Published: Sat, December 01, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp rejects midfield criticism before Merseyside derby

Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp rejects midfield criticism before Merseyside derby

But that newfound solidity has come at the expense of sharpness in the final third, Liverpool having scored only 26 goals compared to the 40 netted by Pep Guardiola's league leaders.

Liverpool FC have delivered on their promise after the Merseyside outfit collected 33 points from their opening 13 Premier League games to remain on Manchester City's coattails.

"We went to Chelsea to win and proved we can win".

"But to be honest for me it is quite unusual".

"If you are surprised by that, you are a bit foolish". That is a completely normal thing. The German was incensed by the behaviour and antics of his side's opponents who he accused of making Liverpool "look like butchers" by the amount of times they went to ground.

"I agree about the power of this derby, it is a good word", the Everton manager said. "We still have to develop, that's what we do".

Jurgen Klopp has rejected suggestions that he has problems to solve in Liverpool's midfield.

"He brought in players he wanted".

Andy Robertson cut a particularly frustrated figure in his post-match interview as he slammed Neymar but said his diving was something they should have expected.

"One player doesn't change everything". They have good organisation with [Seamus] Coleman back and fit, [Michael] Keane settled and fit, Mina is a brilliant player, very important in the build-up, and [Lucas] Digne is like a young [Leighton] Baines. I don't know how they speak to their families and their wives in the players' lounge.

"But I get constantly confronted with the question - something is missing".

"Sunday is another big game for us, we want to make it a good one and we'll be ready for the challenge", Sigurdsson said.

"It's good we have this one day more and it is not Wednesday - Saturday because that would be really hard". I've had it the other way when we've been hunted down, where you expected a team to drop points somewhere and they didn't, and I expected us to be a few points in front and we're not.

"Analyse Everton and tell me it will be an easy game, tell me their weaknesses: they defend really good, have good players in all positions".

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