Liverpool had to thwart wild Everton football, says Klopp
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[December 20, 2016]
LIVERPOOL (Reuters) - Liverpool
had to combat "wild football" from Everton before a last-gasp winner
from Sadio Mane earned the visitors a 1-0 derby win at Goodison Park
on Monday, said manager Juergen Klopp.
Klopp's men completely controlled the second half but had to wait
until four minutes into stoppage time to break through, Mane sliding
in to convert the rebound from close range after substitute Daniel
Sturridge's 20-metre shot had struck the post.
"The best thing you can do on a night like this is win and you saw
how happy our fans were," Klopp told Sky Sports television after
Liverpool rose to second in the Premier League, six points behind
"I can't remember one chance for Everton. The plan of Everton was
wild football. They were chasing us everywhere, it is really
difficult to play against this.
"We couldn't handle it at first. We will be better at reacting
against this in a few months," added Klopp.
"We were much better in the second half, we could have scored
earlier. If you only win games when you are brilliant you won't win
many games, it was a battle and we were ready for it."
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Referee Mike Dean added eight minutes of stoppage time after Everton
goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg sustained a leg injury in the second
half and was replaced by Joel Robles.
"We are really disappointed to concede in extra time," said Everton
manager Ronald Koeman. "The eight minutes killed us.
"We have to wait to see about Stekelenburg's injury, we will know
more tomorrow, and (midfielder) James McCarthy has a hamstring
"In the second half we had problems to stop Liverpool," added
Everton's defeat left them ninth in the table with 23 points from 17
(Writing by Tony Jimenez; Editing by Rex Gowar)
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