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Klopp defends Coutinho, Firmino benching in Reds draw vs. Everton

11 Diciembre 2017

Klopp was furious with Craig Pawson's decision to award a spot-kick and was less than impressed with Sky Sports' Patrick Davison's line of questioning in his post-match interview.

Klopp was in a combative mood after the match, taking aim at the referee and what he considered to be a negative and overly aggressive approach from Sam Allardyce's side. That's all I said.

"I told the referee I didn't understand this, I didn't use one swearing word, but I can't believe in a game like this, with one team trying for 95 minutes, everything to win and the other team are not even in our box, I don't know if they had a shot aside from the penalty".

"With all the challenges in this game, and only one team playing, to give such a penalty away is unbelievable, when you see the pictures".

But a delighted Rooney says that the equalising goal was "up there" as a career highlight. "To give them an open door like this, in my understanding, that's not okay", he added. They accomplished that task and can hopefully continue to right the ship in the coming weeks.

Mane squandered a two-on-one opportunity, dragging a shot disappointingly wide late in the first half, and Allardyce changed things by removing one of his two strikers - Oumar Niasse - at halftime. The key to rotation is not to make so many alterations it changes the way you play too much. We might have kept Coutinho quiet if he had played.

Jurgen Klopp didn't enjoy the best of days, yesterday.

I was bricking it when Firmino was warming up.

'I don't think you can disagree with the penalty - Lovren pushed Calvert-Lewin over'. The ball looped to Otamendi who, making amends for his earlier mistake, showed great athleticism to volley home on the half-turn. Dominic Calvert-Lewin got to the ball in front of Dejan Lovren.

Liverpool still dominated, though Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford wasn't seriously tested before Rooney's equalizer against the run of play, following a penalty decision that will be debated long and hard around the city.

"We knew they would have a few chances, every game they've been scoring goals". It's a game that matters more than most, wherever the teams may be in the league. "It's our stadium, it's our home ground and I really want to see that".

"The players who came on did a brilliant job".

There also can't be any comeback to the argument that the derby is different.

In only claiming a share of the spoils, Klopp's tactical gamble not to start either Philippe Coutinho or Roberto Firmino backfired.

Klopp defends Coutinho, Firmino benching in Reds draw vs. Everton