Watch: Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool "will be ready" for Everton in Merseyside derby

LFC Globe
17th October 2020

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp spoke to the media ahead of the Reds' trip to to face on Saturday.

Liverpool take on their local rivals for the 237th derby this weekend, with Carlo Ancelotti's side sitting at the top of the table ahead of the clash.

The Reds haven't lost a game against the Toffees for a decade - with Saturday's meeting between the two sides coming on the 10th anniversary Everton's last victory against Liverpool.

But speaking to reporters on Friday, Klopp insisted the record is meaningless as he praised Ancelotti's effect on Everton.

On whether the past has any bearing on the fixture, Klopp said: "Not at all… of course from my point of view long may it [Liverpool's unbeaten run] continue.

"But we never really thought about it before we played them, before we played Everton not once did we think ‘they don't anyway', these kinds of things we never had in our minds.

"It's the hardest work for us tomorrow and we will be ready for that.

"I think that you don't need to be a manger to see that, it's pretty clear that they did some good business and Carlo is a sensational manager.

"So it was always clear that when he has the time to build something then he will do that, if they have the resources to build something then he will do that, and that's what he did.

Carlo Ancelotti and Jurgen Klopp

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"This team looks really, really good - I would like to say something different but it's not possible! So, of course, that's a proper challenger.

"Look, so many teams did really good business in this transfer window, [business] which made real sense, and they all will improve.

"All teams improve in that league and that's what everybody has to know about. We know about that and that's why we have to be ready for each of these games and tomorrow, in not even 24 hours, we can show that."

The boss also provided an injury update on his squad, ruling Naby Keita out due to a "fitness issue" amidst rumours of the Guinean testing positive for coronavirus whilst on duty.

However, Thiago and Sadio Mane are likely to feature from the off after ending their own period of self-isolation after testing positive ahead of the international break.

Joel Matip is also in contention, whilst could return after starring for England on his return from injury.

Alisson remains sidelined, but the Brazilian is making “big steps” in his rehabilitation according to the Liverpool manager.

Watch Klopp's full press conference above.

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