Sam Allardyce has defended his Merseyside derby tactics – by pointing out that Manchester United played the same way at Anfield.
Everton fought for a 1-1 draw against Liverpool on Sunday, despite boasting just over one-fifth of possession and creating one meaningful chance – Wayne Rooney’s second-half penalty.
The defensive tactics they deployed have been widely criticised but Allardyce has pointed out that United played the same way away at Liverpool in October. It was one of the worst decisions of the season, too.
“Even Man United came with a similar tactic [against Liverpool],” Allardyce said.
On Klopp’s controversial post-match interview, Allardyce added: “I have every respect for Jurgen. He is an outstanding manager and we can all be on edge after a game when a question from you lot triggers us off. But the penalty was the right decision.”
Allardyce also discussed his relationship with former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez, whose Newcastle side Everton face on Wednesday.
“At that time Liverpool were not supposed to lose to Bolton but people didn’t know how great and how brilliant that Bolton team was.”