Klopp opts against Salah risk in derby date with Everton

Dean Simpson
April 9, 2018

Everton manager Sam Allardyce had written in his programme notes about derbies being occasions to be inspired by, but his team's attack failed to spark until the final 10 minutes.

In the first half, Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford saved well from Dominic Solanke, partnering Danny Ings up front with Mohamed Salah injured and Roberto Firmino on the bench.

'Bobby [Firmino] played a lot of games and we played a lot of games and we have two fresh strikers there, so it makes sense to make that change.

"[It's a] very important result so let's carry on, another point away, not long to drive home, so now we prepare for the next game [the second leg against City]".

Roberto Firmino appeared as a late substitute in an attempt to find a victor, but Liverpool had to settle for a point.

When asked about his verdict on the result, the Reds shot-stopper expressed,"I thought we did really well first, the start of the second half as well". I don't think they put in one tackle against Manchester City last week but you can bet your bottom dollar they will be fired up for it.

Should Jose Mourinho's side win their derby and stop Manchester City claiming the title later on Saturday, they will open up a four-point gap to Jurgen Klopp's side and retain a game in hand.

Patience was key for the visitors and had Solanke done better on the rare occasions the Everton defence was unlocked they would have gone into the break ahead.

"I don't feel on trial".

Andy Robertson is out of Liverpool's clash with Everton. It's easy to judge it, it was not Danny Ings" best game... that was the most importantly physical, the highest level he could play for ages and together with Dom [Solanke], they didn't play together often so it's not that they know exactly "when I go left, you go right' or whatever, that's all hard. If Salah isn't going to, you can't afford him to get injured.

Solanke saw two late efforts charged down before Liverpool brought on Firmino for the last 15 minutes.

"I don't know how good it was or not, it goes too quick".

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