Silva digs out Klopp for ‘World Cup final’ celebrations

Date published: Friday 1st March 2019 3:06

Marco Silva has responded to Jurgen Klopp‘s claim that the Merseyside derby is “a kind of World Cup final” for Everton by pointing out how Liverpool celebrated their late winner in the last one.

Reds boss Klopp was quoted by a number of national newspapers last week as saying ahead of his side visiting Goodison Park on Sunday: “We all know for them, it’s a kind of World Cup final.”

The last meeting at Anfield on December 2 saw the hosts win 1-0, with Divock Origi punishing a mistake by Jordan Pickford by heading home in stoppage time and Klopp running on to the pitch to celebrate with Alisson Becker.

Silva was asked on Friday what he made of Klopp’s comments, and the Everton manager laughed and said: “It is a special game for both, for the city also, for our fans a special match, for their fans also a special match.

“I didn’t see a big difference. I managed my first Merseyside derby last December and what I felt was a special match for both teams, and like they celebrated that lucky goal – that lucky moment they had in the last seconds of the match – (like it) was the final of a World Cup for us and for them.”

Everton, who lie ninth in the Premier League, have not won any of their last 18 meetings in all competitions against current table-toppers Liverpool, stretching back to 2010.

When Silva was asked what it would take to win on Sunday, he said: “We have to be ourselves, believe in ourselves.

“Of course it is a long period without a win for us as a football club. It shows us it is a difficult match.

“If we can perform at the level we did last December, it will be very good.

“If I could sign now to perform in the same way, I would sign straight (away) because it means we will be really close to winning the match, because in that match we deserved something more.”

 

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