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‘We weren’t smart enough,’ admits Klopp as wait goes on

Liverpool’s 30-year wait for a top-flight title will take a little longer after a frustrating goalless draw in the 236th Merseyside derby still left them five points short of guaranteeing the trophy.
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Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp. Photo: Jon Super/Pool via REUTERS


Liverpool’s 30-year wait for a top-flight title will take a little longer after a frustrating goalless draw in the 236th Merseyside derby still left them five points short of guaranteeing the trophy.

Jurgen Klopp’s champions-elect dominated on their return to competitive action but managed just three shots on target at Goodison Park, but the hosts had the better of the chances with Alisson denying Everton twice late on.

The stalemate means the Reds’ date with destiny will most likely have to wait until the trip to the Etihad Stadium on July 2, unless second-placed Manchester City slip up tonight at home to Burnley or away to Chelsea on Thursday.

After 106 days since their last game Klopp was satisfied with another point towards the title, although admitted they weren’t ‘smart’ enough to break down the Everton defence.

“Both teams understand the idea of a derby. Each team is fighting like crazy but there is not a lot of football. Physically it was really intense. I’ll take that,” he said.

Dominant

“We didn’t have enough chances. Most of the time we were dominant but they had the biggest chance.

“Everton defended really well and we were not smart enough to use the space. That is normal when you start to play again. Football looks slightly different, but I’ll take that.”

Klopp singled out goalkeeper Alisson’s contribution after his late save secured the point. “We should not take it for granted. Absolutely outstanding. That is what a world class goalie is – nothing to do for pretty much 90 minutes and then he was there. He saved us a point, it was not the first one.”

Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin felt a draw was a fair result.

“We had a few chances but it wasn’t our day. It was not as sharp as you would expect. The players are rusty. We should have backed ourselves more in the battle. I think the draw was fair. It was bizarre with a game of this magnitude. Usually the place is bouncing and it was hard to get used to at first.”

Irish Independent

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