Klopp warns Liverpool cannot be complacent against Everton

Jurgen Klopp warns Liverpool must be ready for a ‘high-pressure’ Merseyside derby against Everton… despite the Toffees winning just once in their last 28 meetings

  • Liverpool have dominated their recent meetings with local rivals Everton
  • Jurgen Klopp insisted his side cannot take the fixture lightly at Anfield
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Jurgen Klopp has refused to take Everton lightly despite the Liverpool’s dominance of the Merseyside derby ahead of their meeting at Anfield on Saturday.

Liverpool have only suffered defeat once in their last 28 meetings with their local rivals, a 2-0 home loss in 2021.

The match was just Everton’s third win at Anfield in the Premier League era, as well as being Klopp’s only loss in 18 derby matches.

‘It is uncomfortable when you tell me about my record,’ Klopp said. ‘I couldn’t be less interested in what happened in the past. 

‘We aren’t thinking about this; we understand the importance of the game, the pressure. I can’t remember enjoying the thought of a derby.

Jurgen Klopp claimed Liverpool’s strong derby record is irrelevant ahead of facing Everton

Cody Gakpo has trained ahead of the Merseyside derby as he recovers from injury

Klopp will assess the fitness of his South American stars with Alexis Mac Allister among those to have returned from international duty ahead of the midday kick-off on Saturday

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‘There is a lot of intensity even before the first ball is kicked, you have to channel that in the right areas, with all the extra motivation from outside and play the game you want to play.

‘They definitely deserve the respect because they do really well.’

Despite Everton lying 16th in table, Klopp highlighted an upturn in form that has seen Sean Dyche’s side win two of their last three league matches. 

It’s a special game, a high-pressure game and they all played them. They are used to the kind of game,’ Klopp said.

‘The facts are Everton are in a good moment. They successfully stayed up [last season] when was not easy and last few weeks they have good results.

‘Calvert-Lewin is back which is super helpful to them, Doucoure looks back to his best and Harrison and McNeil have real quality on the wings, their backline is super experience and England’s number one in goal, it is a good team.

Liverpool could briefly move to the top of the Premier League with a victory in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off.

Klopp confirmed Cody Gakpo could be available for selection after taking part in a training session this week, after the Dutchman was injured during their 2-1 loss against Tottenham last month.

Stefan Bajcetic, Thiago Alcantara and Ben Doak remain sidelined through injury, with Andy Robertson also set to undergo surgery on a shoulder injury.

Klopp will assess the fitness of his South American stars following their return from international duty in midweek.


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