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‘What do you mean’ – Jurgen Klopp left surprised by Dominik Szoboszlai conversation in Liverpool warm up

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Jurgen Klopp admitted he didn’t know if his Liverpool team would be “100 percent” ready for the Merseyside derby at Anfield. However, they beat Everton 2-0.

Jurgen Klopp has admitted he wasn’t sure what to expect from Liverpool against Everton before they proved their worth with a 2-0 win.

Kostas Tsimikas started at left-back in the absence of the injured Andy Robertson while Dominik Szoboszlai, Alexis Mac Allister and Ryan Gravenberch were all handed Merseyside derby debuts from the start against the Blues.

Again handed a 12.30pm post-international break kick-off, Liverpool were made to work for all three points by their local rivals, despite Ashley Young being sent off for a second bookable offence in the first half, as a late Mohamed Salah brace sealed all three points.

And while Reds boss Klopp would have liked his side to be more clinical in the final third, and conceded they took a little too long to adapt to Everton’s change of set-up following the red card, he was pleased to see them come through the first Merseyside derby of the season unscathed with all three points.

“A good afternoon, a difficult game. Even before the first whistle, it always is,” he told reporters. “I didn’t know 100 percent how we would be ready for that.

“When we had the finishing before and the warming up, Dom (Szoboszlai) told me he had actually never played a derby before. ‘What do you mean?’ ‘Well, Salzburg doesn’t have a derby. Leipzig doesn’t have a derby. Hungary maybe has a derby but the countries who would be a derby, we haven’t played since I played international football’. ‘Okay, good. No problem, you always give 100 percent so you are ready for the game’.

“So you don’t know exactly how it will look but I liked what I saw, besides that we should have finished situations off better. I think they didn’t even become chances but were super situations where we had four vs one, four vs two counter attacks and with the quality we have, we have to play better with the last pass.

“That didn’t happen so 0-0. Red card. Changed the game again. Everton was not that deep a block before that but after after that they were obviously a really deep block.

“We had to get used to that. That took a little bit too long for my taste. But what was really important today that we didn’t get frustrated in the second half with the fact that we didn’t score already. And I thought we did that really well.

“I saw that we were ready to play to the final whistle. Try it and then we scored. We got the first goal with the penalty. Really well done by Lucho, crossing the ball in a moment one vs two situation and still can cross the ball. And then late, 2-0. Game finished.”

 

Liverpool fans are all saying the same thing after Ryan Gravenberch’s first league start

Liverpool fans are all saying the same thing after Ryan Gravenberch's first league start

Liverpool fans were hugely impressed by Ryan Gravenberch in his first Premier League start.

Football Insider has been gathering the reaction of fans as Gravenberch made his first league start since joining the Reds in the summer window.

Gravenberch made the switch to Anfield from Bayern Munich last month and made his eighth appearance for his new employers in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Everton, but only his first league start.

The midfielder played 62 minutes of the Merseyside derby and completed 100 per cent of passes, long balls and dribbles in the first half.

He also made three interceptions, provided one key pass and won five out of seven ground duels in the first 45 minutes.

Fans have been blown away by the centre-mid since his arrival on Merseyside.

One fan suggested missing out on Jude Bellingham this summer was a “blessing in disguise”. to read more Click here

 

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