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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.

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Liverpool target’s agent claims player is happy at current club

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Ousmane Dembele’s agent, Moussa Sissoko, has claimed that the Frenchman is not looking to leave Barcelona.

Calciomercato reports that the Barcelona star was linked with a move to Liverpool, however, Sissoko was speaking to RMC Sport about the future of the 21-year-old.

Mundo Deportivo (h/t Calciomercato) quoted Sissoko as saying:

“The club is happy with Ousmane.

“Dembele doesn’t care about criticisms. Some of them are unfair. He is 20, he plays for Barcelona and he had a great start to the season.”

The agent further claimed that the player has to do better and the Frenchman was sick for a while which led to a few controversies.

Sissoko added that the national team manager and Barcelona’s Eric Abidal were happy with the attacker.

“Ousmane keeps working for a big club, the manager likes him and the same goes for Deschamps. I know Abidal is also very happy with how he is training and working for his club.”

Dembele seems to be doing better when compared to the same time frame last season. The Frenchman has scored four goals from 11 La Liga games and has one from two Champions League ties.

The former Borussia Dortmund player would be an amazing signing for the Reds, but we would have to pay a huge amount to sign him from Barcelona.

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The 21-year-old would certainly improve our attack, and it will be interesting to see what our activity would be in the winter window.

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“It is not easy but I’m trying” – Liverpool star opens up about huge price tag and how he wants to improve

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Liverpool summer signing Alisson has said that he is trying to live up to his enormous price tag. The Brazilian was the costliest keeper in the world until Chelsea signed Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The former AS Roma star has had a brilliant start to his Premier League campaign and has conceded just five goals from 12 games.

Speaking ahead of Brazil’s friendly against Uruguay, the Independent quoted Alisson saying:

“I came here for a high price and some people expect to me to be perfect – it is not easy but I’m trying.”

Alisson added he is working to be perfect in between the sticks and wants to get better with each game.

“I am really, really happy with my move to the Premier League. I’m working really hard to help Liverpool to achieve their goals and also for the Brazil national team.”

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Alisson praised our defence for giving him an easy time at the back and claimed that he has to concentrate a lot in games.

“One thing that is important here is the concentration and focus. They are asking me to be really mentally strong.

“My team have a really great defence so it is not often the ball comes near my net.”

The Brazilian has been an excellent signing for the Reds this season, but there have been a few instances where he could have done better.

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The goal against Leicester City and one against Arsenal could have been avoided, and hopefully, he will get better in the coming months.

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(Photo) Liverpool star pictured training with rival Evertonian for international side

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Liverpool summer signing Fabinho is still getting into the groove of things at Anfield. The former Monaco midfielder was slowly integrated into the team by Jurgen Klopp, and the Brazilian has a couple of quality outings under his belt.

Fabinho is a proper defensive midfielder but the Brazilian knows how to pick a pass too. Despite not starting regularly for the Reds, the 25-year-old is a constant in the national side and recently shared a picture of him training with the team during the international break.

The 25-year-old was seen alongside Everton midfielder Richarlison and a few others as they went through the paces.

Fabinho’s introduction has seen Klopp devise a 4-2-3-1 formation where the 25-year-old plays as one of our two midfielders.

The Brazilian has looked comfortable in that position but has to work on his reactions in the Premier League.

The former Monaco man was excellent in our 4-0 win over Red Star Belgrade a few weeks ago but wasn’t great in the 1-1 draw against Arsenal.

He was much better in the 2-0 win over Fulham but we are yet to see the best of the midfielder. With just a third of the campaign done, Fabinho has time on his side to get even better this season.

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It will be interesting to see how we deal with the packed festive schedule, but there is no doubt Fabinho will play a crucial role for Liverpool in the rest of the season.

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