‘No, you are all not able to write it properly’: Tetchy Jurgen Klopp snaps at innocuous question after saying he DISLIKES the Merseyside derby as Everton are ‘too physical’… having lost key Liverpool duo Van Dijk and Thiago to injuries last year
- Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp said he didn’t ‘often like the intensity’ of derby games
- The Reds boss lost Virgil van Dijk and Thiago in last season’s Merseyside derby
- Van Dijk suffered a season-ending injury after Jordan Pickford’s tackle
- Yet Klopp snapped at a question about his comments ahead of the Everton clash
Jurgen Klopp lost his cool at an innocuous question about his comments on derby games ahead of the clash at rivalson Wednesday.
Theboss lost two key players, in Virgil van Dijk and Thiago Alcantara, to long-term injuries during the fixture at Goodison Park in October 2020.
Van Dijk’s ACL injury, after Everton keeper‘s erratic and unpunished tackle, was season-ending and, after the win against Southampton on Saturday, Klopp said he ‘very often doesn’t like the intensity of the (derby) game, it’s too much for me’.
Jurgen Klopp became tetchy after an innocuous question on Tuesday about his previous comments on derbies (left); the Liverpool boss lost two key players, in Virgil van Dijk (pictured) and Thiago Alcantara, to long-term injuries after bad tackles in the Mersey derby last season
Virgil van Dijk suffered a season-ending injury after a challenge from Jordan Pickford in 2020
Yet ahead of the clash at Goodison tomorrow, Klopp was in a snappy mood on Tuesday when asked to elaborate on his comments, saying: ‘No, because you are all not able to write it in a proper way.
‘I have nothing else to say about it. I said what I said. And that’s it. From that moment on, I prepare as normal for a football game.’
In full, Klopp told at the weekend: ‘It’s always a completely different game, so I really very often don’t like the intensity of the game, it’s too much for me.
‘I like physical football, I have no problem with that, we play that, other teams play that, but in that game very often people put too much in. I can’t say it’s my favourite game of the year to be honest, because of that.
‘But we have the chance to watch Everton tomorrow, we will prepare for the game and will try to make a normal but good football game.’
In the same game Everton’s Richarlison was sent off for a foul on Liverpool midfielder Thiago
In the same game as Pickford’s clash with Van Dijk last October, Everton forward Richarlison was sent off for a rash, studs-up tackle on Thiago, who missed the next 10 league games.
Despite not being a major fan of the fixture, Klopp has an impressive record against Everton, having won seven, drawn five and lost just one of his 13 games versus the Toffees.
Yet his side have not won at Goodison Park since the 2016-17 season, with the last four league clashes ending in draws.
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