Under-manned Liverpool hold off Everton

Hope Soto
April 8, 2018

Karius showed impressive reflexes to deny Yannick Bolasie's curling effort in the 23rd minute at Goodison Park.

A full transcript of Klopp's post-match press conference at Goodison is available below.

"We have now a problem to find players for Saturday, and everyone's telling us it's the most important game of the year, and that's quite hard".

With the first half ending goalless, the second half appeared to be heading in a similar vein with neither side really threatening until the seventeenth minute mark.

"They have a very good home record". Liverpool were able to use the game as something of a rehearsal for the upcoming European clash, as they utilised Georginio Wijnaldum in the holding midfield position.

No, [it was because of] last Wednesday, they played that.

"We were not here to play a wild derby today, it would not have made sense, so I think it was quite hard for Everton to get the game they wanted with challenges and stuff like that".

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Starting his first choice centre back pairing was also a risk for Klopp, especially in the case of Virgil van Dijk, who has steadied the error-prone Reds defence since his arrival. "Why should I?" He is, though, optimistic about Salah's availability for Tuesday. So, a point, one point more, all OK.

Mohamed Salah was also not named as a substitute after he was forced off against Manchester City with a groin problem. "That's what everyone thinks but at the end we will see", said the German.

On Danny Ings' first start for two-and-a-half years... Ings' last start - and goal - for Liverpool came in this fixture back in October 2015.

Wijnaldum went on to credit the importance of winning a derby but hailed the games against Manchester United slightly more important.

We spoke of course about it but is it then settled? "If I keep a clean sheet, I am happy". It got the crowd going, but they would not have a goal to cheer.

"I personally don't think I could have done much more than I have done with the staff that I've got in the period of time I've been working here", he added. That's a good football team. We all have our targets that we need to have the players for.

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