The Liverpool boss had just seen his side lose 2-1 after conceding in injury time of extra time and was clearly disappointed to exit the competition in such manner.
“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.”
WEST HAM 2-1 LIVERPOOL
REACTIONS: “Brave performance”, “A bitter end”
RATINGS: Lucas and Stewart impress