Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool are not losing their nerve

3 March 2019

Jurgen Klopp insisted title-chasing Liverpool were not losing their nerve after being held to a frustrating goalless draw by neighbours Everton.


The Liverpool boss took issue with a reporter who asked if he regretted not going for the “jugular more” after the Reds missed the chance to reclaim top spot in the Premier League.

Klopp also cited the weather, specifically the wind, among the reasons for his side’s failure to claim a victory at Goodison Park that would have taken them a point above champions Manchester City.

Klopp said: “We don’t play PlayStation. Do you think we didn’t take enough risks today? Is that what you want to ask?

“That’s a really disappointing question, I have to say, because that means it’s like it’s so easy.

“Is there any draw we didn’t try to win? What is that? An extra attacker just to go wild nine matchdays (from the end)?

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, March 3, 2019: Liverpool's manager J¸rgen Klopp looks on at Mohamed Salah during the FA Premier League match between Everton FC and Liverpool FC, the 233rd Merseyside Derby, at Goodison Park. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

“You think it’s PlayStation – bring an extra attacker and football changes. It’s not like that. We are offensive enough, football doesn’t work like that. There are nine games to go, we don’t lose our nerve – like you, obviously.

“There’s not a moment where we say, ‘come on now, throw everything in that direction’. You cannot play in the Premier League like that.

“We take all the risks, but you cannot take more than 100 per cent risk, going nuts. It’s not about that.”

Liverpool created the best openings of the game, with Mohamed Salah spurning one particularly clear-cut chance in the first half – but generally Everton defended doggedly.

Klopp said: “A difficult game, opponent, and the weather circumstances didn’t help for football in general. It was just a fight. We were ready for that today and now we have a point more than before – all good.”

Interviewed by the BBC, Klopp spoke more about the conditions.

He said: “The wind does not help and there was a lot today. We had five or six big chances but Jordan Pickford or a defender was in between.

“I don’t think they had a real chance. Not perfect, but good enough. Getting a point from Everton is always a success because it is our most difficult away game of the season.

“Who wants to be top of the table at the beginning of March? It is nice but there are lots of games to play.”

Asked if he needed to tell his players not to panic, Klopp said: “I don’t think I have to give my players that advice because they know it already.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, March 3, 2019: Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold tackles Everton's Bernard Anício Caldeira Duarte during the FA Premier League match between Everton FC and Liverpool FC, the 233rd Merseyside Derby, at Goodison Park. (Pic by Laura Malkin/Propaganda)

Liverpool had three shots on target out of a total of 10 attempts during the 90 minutes and Everton boss Marco Silva was pleased with the way his side restricted the visitors.

“The match was really tough, like we expected,” he said.

“They had a big chance with Salah in the first half after one moment when we lost the ball, not something they created because they didn’t create big moments to score.

“We didn’t give them a chance to create anything and in the second half we should have had more chances to score.

“We wanted to give our fans the three points but we couldn’t. When you cannot win you cannot give a chance for our opponent to win and a clean sheet is important for us.”

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