Later News Nov 28

Klopp admits to dreading upcoming Merseyside derby, as in-form Liverpool thrash Southampton


Liverpool may be heading into their upcoming Merseyside derby against Everton on Thursday morning (SGT) in good form, but manager Jurgen Klopp is not looking forward to the fixture.

 

The Reds recorded their second consecutive 4-0 win in the English Premier League (EPL) last night, as they thrashed Southampton at Anfield courtesy of these two goals from Diogo Jota…

 

…a Thiago Alcantara deflected strike,

 

…as well as this Virgil van Dijk volley.

 

The victory, which comes on the back of last week’s 4-0 win over Arsenal, propelled Liverpool into second place, just one point behind Chelsea, who have a game in hand.

 

WATCH: Klopp delighted with Jota after Southampton win

 

With a rampant Liverpool set to take on struggling Everton – who are winless in their last six EPL games, which includes a humiliating 1-1 draw against an Ole Gunnar Solskjaer-run Manchester United side – on Thursday, one would expect Klopp to be rubbing his hands in glee at the prospect of giving their city rivals a good ol’ spanking.

 

The German manager, however, admits that he is not looking forward to the derby, with the Toffees having the habit of becoming as brutal as the creatures from the Netflix series ‘Hellbound’ whenever they are on the pitch against Liverpool.

 

Both Van Dijk and Thiago suffered long-term injuries in the same fixture last season, and the former’s absence due to the condition known as ‘Pickforditis’ was widely regarded as the main reason for why Klopp’s men failed to defend their EPL title.

 

WATCH: Jamie Carragher's passion for the Merseyside derby

 

“It's always a completely different game (against Everton), so I really very often don't like the intensity of the game, it's too much for me,” Klopp told Sky Sports. 

 

“I like physical football, I have no problem with that, we play that, other teams play that, but in that game very often people put too much in. I can't say it's my favourite game of the year to be honest, because of that.

 

“But we have the chance to watch Everton (against Brentford) …we will prepare for the game and will try to make a normal but good football game.”

 

One player who Klopp will desperately hope will not fall foul of Everton’s ‘intensity’ is forward Diogo Jota.

 

Since joining Liverpool in last year, the Portuguese international has brought some much-needed upgrades to Roberto Firmino’s False-9 role in the team in the form of goals, leading Klopp to declare him as the ‘perfect signing’.

 

WATCH: Jota's first season at Liverpool

 

Said Klopp: “Exceptional player exceptional boy. He's the perfect signing because he has everything that a Liverpool player needs in this squad.

 

“The technical skills, the physical skills, and he is very smart and can learn all the tactical stuff pretty quick. He can also play all positions. So, it was very helpful, he has the speed and direction to finish situations off. His goalscoring record is pretty impressive.”

 

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