Liverpool - Jurgen Klopp finally had a reason to celebrate
Christmas after Sadio Mane's dramatic 94th-minute goal saw his side move second
in the Premier League table with a 1-0 victory in the Merseyside derby at
Everton on Monday.
The result hauled Klopp's team to within six points of
leaders Chelsea heading into the holiday period, the perfect way for the club
to prepare for their festivities.
"I'm really happy," said Klopp, who was
experiencing his first trip to Goodison Park.
"We now have 37 points and that's good.
"It could have been 40-something but that's okay (they
dropped five points recently against Bournemouth and West Ham after leading in
"We won't stop. Tomorrow (Tuesday) is our Christmas
party and this is the first party we have had after a win!
"It's unbelievably close and difficult each week but it
is still like this. You need to be ready for each game, play your best and
collect the points.
"The play of Everton was wild football. They were
chasing us in the first half. We could have done better but it is really
difficult to adapt to something like that.
"I am sure in two or three months we can react much
better but today it was a little bit of a surprise and we couldn't handle
Until Sadio Mane struck home a rebound from Daniel
Sturridge's 94th-minute shot, the game's main talking point had been Ross
Barkley escaping a red card after a high stamp, above the ankle of Liverpool
and England midfielder Jordan Henderson.
"I thought it was a harsh challenge," said Klopp.
"You all saw it, I don't have to say anything about it.
I think Ross is lucky and Hendo is lucky too that nothing else happened."
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Klopp's Everton counterpart Ronald Koeman agreed Barkley
could have been dismissed by referee Mike Dean.
However, as Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren was involved in
a shoving match that followed the incident, the Dutchman believed the
opposition player might have been dismissed having already been booked.
"It was a tough tackle, maybe it's a red," he
"But what happened after this is not a fair decision
from the referee.
"Maybe it's a red for Barkley but, there was a reaction
from several players but it was started by Lovren.
"He already had a yellow and the referee gave a yellow
to (Seamus) Coleman and nobody else. If you're straight, you give Lovren his
second yellow, Coleman a yellow and maybe a red card."
- No ill effects -
At least Barkley's England team-mate Henderson suffered no
ill effects from the challenge and believes his friend was innocent of any ill
"I think it was pretty late but I know Ross well and
he's a good lad. I'm good friends with him," said Henderson.
"He mistimed the tackle and after the game he
"It was a little bit late but thankfully I'm alright
and walking around. It was just mistimed and you're going to get them in derby
"It's a derby and it doesn't matter if you're friends
off the pitch or on the national team.
"When you're on the pitch you give 100 percent to win
the game and after the game you shake hands and move on. Ross is a good lad and
I think he just mistimed one."
The game, and the manner of the goal, was a boost for
England forward Sturridge who has been sidelined for over a month through
injury and struggled for consistent fitness this season.
"You have Daniel and you're always thinking, when is
the right time, is he ready for this?" said Klopp.
"Because it is not normal that after two training
sessions a player can really help you but he helped us a lot tonight.
"In a very difficult game, he could make the
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