‘Wow!’ Jurgen Klopp blown away by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford after Liverpool draw Merseyside derby


    Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool drew the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park
    Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool drew the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park (Picture: BT Sport)

    Jurgen Klopp heaped praise on Jordan Pickford after the Everton goalkeeper denied Liverpool and earned the Toffees a point in the Merseyside derby.

    Pickford made a string of saves – denying Darwin Nunez, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah – to frustrate Liverpool in an eventful but goalless derby at Goodison Park.

    Everton midfielder Tom Davies and Liverpool striker Nunez both hit the woodwork in the first half and Luis Diaz suffered the same fate after the break, while Pickford also tipped a strike from Salah onto the post in the dying seconds.

    Former Liverpool defender Conor Coady thought he had scored a second-half winner when he turned home Neal Maupay’s effort but the goal was disallowed for offside after a VAR check.

    The goalless draw means Liverpool have now dropped nine points this season and remain six behind Premier League leaders Arsenal, who play their game in hand tomorrow.

    Everton, meanwhile, stay amid the relegation places but will be buoyed by their performance against arch-rivals Liverpool.

    Reds boss Klopp said: ‘It was a real derby, super intense and full of really spectacular moments.

    Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford starred for Everton
    England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford starred for Everton (Picture: Getty)

    ‘I think we hit the post three times and there were a few unbelievable saves from Pickford – wow, what can you do?

    ‘In this game, easy and free-flowing is not possible. You have to dig deep, that’s what we did. A 0-0 draw sounds strange, but that’s it.

    ‘It was a super intense week for us. We had a really tough game that went to the wire [against Newcastle on Wednesday], then a few days later you play here.

    ‘If you open up with a goal, the situation can look different. I don’t know how many derbies I’ve had now – quite a few – but it’s always difficult here.’

    Everton manager Frank Lampard was also full of praise for Pickford after the Merseyside derby and said: ‘I thought we were brilliant. It’s one of the best 0-0s you’re likely to see.

    ‘Pickford made some great saves, you need your keeper to be on it in games like this. He got his fingertips on a few bits today which a lot of keepers don’t get and Allison the same, two top class keepers.

    ‘I’ve relied on Jordan a lot he’s an amazing keeper and we’re fortunate to have a player of this level.

    ‘It was a real game of two teams going for it. I can’t fault the players and the spirit. We played well, we’re getting better.

    Conor Coady thought he had scored a second-half winner
    Conor Coady thought he had scored a second-half winner (Picture: Getty)

    ‘I keep saying the same thing. We’re not going from just staying up to the team we want to be.

    ‘We’re trying to build up. You have to get personnel and work on the training ground. It feels like those wins will come.

    ‘We feel like we deserve more – although maybe not today. The fans can see a team that fights for the badge and gives everything. That makes me proud.’

    While Liverpool’s frustrating start to the season continued at Goodison Park, Virgil van Dijk attempted to take the positives from the derby stalemate.

    ‘Obviously they had a couple of opportunities and an offside goal,’ he said. ‘They had two good saves from Alisson, I think we had a little more [chances] than that.

    Mohamed Salah almost scored a last-minute winner
    Mohamed Salah almost scored a last-minute winner (Picture: Getty)

    ‘We should have won in my opinion. It feels like we lost two points. We wanted to stay calm. They wanted to be aggressive, feed the crowd.

    ‘We had to keep our cool and play quickly from side to side, because the spaces were so massive between the lines. Sometimes we did that, sometimes we didn’t and created unnecessary problems.

    ‘We changed system a little bit [at half-time] but it’s still the same principles. At times it went well, but at times we could have done better.

    ‘It feels like we lost points here, but it’s still early in the season. We have to stick together, focus on winning games and take it step by step. A clean sheet also wasn’t a bad thing at this stage.’

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