Klopp praises ‘top’ Liverpool performance after eventful derby

Date published: Saturday 17th October 2020 3:32

Klopp has praised his team for picking up a point against in-form rivals Everton, who had Richarlison sent off late on.


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has praised his team’s ‘top performance’ after they played out an eventful 2-2 draw with rivals Everton.

Forward Sadio Mane put the Reds ahead just three minutes in, but his goal was soon cancelled out by Toffees defender Michael Keane. The England international scored with his head from a James Rodriguez corner in the 19th-minute.

Pickford was at the heart of controversy once again as he seemed to take out Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk in the first half. Despite the bad challenge, which meant Van Dijk had to be substituted, Pickford wasn’t given a card as the chance was already deemed as offside.

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Liverpool took the lead in the second half thanks to a brilliant strike from Mohamed Salah in the 72nd-minute. The Egpytian international gave keeper Pickford no chance with a clever hit into the bottom corner.

However, Everton’s in-form number nine Dominic Calvert-Lewin equalised in the 81st-minute with a towering header in the box.

The drama continued in the final few minutes as Richarlison was sent off for a dangerous challenge on new Reds player Thiago Alcantara.

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson thought he had won the game in stoppage time after sliding the ball past Pickford, but Mane was later deemed to be offside by VAR.

Speaking after the match, Klopp said: “The performance was top, it was a top game and a good game for both teams. We were dominant against a side full of confidence and with a clear plan. It was probably the best away game since I was at Liverpool.

“I saw a really good performance. I would be more happy if we win but I wanted to see a response and see the team we were before.”

When asked about Van Dijk’s injury, the German responded: “I didn’t see it back but it took a while so obviously it wasn’t too big an offside and Jordan Pickford takes him out the game. I didnt see it back I only saw it briefly. For [Jordan] Henderson’s goal I didn’t see offside – but it is because someone decided it.”

Liverpool face Ajax next in the Champions League on Wednesday evening. Their next Prem game is at home to Sheff Utd on Saturday 24th October.

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