Klopp praises ‘mature’ Liverpool in draw
LIVERPOOL — Jurgen Klopp has said Liverpool’s performance in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Everton was perhaps the “most mature” of his tenure at Anfield.
Liverpool withstood some heavy late pressure at Goodison Park to earn a point ahead of Tuesday night’s Champions League quarterfinal second leg against Manchester City.
Klopp was particularly pleased that his players had come through the game unscathed while earning a point in their quest to secure a top-four finish.
“It was a good performance, not brilliant,” the Liverpool manager told his postmatch news conference. “It was maybe the most mature we played since I’m here. Come here, play football, get a result, don’t get involved in any fights.
“Everybody spoke about in the week how Everton didn’t get a win [in a derby] I don’t know how long [since 2010]. We then deliver a game like this and it’s a big compliment for my team. But it will not always be like this, I’m pretty sure.
“I have to take the result, it’s no problem. I think it’s a fair result. We were better over most of the game and Everton in the last few minutes had a few very exciting moments in our box, which is never a good sign.
“Until then we controlled the game, we played the game we wanted to play.
“We were not here to play a wild derby today. That wouldn’t have made sense. It was quite difficult for Everton to get the game they wanted — challenges, stuff like that.
“I really thought we did well in specific moments — passing, runs with a team that changed five positions.
“Maybe in the last 10 or 15 minutes the game changed. I’m not sure we were too lucky because they didn’t hit the target. Still, I would say [it is] a deserved result.”
Mohamed Salah was not part of Liverpool’s squad, left out because the groin injury he suffered during the 3-0 over City on Wednesday.