Klopp stunned Merseyside derby finished goalless; Van Dijk: Two points dropped for Liverpool

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Jurgen Klopp hugging Virgil van Dijk Credit: PA Images
Jurgen Klopp hugging Virgil van Dijk Credit: PA Images

Jurgen Klopp felt “strange” to say Liverpool’s match with Everton finished goalless after a “super intense” Merseyside derby.

Jordan Pickford was on top form for the Toffees as his side had a Conor Coady goal disallowed for offside in the second half of the 0-0 draw at Goodison Park.

16 Conclusions as the Goalkeepers Union wins the Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool

Reds goalkeeper Alisson had his moments as well, in fairness to him.

It was a tremendous encounter and Klopp appreciated the football on show, while saying Pickford made some “unbelievable saves”.

“It was a real derby, super intense and full of really spectacular moments,” Klopp told BT Sport.

“They scored a goal – I didn’t see it back but I think it probably was offside. Ali made an excellent save.

“I think we hit the post three times and there were a few unbelievable saves from Pickford – wow, what can you do?

“In this game, easy and free-flowing is not possible. You have to dig deep, that’s what we did. A 0-0 draw sounds strange, but that’s it.

“It was a super intense week for us. We had a really tough game that went to the wire [against Newcastle on Wednesday], then a few days later you play here.

“If you open up with a goal, the situation can look different. I don’t know how many derbies I’ve had now – quite a few – but it’s always difficult here.

“Fabio Carvalho – we all think it’s the muscle above the knee, with a massive dead leg. It’s very painful.

“Probably Thiago can train on Monday, but that’s just two days’ training [before Napoli in the Champions League]. The situation is like it is.”

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk also said it was “intense” out there at Goodison Park.

The Netherlands international did say his side should have won the game, however.

“It was an intense game – a game that we feel we lost points,” Van Dijk told BBC Match of the Day.

“Hitting the post and the crossbar, we could’ve done better in this case but we have to accept there were good moments and moments for improvement.

“We’re still early in the season so we want to improve and we know we can.

“They had two big moments, with Alisson making a few saves and offside is offside, if we count our opportunities I think we should’ve won the game and unfortunately we didn’t.

“It’s about winning games, and we didn’t win as much as we would like to. We have 32 games left and everyone can have their opinion but we have players coming back from injury and hopefully everyone can stay fit and we try to get some wins.

“The expectation is high, we are one of the biggest clubs in the world so that will always be the case so we have to enjoy it too.”

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