Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says derby win at Goodison Park was ‘big step in development’

Mohamed Salah scored twice as Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool beat Everton 4-1

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says their 4-1 win at Everton was a “big step in our development” and praised their ability to “put emotions to the side”.

The Reds had won only once on their previous nine visits to Goodison Park but took the lead in the ninth minute on Wednesday – and never looked back.

They remain third, two points behind leaders Chelsea.

“It was by far the best performance we’ve done at Goodison,” Klopp told BBC Match of the Day.

“Later on I will enjoy watching it because I know the result, that helps it. I had moments tonight that I enjoyed a lot. I liked what I saw.”

Liverpool scored four goals in an away league match against Everton for the first time since a 5-0 win in November 1982.

Jordan Henderson scored an early opener with Mohamed Salah netting either side of Demarai Gray’s strike for Everton – and Diogo Jota added a late fourth.

The Reds dominated with 69% of the ball and had twice as many shots as the hosts.

“What football moments we had in the first half – incredible,” added Klopp. “After half-time we controlled it. We showed the boys two or three situations and the way they defended we could have sent Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah away a lot more in one-on-one situations.

“It was a nine out of 10 performance from each of the boys, apart from moments. We shouldn’t take that for granted though. It is all about the boys. It was overall a pretty good performance.”

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Liverpool have won 17 of their past 22 games in all competitions, only losing once.

“Before the game people told me that in derbies, form or shape doesn’t count, I see it totally different,” Klopp said.

Virgil van Dijk and Thiago both suffered serious injuries in this fixture last season, back in October 2020. Van Dijk was hurt in a challenge by Everton keeper Jordan Pickford and spent nine months out with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

“They’re human beings obviously,” said Klopp. “The last time we were here we had two massive injuries. We are like a family and when someone is badly injured, you come in the dressing room and you feel it.

“Virgil dealt with…

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