Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp rejects midfield criticism before Merseyside derby

Jamie Carragher

Jamie Carragher

Despite their patchy form in Europe this season, Liverpool have been extremely strong domestically, winning ten and drawing three of their 13 Premier League matches to lie just two points behind City in the table.

The last three Everton managers to visit Anfield in the Premier League - Roberto Martinez, Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce - left with, respectively, a 4-0 defeat, a 3-1 defeat and a 1-1 draw.

As a man who has played and managed in many Merseyside derbies, few are better placed to provide an insight into the pressure associated with the game than Souness.

"When everything is brilliant and we score goals you always ask about defending and how can we fix that?" That is a completely normal thing.

Klopp's last line, on the difficulty in Everton pursuing a European place, is pertinent ahead of Sunday, with Liverpool sitting second, unbeaten and 11 points above them.

"One or two years ago, Rooney came back, Sigurdsson came in and they said "they can not play together", because of a lack of speed". That would be insane.

Jurgen Klopp has rejected suggestions that he has problems to solve in Liverpool's midfield. "They brought in players he wanted".

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"One player doesn't change everything. Wednesday - Sunday will be enough to have a almost full squad then, but I don't know exactly how the situation will be tomorrow for training".

"Now everything is there: creativity, speed, good organisation; Coleman back and fit; Keane settled and fit; Mina, brilliant player, very important for the buildup; Digne, like the young Baines".

Iceland global Sigurdsson scored the winning goal as Everton overcame promoted Cardiff City 1-0 last Saturday to extend their unbeaten league run to three games and climb to sixth in the table on 22 points.

"But I get constantly confronted with the question - something is missing".

"We've seen plenty of clips of Liverpool and they're a very good side, they have a high tempo, lots of energy and we have to make sure that we're on top of our game for a tough test". Yeah, perfect. Everything we need, so let's go out and fight for each other.

"I don't know if there's any explanation for that right now because I can't think of one, otherwise we should have used it already".

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