Jurgen Klopp insists Rhian Brewster’s Community Shield penalty will be a learning curve for the young striker in Liverpool.
And the Reds boss says he should take the blame for the decision to only win Brewster for the shootout against Arsenal at Wembley.
Takumi Minamino’s first goal in Liverpool canceled Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s classy start before the Reds were beaten 5-4 in London.
Brewster was substituted off in the closing stages of the game to score one of the five penalties but hit the crossbar.
Klopp downplayed the youngster’s miss, saying the incident will be a good one for a player who only turned 20 in April.
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“We have to constantly learn and prove that we can deal with defeats,” said Klopp. “We lost in the competition today and Rhian was part of it.
“So if he had hit and someone else was missing, it would be the same. I understand it’s different when you are the one [who missed] and i was in the same situation as a gamer and it’s not nice. It’s just part of the business.
“I don’t think a goalkeeper with his shooting technique will ever come into contact with the ball in his life, but missing out on something like this is possible because he is taking the full risk.”
“I don’t remember missing a penalty since we were together, but it happened today. It can happen, but dealing with defeat in football is always a very, very important lesson and we are all not perfect in it. “
Klopp said the miss will not have a detrimental long-term impact on Brewster as Liverpool weigh the next step for a player who has been the subject of half a dozen loan requests from Premier League clubs.
Klopp added: “It won’t hurt Rhian. If there is anyone responsible, it’s me because I made that decision.
“I sent Gini Wijnaldum off and used him for the penalty shoot-out. We wanted him in the position because I know he’s a naturally confident boy and a real finisher.”
“His penalties are usually very good, but not today. It happens in football and in life. No problem.
“I rarely share my football experience with the boys because it’s been too long, but I’m not the only one who missed a penalty in my team life.
“So the boys pick him up. It’s not about me or about making him bigger than he is. He missed a penalty but it’s all right. Nothing to apologize for. This is football, not one Problem.
“We wanted to win the game, but we should have scored in 92 minutes. We didn’t make it and so there was a penalty shoot-out.”
“We scored very well four times and what we missed wasn’t the worst I’ve ever seen. It’s just a little too high.”