Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp rejects midfield criticism before Merseyside derby

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Jamie Carragher has revealed that he told Xherdan Shaqiri before the PSG game on Wednesday that Liverpool have to beat Everton in the Merseyside Derby at the weekend.

"It will not be the most easy game in the world but no-one expects that in a derby and we shouldn't do that this time so we will not".

"I don't know if there's any explanation for that right now because I can't think of one, otherwise we should have used it already".

They were different games in the past, it was clear that Everton would be very passive, that is not the case now.

However, Klopp used Liverpool's defensive record in the Premier League so far this season to defend the recent performances in the centre of the pitch.

"I agree about the power of this derby, it is a good word", the Everton manager said.

Speaking at his news conference before the showdown with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, Klopp said: "Adam Lallana is back in training on Thursday".

"He has the best squad".

Sigurdsson looking forward to derby day

To do so, they must shake off their poor away displays in Europe.

The short clip, which is available to view below, shows both defender Dejan Lovren and PFA Premier League Player of the Year and fan favourite Mohamed Salah laughably eating grass after minimal contact from Les Parisiens line. "Since I've been at Liverpool, Everton was always really busy [in the transfer market] but now it's the best-tuned squad".

Liverpool have been encouraged in their bid for Fulham forward Aleksandar Mitrovic after they were told by former player John Aldridge that he will be a good addition to the team.

"In England it's quite hard, but the development and improvement is obvious".

"We need to turn up on Sunday and do our talking on the pitch".

Juergen Klopp's side are unbeaten in the league, however, and sit second on 33 points, two behind leaders Manchester City and go into the match having not lost to Everton at Anfield since 1999.

"It's 4.15pm, so it's a good time, almost dark, perfect-everything is there that we need". If we won 5-0 it would be the same.

"That's what we want to use, and of course the crowd as well, Anfield as well".

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