Klopp shows off his tennis skills at Liverpool training

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has been criticised after he described football as "a man's sport" following his side's 3-1 defeat to Liverpool in Saturday's Merseyside derby, where he also scrutinised the behaviour of Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool hired a private jet to get Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho back from global duty in good time for the Merseyside derby against Everton.

It comes after a hard week for Koeman, having seen Everton defender Seamus Coleman ruled out for at least six months after breaking his leg while on global duty, as well as engaging in the public spat with his Irish manager, Martin O'Neill.

That is all about football but we don't make a show like the bench of Liverpool about faults that happen on the pitch.

The Liverpool manager said he could not identify the nature of Mane's problem but that it appears unlikely that he will be fit for Wednesday night's meeting with Bournemouth.

Mane went down following a duel with Everton left-back Leighton Baines midway through the second half at Anfield and had to be replaced by Divock Origi.

Sadio Mane's superb opener was cancelled out by Matthew Pennington but a fine effort from Philippe Coutinho put the Reds back in charge of the Merseyside derby.

Liverpool looked set to battle Chelsea heading into 2017, but suddenly saw their form fall apart, something which resulted in the Reds slipping out of the Premier League's top four, exiting the EFL Cup and the FA Cup. Jurgen Klopp will still want to see improvement in certain areas but their post-Christmas slump now seems firmly behind them.

"Like always, you have to learn a little bit from the game".

But Romelu Lukaku had one of his poorer games in an a Toffees shirt, and an improved second-half showing was not enough to hide the fact that the big Belgian was largely invisible for Everton.

"Today we played a really good game". We had a game plan, tried to press them.

"They did really well, but now we have to recover of course and then we need to be ready again. Making that show, I don't like that".

"In all three derbies we played until now we were exactly like this", he said.

  • Julie Sanders