EPL: Liverpool 3-1 Everton, The Reds Boost Their Top-4 Chances

He celebrated with the relish of a young man who had never scored a top-flight goal before. This time, two blocks and we lose one challenge.

The Brazilian returned from lengthy travels during the worldwide break to put in a sparkling display against Everton, scoring one and creating another to help his side to a 3-1 victory.

The boss was asked as to how he thinks his side handled the game mentally and whether he was happy with the temperament shown.

Victory strengthened Liverpool's claims for Champions League football next season, but effectively ended Everton's slim chances of crashing the top-four party.

"When I saw him in the dressing room, it didn't look like he'll be ready for Wednesday", said Klopp.

That would come as a huge blow to the Reds as they have some important games coming up against Bournemouth, Stoke, West Brom and Crystal Palace in what's going to be a busy April month.

And Coutinho turned provider for Liverpool's third by playing through Divock Origi on the hour mark to fire past the woeful Joel Robles, who probably should have done better.

Liverpool take on a struggling Bournemouth in the Premier League on Wednesday evening.

"Overall I think we can be proud of the way we played, how hard we made it for Liverpool". It's not so easy in the game when we shout at each other.

Sadio Mane gave the hosts an early lead when he played a one-two with Roberto Firmino and finished off an angled run with a shot into the far corner. It's another home game and a night game. "That's the way we like to play and how we'd like to continue". Dominic Calvert-Lewin kept his place up front alongside Romelu Lukaku and Tom Davies partnered Idrissa Gueye in central midfield.

He admitted that "it will be hard" for his side, hinting upon an energy-draining "last 20 minutes" against Everton, but mentioned how they had just "one day training to bring 10 different countries where the players come from after worldwide duty" to "bring it to one idea again" after they had all played in different formations and roles for their global teams.

The Liverpool manager then promptly walked away.

"It is still a question for us to find a real answer for", said Klopp.

"We know that they have difficulties at home, maybe in the last few home results, but they had a lot of ball possession and were the better team in every game", he added.

  • Julie Sanders