Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp became the first ever to lead the Reds to three consecutive wins in his first three Merseyside derbies in charge, he had every reason to be excited about that after today’s 3-1 at Anfield, but somehow, once the game was over, the focus was on Ross Barkley’s ugly foul on Dejan Lovren.
I don’t like creating stories. Our responsibility is to cool things down as much as possible. It’s not so easy in the game when we shout at each other. If you saw two harsh challenges then say it, don’t use me to say it
Klopp told Sky Sports a few minutes after the final whistle. Next, he was asked about Lucas Leiva and the role he was given in the game.
Lucas is a very experienced player and we used him a lot this season at centre-back, but everyone knows he’s a six. We needed him there [in central midfield] and he did the job. Yes, he was very aggressive, but legal aggressive
Klopp said, indirectly answering to Everton boss Ronald Koeman, who had just accused the Brazilian midfielder of being as aggressive as Barkley.
Klopp’s flash interview to Sky Sports came to a quick end when he was told that Koeman had expressed his disapproval of the way the German reacted to some challenges made by Everton players during the game.
Ronald Koeman spoke about me? Then say about it what you want
the Reds’ manager said, walking away right after finishing his sentence.