Jurgen Klopp Slams Premier League for Moving Up Merseyside Derby

Posted April 07, 2018

After he responded to the Man City bus questions the attention turned to the Everton fixture.

And Mo was the focus of some of the media's questions.

"You can imagine we have tried everything to make him (Salah) available", said Klopp at his pre-match press conference. Still 23 hours to go until we start so lets see what happens.

Despite his threadbare squad Klopp is reluctant to pitch some of his youngsters into a Merseyside derby debut. They're already in the Champions League next season in my opinion, they're 10 points clear of Chelsea going into the weekend.

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"Everton fans haven't had the derby bragging rights for nearly eight and a half years, and every Blues player will have to be on top of their game for that wait to end".

"Because that will be really tough, and probably Everton are more happy about the game (kickoff time) than we are, and that's not fair".

With a run of important matches looming into view, Klopp will have to carefully pick his next few team selections. Klopp is also likely to rest a number of key players, meaning there may be an opportunity for the likes of Dominic Solanke and Danny Ings to make an impact. "I said it before, the next game is never the reason for rotation, it's always the last game". But sometimes it's about changing the circumstances. Everton have had the fourth-lowest amount of shots on goal all season (302) and that has been a huge problem as the frontline seems to be on different wavelengths.

"They won't freeze (this time) by doing their job correctly". I know they will be motivated for this game.

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"They were too good for us and we have to accept that".

"The players can do it if they really believe it". Youngsters Tom Davies and Beni Baningime are two options available to Sam Allardyce if Gueye is indeed sidelined again, although the latest indication is that he should make it.

The men of Jurgen Klopp also have a real chance to go even deeper in Champions League now, and that should be their priority.The German is totally right though, regarding the grievances he aired.

It is more than seven years and 16 matches since Everton were able to celebrate victory over their closest rivals, with Liverpool winning four of the last five encounters.

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