A few minutes after the final whistle at Anfield, with Liverpool having beaten Everton in the Merseyside derby, Dejan Lovren told Sky Sports that the key for Liverpool to reach their goal this season is to stay calm, even after huge wins like this.
We have eight games left and we need to be calm and to take as many points as possible
the Croatian defender said. As for Ross Barkley’s ugly foul on him, Lovren avoided pointing the finger at Everton’s midfielder.
I don’t want to talk about this now. You can expect in the derbies tackles like this. Tomorrow there will be headlines about this
Lovren said. Seconds later, Everton’s Phil Jagielka used the word ‘hurt’ to describe his feelings after his team’s defeat.
In the first half it was an exciting derby. We conceded early but showed character to get back into it. We gave ourselves too much to do. When you’re losing, you’re not concerned about how well you’re doing, you just want to get back level. Losing a derby hurts and we won’t be taking too many positives
Jagielka said, reflecting on Everton’s 3-1 loss at Anfield. Mané opened the score for Liverpool, youngster Pennington equalized for the visitors, but Coutinho put the Reds ahead again before half time, and Origi finished the game off with another brilliant strike in the second half.