared to have a go at the fourth official for what he thought was a bad tackle on his midfielder.
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Sky Sports claim that Klopp was remonstrating with Nigel Miller because of the injury. However, after watching the incident on an iPad on the pitch side just seconds after it happened, Klopp realised his mistake and apologised to Miller by putting his arm around the official.
Watch the exchange here:
The former Borussia Dortmund boss eventually realised that Can had actually injured himself after twisting his ankle. Despite it initially looking rather serious with Can rolling around on the turf, Klopp believes that the 22-year-old’s injury isn’t too bad.
Klopp on Can's injury
“He had a little pain in his ankle without any touch - I couldn't see any contact. It was a long leg, then a little bit floppy and then he had pain,” Klopp said after the match.
“But it is not that serious. It's not that big [of a] pain anymore, but it's the ankle he had problems with at the end of last season, so he's a little bit worried.
“Hopefully it's nothing too serious.”
Can hasn't started Liverpool’s previous two Premier League matches against Arsenal and Burnley with Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana being preferred as the midfield trio.
However, he produced an impressive display against the Championship side and, if he can shake off his ankle knock, will surely be in contention to start against Tottenham on Saturday.