Jurgen Klopp has hit out at Adam Lallana’s injury picked up while on international duty for England, but says he doesn’t blame manager Gareth Southgate.
Klopp revealed he had spoken to the England manager about the situation during the week but said he had no anger toward him.
“I couldn’t be less relaxed about this but it’s not about blaming Gareth Southgate,” Klopp said, as quoted by The Independent. “I wasn’t happy that Lallana played on Wednesday but it’s not my decision.
“It is absolutely normal to have contact with the manager of the national team. We both share players. Of course I wasn’t happy.”
Liverpool will also be without captain Jordan Henderson on Saturday as he recovers from a foot injury sustained against Tottenham on February 11. “We can’t take a risk,” Klopp said. “It’s always too long with injuries. It’s not the best time, but [there’s] nothing else to do.”
Klopp’s team heads into the derby with a strong record against its rival, having gone on a 13-match unbeaten run, which includes six wins and seven draws.
In December, a late Sadio Mane winner saw Klopp’s side leave Goodison Park with all three points, but Ronald Koeman’s team is the Premier League’s in-form team. Everton would be top of the league from points won in 2017.
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