Liverpool release update on Sadio Mane's injury
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 02, 2017,
Apr 02, 2017, 1:43
"We, as players, can never make guarantees or promises about results, but I think as a group we've proved all season and beyond that we will always battle and fight to make the supporters proud on big occasions".
Fourth-placed Liverpool are six points above Everton, having both played 29 games - two more than the sides separating them Arsenal and Manchester United.
"When I saw him in the dressing room, it didn't look like he'll be ready for Wednesday", said the German. The in-form Adam Lallana is also unavailable having suffered a thigh injury on worldwide duty with England.
"The problem is then in a situation like this - and it's a problem of our job - is that they can not only play on Wednesday, they have to train".
With Jordan Henderson also absent in Liverpool's midfield, Klopp faces a tough decision whether to field Lucas Leiva or pull Philippe Coutinho back into central midfield and start Divock Origi in the front three. We had a lot contact and he likes the way we play and I am not 100% sure but I think he wants to do something similar.
The German acknowledged that Firmino "didn't score" but explained that he "opened almost all the [goalscoring] situations", calling his performance "unbelievable".
Morgan Schneiderlin is still recuperating from a calf injury, while another central midfielder James McCarthy is also out with a hamstring problem.
But Everton's Pennington marked his first appearance of the season with an equaliser against the run of play in the 28th minute, prodding home from a corner after Dejan Lovren's clearance.
"It has happened to us now but it happens to other Premier League teams where you get your players back on a Friday morning and play on a Saturday with a 12.30pm kick-off", said Koeman.
On his team's performance, Koeman said the scoreline does not entirely reflect the entire game.
"You need to believe and you need to believe in the quality of your team-mates and you need to show that aggression and control your emotions, because that is also a really important part of the Merseyside derby". Plus, since the new year Everton are 6-2-1 in the league.
"But overall, I think we can be proud of how we played and how we made it hard for Liverpool".