Tuesday, February 7, 2023

‘Felt like’ – Derby manager makes Anfield crowd claim after loss to Liverpoool

‘Felt like’ – Derby manager makes Anfield crowd claim after loss to Liverpoool

Paul Warne refused to be disheartened following Derby County’s loss to Liverpool in a penalty shootout.

In the third round of the Carabao Cup at Anfield, the League One team displayed courage.

After ninety minutes, Derby held the defending champions, the Reds, to a scoreless draw.

Caoimhin Kelleher, goalkeeper for Liverpool, saved three of Derby’s penalty kicks as Jurgen Klopp’s team won the shootout 3-2.

Warne was pleased with the Rams’ performance against the Reds.

He said: “Why not be upbeat? Life is too short. Careers are short and these games are over in a heartbeat. I thought we showed Liverpool too much respect in the first 10 minutes. I thought the lads competed as well as they could, but I could not be prouder of them.

“After 10 minutes, it felt like an hour but after that it flew by. We created a few chances on the counter and on a perfect day they would have gone in.

“Our goalkeeper pulled off a couple of unbelievable saves to keep the tie goalless. It didn’t feel like a goalless game.

“Once it goes to penalties, it’s a lottery. I’ve no shame in losing on penalties. I wish Jurgen and his team well in the next round. Liverpool have been nothing but respectful to us all night, but I leave the ground feeling really proud of my group and I’ve really enjoyed the experience.”

Despite the loss, Warne thoroughly enjoyed his first managerial experience at Anfield and the “proper atmosphere.”

He added: “In fairness to Liverpool, and this is creepy, but this is some place. When they sang You’ll Never Walk Alone, I got goosebumps. I thought it was pretty amazing, it got louder and louder and louder – and I know there are some clubs with some pretty good songs beforehand.

“I have played here before and it was something else then before we took the penalties, a member of staff in the tunnel said no matter what happens, you should be really proud. It’s been really good and means a lot when people are like that.

“It felt like a proper game and proper atmoshere. It was a night our lads can treasure and hopefully our fans can.”

‘Felt like’ – Derby manager makes Anfield crowd claim after loss to Liverpoool

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