Klopp praises the derby triumph, saying, “It felt like us, it looked like us

After the Reds easily defeated Everton in the Merseyside derby at Anfield to earn their first Premier League victory since 2023, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp remarked, “It felt like us, it looked like us.”

With a victory over the league-leading Arsenal at Goodison Park, Sean Dyche’s tenure as Everton manager got off to the best possible start. However, the task he has taken on since replacing the fired Frank Lampard was laid out before him in graphic detail as they remain firmly entrenched in the bottom three.

After 36 minutes, Everton had really kept Liverpool at bay. Defender James Tarkowski’s header hit the crossbar at one end before Darwin Nunez burst through and squared for Mohamed Salah to take advantage of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford’s poor positioning with a straightforward finish.

Four minutes after the half, Liverpool put an end to Everton’s chances of bouncing back.

And it was a wonderful moment for £45 million January signing Cody Gakpo, who scored his first goal since joining Anfield from PSV Eindhoven by tapping in Trent Alexander-cross Arnold’s at the far post.

The outcome is a huge relief, Klopp said to BBC Match of the Day.

“Your chances of scoring increase as your play improves. We needed to make a statement, thus the entire performance was crucial for us.”

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Liverpool has had a terrible 2023, marked by crushing away losses to Brentford, Brighton, and Wolverhampton Wanderers, but the ease with which they handled Everton’s admittedly feeble effort will cheer them up.

It was a good night for Liverpool because manager Jurgen Klopp was able to bring back injured players Virgil van Dijk, Roberto Firmino, and Diogo Jota. The latter received a thunderous ovation when he entered the game as a substitute in the second half, his first action since developing the muscle problem that forced him to miss the World Cup in Qatar.

Also given a late start was Firmino.

Although it would have been difficult for any new acquisition to come into such a struggling club that is ninth in the Premier League table, nine points shy of the Champions League places, Gakpo’s goal was a major morale lift for a player who has been quiet.

After scoring, Gakpo’s confidence was evidently higher than it had ever been in his brief Liverpool career. He displayed assured touches and was more at ease than ever.

The ideal scenario, according to Gakpo, is to score within the first minute of your debut match. “I finally had to wait a little bit, but I’m really happy that I can have this one.”

The superb performance of 18-year-old Stefan Bajcetic, who shown astonishing maturity in midfield with a wide range of passing, a sure touch, and a desire to participate in the physical exchanges, was another significant gain for Klopp and Liverpool. The child gave a complete show.

The fact that Salah scored, there were goals from the team’s signature lightning-quick counterattacks, and there was a clean sheet will change the atmosphere at Anfield significantly before Saturday night’s crucial trip to Newcastle United. Liverpool were nowhere near their best, but they did not need to be.

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