Jurgen Klopp bemoaned the manner of the goal Liverpool conceded and accepted his team’s performance left much room for improvement.
The Reds were beaten on penalties by Manchester City after a 1-1 draw at Wembley and despite Philippe Coutinho’s late equaliser in normal time, Klopp refused to hide his annoyance at City’s opening goal.
Sergio Aguero was granted time and space to tee-up Fernandinho in the 49th minute, and though the Brazilian shot from an acute angle, Simon Mignolet allowed the ball to go between his right hand and his body.
Though there were elements of Liverpool’s performance that pleased the German, he was left to rue what might have been.
Klopp told Sky Sports: “I’m disappointed with the end, pleased with a lot of the things I saw in the game.
“We conceded the goal but we tried everything, scored the goal… They had a few counter-attacks, we needed a bit of luck, were too open in some situations but we got back in the game.
“We had some situations, it’s unlucky, it’s one way to lose in a final, it doesn’t matter how.
“I don’t think we played as well as we could, nor did Man City. We shouldn’t have conceded the goal we did, it should not be a goal, everyone knows this.
“We played against Manchester City, but what I say now does not change the result.”