Published: Sat, December 01, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Liverpool eye Merseyside derby boost after Euro flop

Liverpool eye Merseyside derby boost after Euro flop

Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp has praised the "unbelievably valuable" Roberto Firmino after the Brazil forward ended his two-month English Premier League goal drought in the 3-0 victory against Watford.

Lallana has only made five appearances in all competitions for Liverpool FC so far this season due to fitness issues.

Those results lifted them to sixth in the table with 22 points, 11 behind second-placed Liverpool who are still unbeaten in the league.

"If you would have let us play a game immediately after the game on Wednesday, we would have played", Klopp said.

"While scoring goals has never been a problem for Liverpool, even before Jurgen Klopp arrived, keeping them out at the other end most certainly has.

It can happen. But the frustrating thing is how we conceded the goals and then it's always hard to come back", he said.

To do so, they must shake off their poor away displays in Europe.

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Significantly, two of Everton's three defeats have come when Richarlison has been missing from Silva's line-up, an indication of his importance to his new team's style of play.

"We've been working very hard since day one under the manager and are putting together some very good results". "That was the overall feeling". They don't have the same respect for us that they have for Man City, for example.

"The moment you sign a contract for Liverpool you know you understand, 100 percent, the responsibility for these games", he explained. "And if you do get past them, you've still got to beat Alisson in goal - and there aren't too many who manage that".

And after more comfortable clashes with the Blues in recent years, Klopp is expecting the toughest derby yet.

"I want them to play the match to win".

Stretching back to this time a year ago, when Liverpool were 3rd and 14 points behind Man City, they now occupy 2nd place and trail them by just two points.

"We don't need to think we are a s*** team, basically. It will be a proper football game".

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