Klopp lamented after Liverpool lost the derby

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Mo Chaib

Jurgen Klopp during the Liverpool vs Everton derby match
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Everton started the game strongly and were awarded a penalty before refereeandy madley cancelled it out after going back to VAR. Jarrad Branthwaite opened the scoring for Everton in the 27th minute. Calvert-Lewin doubled the score for the home side in the 58th minute.

With this loss, the Reds’ hopes of winning the Premier League suffered a major blow, especially after Arsenal’s win over Chelsea and Manchester City’s win over Brighton. Liverpool are currently in third place in the Premier League with 74 points.

“I really feel for the people, I’m really sorry for that obviously. People told me so often about my great record [in derbies], before the derby especially you hear, ‘But you never win here’. But we never lost and that feels really different. I really apologise for that, it was unnecessary but it happened,” Klopp said at his post-match press conference.

“We cannot change it anymore. We have to recover because the quickest of all turnarounds is waiting for us. You can imagine that will be now a challenge obviously mentally and physically. Physically, it was clear. If you win a game then the mental turnaround is obviously not a massive problem, but we have now both things to do. And probably West Ham is waiting and rubbing their hands and hoping that we come there on one leg. But I will try absolutely everything to make sure we are much more ourselves than we were tonight.”

Asked about the Reds’ hopes of returning to the Premier League title race, Klopp said he needs a crisis at Manchester City and Arsenal in order to win the title.

“I understand it, it’s part of the business, but I don’t know why I have to answer this question – obviously you can read the table. So, should I say now we are still fully in? We need a crisis at [Manchester] City and Arsenal, and need to win football games, because if they start now losing all the games and we do what we did tonight, nothing changed. And we are not safe in the Champions League as well so we should just play better football.”


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