'Salah-less' Liverpool fail to beat Everton

Klopp tells Everton to ditch 'harsh challenges' in Merseyside derby and play 'football game'

Klopp tells Everton to ditch 'harsh challenges' in Merseyside derby and play 'football game'

"We have now a problem to find players for Saturday, and everyone's telling us it's the most important game of the year, and that's quite hard", said Klopp.

The home crowd thought Bolasie had scored in the 22nd minute when he curled one in from the edge of the box but despite being unsighted till the very last second, Karius managed to tip it around the post. "We controlled the game for around 60-70 minutes, then everything got a bit emotional, but that is normal, I would have expected that. I'm really angry about a few people who make decisions in this league".

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Even though Everton did enjoy bursts of pressure, Cenk Tosun was a frustrated figure up front for the most part.

I don't get a ticker every five minutes of how he feels so I don't know!

Everton defenders Leighton Baines, Michael Keane and Phil Jagielka will be pleased to have kept a clean sheet in front of the worldwide coach, albeit against weakened opposition and not completely assured in their work. It was very emotional then, but I am not sure we were too lucky because they didn't hit the target but it was unsafe.

Klopp understandably had one eye on Tuesday in his selection, and Liverpool's attacking threat was considerably blunted without Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in the starting line-up. We carried on like this in the second half, but maybe in the last 10, 12, 15 minutes the game changed. Of course not. I am completely happy.

Nathaniel Clyne made his first appearance of the season at right back. An unusual left back position for Klavan.

"It was a good performance, not brilliant", the Liverpool manager told his postmatch news conference. It's clear, everyone spoke about it all week that Everton didn't win for I don't know how long...

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