Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp could not hide his disappointment after his side’s Merseyside derby defeat against Everton on Saturday evening.
An early goal from Richarlison gave The Toffees the lead before a late Gylfi Sigurðsson penalty sealed the win for Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
It was Everton’s first derby win in almost 11 years and their first success at Anfield since September 1999.
After going almost four years without a league defeat at home, Liverpool have now lost four consecutive league games at an empty Anfield ground.
A clearly dejected Klopp spoke at his post-match press conference following the loss. When asked how much the result hurt, he said:
“A lot, a lot. But, we conceded a completely unnecessary first goal and we should not forget that. That’s a big part of the game. There were two big parts. You have to defend and we have to score. In one situation we didn’t defend well enough, so they could score, we made a mistake if you want. And we didn’t use their mistakes or we didn’t use the things we created. And that’s why we have the result.”
Jordan Henderson went off injured for Liverpool in the first half and it looks like the captain had suffered a groin injury. That could keep Henderson out for a few weeks at least.
Klopp was asked about his remaining defensive options now with Henderson – a make-shift centre-half – now also injured:
“We have options, of course, but how difficult it makes it… it makes it really difficult. But, for example, Nat was for sure not for one second our problem and even Hendo in the beginning of the game was really dominant, especially offensively. So, yes, it is a massive blow losing Hendo again. Massive. But Nat played a super game. Again, we meanwhile unfortunately got used to it that we have to change things and we just try to set up again for the next game. As long as we have 11 players we will do that.”
Liverpool must now regroup and prepare to face Sheffield United at Bramall Lane next Sunday night. The Reds are five points behind West Ham and the top four.
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