Klopp singles out four Liverpool stars for individual praise after Arsenal clash

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Jurgen Klopp has singled out four Liverpool players for praise after being knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Arsenal.

A stellar performance from Bernd Leno was capped off by a brilliant save in the penalty shootout after a 0-0 draw.

Harry Wilson saw his effort saved by the German which allowed Joe Willock to score the winner.

It was a chance for revenge for Mikel Arteta's men, who lost 3-1 to the Reds just four days prior.

But Klopp was full of praise for Wilson, who he commended for his ability in midfield.

And the Wales international was not the only one, with summer signing Diogo Jota also included.

Neco Williams and Rhys Williams starred in defence for Liverpool, keeping the likes of Nicolas Pepe and Eddie Nketiah quiet.

"Diogo made his first appearance from the start and it looked really good in a lot of moments – his physicality mixed with his technique is really a nice thing to watch," Klopp said.

"All the others just did their jobs. We had Rhys Williams, for the first time since I am here at least, on the pitch against a proper Premier League side and he did exceptionally well.

"Neco had one or two moments, but apart from that, a really good game.

"Don't forget he played against Nicolas Pepe that was quite a big signing and quite a quality player.

"Harry Wilson, my God, played in centre-mid more or less in position No. 8, defended well and I saw his football skills as well.

"I liked a lot of parts of the game but we lost in the end and that's the part I don't like."

Arsenal's win set up a quarter-final tie with Manchester City and Arteta insisted it was a step in the right direction.

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"We still have lots to learn but we are on the right path," the Spaniard said.

"It is the third time in about eight weeks we have played against the best team in Europe, in my opinion, and it is a step forward for my team.

"We want to treat every competition as an opportunity to win a trophy, we have to do that for the club we represent and we will do that."

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