‘Each ball Pickford has he takes five minutes’: Jurgen Klopp points the finger at Everton goalkeeper’s timewasting tactics and admits Liverpool ‘didn’t react extremely well’ despite Merseyside derby victory
- Liverpool beat Everton 2-0 in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon
- Andy Robertson and Divock Origi scored the goals in the second half
- The visiting side’s timewasting tactics frustrated the Reds at Anfield
Jurgen Klopp admits Jordan Pickford’s timewasting tactics disrupted his team’s rhythm during Sunday’s Merseyside derby at Anfield.
The Reds ultimately came out on top but were frustrated for two thirds of the game until Andy Robertson made the breakthrough.
Pickford drew the wrath of the home crowd as he slowly fell to the turf after claiming the ball in an effort to run down the clock.
Jordan Pickford frustrated Liverpool with his timewasting tactics at Anfield on Sunday
Klopp admits his team didn’t respond particularly well for the majority of the game
Liverpool had the last laugh after Pickford’s Everton team were beaten 2-0
In the closing stages of the game Liverpool stopper Alisson Becker proceeded to mimic him and draw cheers and laughter from his supporters.
When asked about Everton’s tactics, Klopp replied: ‘Yes, of course we expected it but we didn’t react extremely well.
‘It’s difficult, each ball Pickford has he takes five minutes so we couldn’t gain rhythm, which is important you want to break down a low block.
‘That’s what we expected them to do it, we just should’ve coped better with it.
‘The amount of wins we’ve had in recent months is insane. You have to work. The boys did that again. I’m really happy.
‘We stayed really cool and calm. The changes helped, Fresh players, different formation. It made it difficult for the opposition.
‘We won 2-0, it’s absolutely fine.’