Jurgen Klopp questioned referee Roger East’s decision to award West Ham a free-kick which led to Liverpool’s FA Cup defeat at Upton Park on Tuesday night.
With the game level at 1-1, and with penalties just moments away, referee East penalised the visitors, handing Dimitri Payet the chance to set up Angelo Ogbonna for the 121st-minute winner to allow the Hammers to snatch a 2-1 win and a fifth-round trip to Blackburn.
It must have been an uncomfortable evening to be a losing manager, not least one who had had his appendix removed just three days earlier like Klopp.
The Anfield chief, who picked a youthful side for the second FA Cup round running, was pleased with his side’s overall display, but could not shrug off the disappointment of defeat.
“I thought they could play like that, so I’m not surprised,” said the German.
“But the only reason we were here is to win the game and get to the next round.
“We did a lot of things really good, we played the game in the right direction. But the first real chance went to West Ham.
“Our goal was great, a high-quality goal from Coutinho. Then still we did well, created chances and put up a big fight.
“Then they got a free-kick, without a foul, and we concede a goal. So now we go home.
“We created chances, but we didn’t score goals – that’s the major mistake you can make in football. But it’s better to create chances and to miss than to not create chances.
“The only reason we were here was to go into the next round and so we are disappointed. That’s how it is.”