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We don't play PlayStation: Klopp blasts back at reporter's 'disappointing question' after Liverpool's derby draw

Everton 0 Liverpool 0

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.
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Jurgen Klopp insisted title-chasing Liverpool were not losing their nerve after being held to a frustrating goalless draw by neighbours Everton.

The Liverpool boss took issue with a reporter who asked if he regretted not going for the "jugular more" after the Reds missed the chance to reclaim top spot in the Premier League.

Klopp also cited the weather, specifically the wind, among the reasons for his side's failure to claim a victory at Goodison Park that would have taken them a point above champions Manchester City.

Klopp said: "We don't play PlayStation. Do you think we didn't take enough risks today? Is that what you want to ask?

"That's a really disappointing question, I have to say, because that means it's like it's so easy.

"Is there any draw we didn't try to win? What is that? An extra attacker just to go wild nine matchdays (from the end)?

"You think it's PlayStation - bring an extra attacker and football changes. It's not like that. We are offensive enough, football doesn't work like that. There are nine games to go, we don't lose our nerve - like you, obviously.

"There's not a moment where we say, 'come on now, throw everything in that direction'. You cannot play in the Premier League like that.

"We take all the risks, but you cannot take more than 100% risk, going nuts. It's not about that."

Liverpool created the best openings of the game, with Mohamed Salah spurning one particularly clear-cut chance in the first half - but generally Everton defended doggedly.

Klopp said: "A difficult game, opponent, and the weather circumstances didn't help for football in general. It was just a fight. We were ready for that today and now we have a point more than before - all good."

Elaborating on the conditions, Klopp added: "The wind does not help and there was a lot today. We had five or six big chances but Jordan Pickford or a defender was in between.

"I don't think they had a real chance. Not perfect, but good enough. Getting a point from Everton is always a success because it is our most difficult away game of the season."

Asked if he needed to tell his players not to panic, Klopp said: "I don't think I have to give my players that advice because they know it already."

Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk was named man of the match and he said: "It says a lot at the end that they are celebrating a 0-0.

"I like these kind of games but we came for three points and we didn't get it so now it's time to recover for the next game.

"Our next game is next week and that's the only thing we focus on now. Obviously we want to be top of the league but we aren't at the moment."

Captain Jordan Henderson added: "We are obviously disappointed as we want to win every game but we need to be more clinical in the final third and take one of those chances and come away with a 1-0 win.

"It's another draw but Manchester United and Everton away are tough games, tough away games. We are not going to win three, four or 5-0 every week.

"We expect to win at Manchester United and Everton but it's a point from both games. We need to stay confident and keep going and see where it takes us."

Liverpool had three shots on target out of a total of 10 attempts during the 90 minutes and Everton boss Marco Silva was pleased with the way his side restricted the visitors.

"The match was really tough, like we expected," he said.

"They had a big chance with Salah in the first half after one moment when we lost the ball, not something they created because they didn't create big moments to score.

"We didn't give them a chance to create anything and in the second half we should have had more chances to score.

"We wanted to give our fans the three points but we couldn't. When you cannot win you cannot give a chance for our opponent to win and a clean sheet is important for us."

EVERTON: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Zouma, Digne, Walcott (Richarlison, 59 mins), Gueye, Schneiderlin (Andre Gomes, 76 mins), Bernard, Sigurdsson, Calvert-Lewin (Tosun, 74 mins). Unused subs: Jagielka, Stekelenburg, Davies, Kenny.

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum (Milner, 63 mins), Salah, Mane (Lallana, 84 mins), Origi (Firmino, 63 mins). Unused subs: Keita, Sturridge, Mignolet, Shaqiri.

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Man of the match: Vigil van Dijk

Match rating: 4/10

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