Klopp insists Merseyside derby is just ‘normal football game’ for Liverpool


Jurgen Klopp insists the Merseyside derby is just a ‘normal football game’ for Liverpool as the club face rivals Everton in midweek.

Liverpool travel the short distance through Stanley Park to face Everton on Wednesday night with the two sides in contrasting form at the moment, the latter amid a seven-game winless streak in the Premier League under the management of the former Reds boss Rafael Benitez.

Klopp’s side came two points closer to league leaders Chelsea after beating Southampton 2-0 on Saturday and the German is hoping his side can maintain their momentum ahead of the trip to Goodison Park.

Klopp insisted his side would treat the clash like any other game, despite the excitement among club supporters.

“There are some ‘special’ things about derbies. First and foremost it’s also a football game – that’s exactly how we’re going to approach it, ”Klopp said in his pre-match press conference.

“We know what our supporters want, their souls. We try to make their dreams come true, their wishes and their derby games are more focused, but from our point of view it is a football game.

Klopp has dismissed the suggestion that form comes out the window in derby clashes and is hoping his side can do their best against the Toffees on Wednesday night.

“Form matters,” Klopp said. “Especially when it’s good.

“We play good football and that’s what we have to do tomorrow night and if we do it then we’re tough to play, that’s exactly the plan we have.”

Everton’s poor run of results has caused unrest among fans, with supporters expressing their displeasure after the weekend’s loss to Brentford.

Klopp said he watched the clash with the Bees, but died before the fans’ angry reaction to the full-time whistle.

“We have three points at stake. We’re just trying to win, nothing to do with their ‘special situation’ versus their coach or whatever. It’s not new in football, ”said the German.

“I watched the game but turned it off after the final whistle and had no idea what exactly happened there, but these things happen when you don’t get results and fans usually tell you, it’s not that easy to convey the message differently.

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Liverpool have recently scored some scintillating goals and are averaging two goals per game so far this season, although Klopp insists his “state of mind” only gets the job done despite the glut of goals.

“It’s nice to watch when you score goals, but when you’re one zero, two zero, it’s not really nice, it’s just work to be done,” Klopp said.

“That’s what we have to do, of course some goals are really cool but I’m not looking for joy around football games – I can enjoy that when I watch them back – but during the game I am now really in the frame of mind for it.


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