Klopp admits Liverpool were 'not smart enough' in Merseyside derby

‘A point is one we deserve’: Jurgen Klopp admits Liverpool were ‘not smart enough’ in Merseyside derby stalemate against Everton

  • Liverpool edged closer to the Premier League title after drawing against Everton 
  • But Jurgen Klopp’s men were given an almighty scare in the Merseyside derby 
  • The Reds boss admitted he was relieved to escape Goodison Park with a point 

Liverpool inched closer to the Premier League title on Sunday night but only after they were given an almighty scare in the Merseyside derby.

Jurgen Klopp’s side can still become champions on Wednesday by beating Crystal Palace following a dour 0-0 draw with Everton – but it will need Burnley to beat Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Monday night for that to happen.

They would have been waiting even longer, however, had it not for a superb 79th minute save by Alisson Becker to deny Dominic Calvert-Lewin; Everton then saw Tom Davies hit the post from a follow up when it seemed they were about to celebrate a first derby win since October 2010.

Jurgen Klopp admits Liverpool ‘were not smart enough’ in Merseyside derby draw at Everton

Carlo Ancelotti, Everton’s manager, felt his team were ‘a little unlucky’ and Klopp was relieved to escape with a draw.

Klopp said: ‘It was really tough, both teams showed that they understood it was a derby, even without the crowds. All players really lived the game, I liked our defending. We did not create enough chances for the possession that we had, nothing good where we had a free shot.

‘They had the biggest chance – that is how it is. I have to admit that. Everton defended really well. They took care of Sadio Mane and Trent Alexander-Arnold and we were not smart enough a lot of the time. For this reason (to get a draw) we can be satisfied.

‘The last few derbies here have been like this (three 0-0 draws). Each time, we have to fight like crazy. We have space for improvement when we come to Goodison Park. I also know we have more to give. A point is one we deserve.’ 

Klopp’s side can still become champions but they need Burnley to beat Man City on Monday

Dominic Calvert-Lewin had almost become the hero but his back-heel was saved by Alisson

Everton finished the stronger of the two sides and Calvert-Lewin thought he had made himself the hero when he back-heeled Richarlison’s cross but Alisson’s save was crucial. 

Ancelotti believes the display show his team ‘are good and can compete’; his striker was in firm agreement.

Calvert-Lewin said: ‘It was instinct at the end, there. We had a few chances but wasn’t our day. Sometimes they go in, sometimes they don’t. We will take the point. It was strange with no atmosphere, bizarre for a game of this magnitude.’

Ancelotti added: ‘I think we had the opportunities, we did our best. Calvert-Lewin did his best; Tom Davies did his best. We were a little bit unlucky. The draw was fair, Liverpool played a tough game. We have to focus on the performance, it was good and for this reason we can be satisfied.’

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