Jurgen Klopp admitted that Liverpool’s 0-0 draw with Everton at Goodison Park in the Merseyside Derby yesterday was a fair result.
The German coach rested two of his key attacking players, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against Man City.
Everton offered very little going forward however, and Liverpool dominated possession for most of the game, but lacked any real cutting edge themselves.
However, with the crowd behind them the Toffees came alive in the last 15 minutes and Cenk Tosun and Dominic Calvert-Lewin both missed guilt edged chances late on.
Speaking after the game Klopp revealed he was happy with a point, and admitted his side and been lucky not to concede in the closing stages.
“Absolutely. We controlled the game for around 60 minutes, then everything got a bit emotional. In those times we have to control the game, but we didn’t.” Klopp said.
“At the end there were two crosses that were close, so I am completely fine with the result. Clean sheet, good defending, but last 20 minutes, we need to play and we didn’t do that.”
“A point is OK. Everton were always ready to fight but we didn’t give them the opportunity until the late stages, we stopped playing football and were a bit lucky. But that is what we have to take. I think it’s an absolutely deserved draw.”
“For 75 minutes we were completely in charge. I am absolutely OK, it’s not the best day in my life but let’s carry on. Now we have to focus immediately and be ready again on Tuesday, let’s fight for the next round.”