Jamie Carragher praised Jurgen Klopp for the double move that helped Liverpool to a crucial Merseyside derby win over Everton in the Premier League on Sunday
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Jamie Carragher claimed Jurgen Klopp deserves “huge credit” for acting faster than usual with his substitutions during the Merseyside Derby win – and the Liverpool boss has now explained his decision.
The Toffees emerged to frustrate at Anfield on Sunday afternoon but their stubborn resistance was broken just after the hour mark AndyRobertson be on the way home Mo Salahs Cross. Substitute Divock Origi’s first rally helped secure the opening goal before the cult hero was the quickest to react and seal the win with five minutes left.
Liverpool’s commanding form combined with Everton’s dismal record on the road meant the odds were firmly in place Frank Lampards Side to repeat last season’s rare Derby Day success. Despite slipping into the relegation zone this afternoon thanks to Burnley’s win wolvesthe Toffees managed to smother the hosts.
Liverpool were unable to repeat the daring boast of their comfortable midweek win Manchester United, and the game changed with Klopp’s double substitution in the 60th minute. Naby Keita and sadio mane were replaced by Luis Diaz and Origi, the former providing another lively cameo.
Origi will leave the four-time chasers this summer after struggling for minutes again this season, but the 27-year-old provided another pivotal moment in a Merseyside derby. carrage praised Klopp for making the necessary changes to finally break Everton’s defense and insisted the Reds boss go to his bench earlier than usual.
The pundit told Sky Sports: ” everton played the whole game with five minutes left to play. I was not expecting that. To make this change with Origi I believe Klopp knew what game it was. Big credit for Klopp, he doesn’t usually go that early.”
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Everton’s game plan to relinquish and challenge possession and territory Liverpool dismantling them proved effective over long periods of competition. Lampard’s side had just one shot on target and 17% possession but posed a threat on the break with Anthony Gordon’s pace.
Liverpool could not afford to lose points in the title race that followed Manchester City’s emphatic victory over Watford the day before. After a 2-0 win, Klopp admits his side had to ‘step up’ after a poor first-half performance.
The Reds boss told Sky Sports: “There are two halves to a football game, thank goodness. In the first half we didn’t pass quickly enough, accelerated at the right moment and left them behind.
“We had a lot of things to improve and we did that. It’s really difficult to deal with more than 80% possession and the opponent’s counter threat. At half-time I told the players that it’s easy to improve. We didn’t really show up so they leveled up I’m really happy because it’s not about flying every week it’s about getting results we had to work hard for it but all good.
Klopp hugs with scorer origin after the final whistle in front of the Sky Sports cameras. The German dubbed the striker a Liverpool legend and believes the substitute played a crucial role in the win.
Klopp added: “We will never miss a player like him because if he goes he will explode everywhere. He’s a world-class striker, he’s a legend and will always be a legend. He doesn’t always make Kader, which is ridiculous, but he’s there whenever we need him. He was involved in both games, everything we did in the second half without Divock, [that] wouldn’t have happened.”
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