According to Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, the Reds failed to ‘control’ the game when the Merseyside derby got emotional.
Liverpool and Everton played out a dull 0-0 draw at Goodison Park earlier in the day. The Merseyside derby failed to live up to the billing and ended in a goalless draw.
Liverpool were without the injured Mohamed Salah, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Roberto Firmino came off the bench as Klopp fielded a weakened side, keeping an eye on the quarter-final second leg tie against Manchester City in the Champions League.
In the first half, both goalkeepers made fine saves. Everton’s Jordan Pickford denied Dominic Solanke and James Milner, while Loris Karius kept out a rasping Yannick Bolasie curler.
The Reds faded in the second-half as Cenk Tosun and Dominic Calvert-Lewin missed two gilt-edged opportunities at the death to end Everton’s seven-and-a-half-year wait for Merseyside derby win.
However, Klopp admitted that he was happy with the result ahead of Tuesday’s huge Champions League quarter-final second leg against Manchester City.
“We controlled the game for around 60 minutes, then everything got a bit emotional,” Klopp told after the game, as quoted by the Daily Star.
“In those times we have to control the game, but we didn’t.
“At the end there were two crosses that were close, so I am completely fine with the result. Clean sheet, good defending, but last 20 minutes, we need to play and we didn’t do that.”
When asked about Liverpool’s drab second-half display, our gaffer added:
“That’s completely normal, until then it was not the game the people wanted, but that was not our job to do that, not our 1A solution but our 1b and we take that.”
It was not an eye-catching, full of thrills and spills Merseyside derby but we can be content with a point. Klopp decided to play a weakened side and got a good result.
It would have been a different story had the Toffees scored at the death but overall, it was a convincing display from our defence that kept the hosts at bay.
A point at Goodison Park is always deemed as positive and let’s hope we do well against City at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.
Liverpool submit enquiry for 12-goal Serie A winger starring for current club
Liverpool make enquiry for Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa
Liverpool have made an enquiry into the availability of Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa, according to Italian news outlet Gazzetta dello Sport.
Federico Chiesa, 21, has enjoyed a good season with Fiorentina. He has scored 12 goals and supplied three assists in 34 appearances across all competitions. The young Italian’s performances have caught the attention of the Reds, who are competing for Premier League and the Champions League this season.
The Gazzetta dello Sport claim that Fiorentina would be looking for a fee in the region of €70million for the winger, who has a contract that runs until the summer of 2022 at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
Does Liverpool need Federico Chiesa?
A product of the Fiorentina academy, Federico Chiesa is one of the hottest properties in Italian football. He has performed very well in the Serie A this season and has also become a regular in the Italian national team under Roberto Mancini.
The 21-year-old is pacey, dynamic, hard-working and tenacious as well as a technically-gifted player that can create and score goals in equal measure. The winger can light up the scene with his raw pace and creativity as well as change the course of the game in one blink of an eye.
Chiesa is a clever operator, capable of picking out passes and breaking the lines with his creative passing. To go with his intelligent and solid passing range, he can make space for himself with dribbles and take-ons. The Italy international works incredibly hard without the ball and is no slouch when it comes to performing defensive duties.
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But given we have Mohamed Salah on the right wing and is a regular fixture in Klopp’s front three, the Reds shouldn’t splash so much money on Chiesa.
“It’s the decisive period of the season”: Jurgen Klopp determined to win the PL title in pre-match presser ahead of Cardiff City clash
Latest Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp raring to win both the competitions
Jurgen Klopp has insisted Liverpool are not tired and are raring to win the two elite competitions—the Premier League and the Champions League, as reported by the Liverpoolfc.com.
The Reds are top of the Premier League and have reached the Champions League semi-finals by beating FC Porto over the two legs. That potentially leaves us with seven matches to negotiate in the campaign and after the big win over Porto in mid-week, attention turns towards Sunday’s game against Cardiff City.
“We are not tired. It’s the decisive period of the season. It was last year like this, it is this year like this. That’s good. That we are involved in two more competitions is a sign for success,” Klopp addressed in his presser ahead of the Cardiff game.
“We are still in the Champions League and title race. We are not tired.
‘Training is low intensity because we don’t have to do a lot because the boys know it.
“We have a little session tomorrow and then we go to Cardiff.”
On facing Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City, Klopp added: “We will probably have the ball a bit more than Cardiff and that’s what we have to use. We have to be very careful about counter-attacks, we have to be very careful about always [being] concentrated because each set-piece will be a proper scoring opportunity for Cardiff.
“That’s impressive. I think the whole city fights for the league and we will go there and have to face it. We will face that and, if we are prepared, then we still can get a result I think.”
Ahead of Sunday’s visit to South Wales, our gaffer also gave an injury update: He expects Dejan Lovren to be available for the weekend fixture, while Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remain in contention.
Sunday’s game against Cardiff should be a routine one for Liverpool but a side fighting tooth and nail to avoid relegation should never be estimated. Warnock’s side are a powerful, physically strong side whose direct style of football can cause us problems.
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But we have defenders to cope up to their challenge and forwards to hit them hard on the counter. Let’s just hope we return back home with nothing less than three points.
Liverpool enter race to sign 19-year-old with £106m release clause
Liverpool FC transfer news: The Reds interested in Benfica’s Joao Felix
Joao Felix has emerged as one of Europe’s exciting talents, helping Benfica push for the league title this season.
The 19-year-old has taken Europe by storm and became the youngest player ever to net a hat-trick in the Europa League earlier this month. Most of Europe’s elite clubs are already monitoring the teenage sensation’s progress.
Liverpool are also one of the clubs interested in Joao Felix and very recently sent scouts to watch him in action against Eintracht Frankfurt, where he netted a hat-trick in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final last week, report the Birmingham Mail.
The report even claims that the Reds have informed his agent, Jorge Mendes, of their interest in the hoping of taking the player to Anfield at the end of the season.
It’ll be tough to get a deal done for Joao Felix
Felix is now recognised as one of the hottest talents in world football. He is s one of the first names on Bruno Lage’s teamsheet and in just more than half a season, is already on the radar of Europe’s big-hitters.
Considering the interest in teenage prodigy, it’ll be very difficult for Liverpool to sign him. The Portuguese attacker is a player with huge potential but he needs to play regularly if he’s to unlock his true talent.
I don’t see that happening at Anfield, particularly with Jurgen Klopp having a set front-three in Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah. It’ll be very difficult for the young Felix to dislodge either one of them from the starting XI.
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Plus, Felix has a £106m release clause in his contract which makes it even more complicated for us to strike a deal.