Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp gave a typically interesting press-conference ahead of Wednesday night’s Merseyside Derby at Anfield.
The Reds boss spoke about the tempo and dynamism of derbies, and reacted to finding out that Liverpool v Everton has always been a good bet for a red card…
Klopp doesn’t consider this type of aggression smart, even if it gets the crowd going.
“It’s about football. The best football is always full of emotion, passion and aggressiveness,” Klopp said, as James Pearce of the Echo reports.
“It’s special because of expectations, that’s clear. But to handle emotions and the pressure is one of the big challenges in top class football.
“Maybe one or two fans want to see [red and yellows] like this, but it will never help. I understand aggressiveness only in one way, and that is being prepared to hurt yourself, not somebody else.
“Before I went to Dortmund there were lots of red cards in derbies. I don’t want to see this. Not to show ‘I am the man’.”
Thankfully, Liverpool’s frenetic style under Klopp is perfectly suited to intense, big matches. Players are encouraged to work and press at full pelt from the first whistle, and this will be naturally implemented against the Toffees.
Last term at Anfield a Phil Jagielka thunderbolt stole Everton a point, while the year before we demolished them 4-0 – with Daniel Sturridge bagging twice and missing a penalty as well.
We had Luis Suarez in the lineup then, but we blitzed Everton in a manner Klopp will hope his current squad can match on Wednesday evening.
Hopefully, the crowd will show Klopp how special an occasion the Merseyside Derby is, and his team will give him a victory.