Jurgen Klopp laments missed chances as Liverpool lose Premier League lead in Everton derby game

Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Fabinho (L) is embraced by Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp after drawing the English Premier League football match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park. (AFP)
Updated 03 March 2019

Jurgen Klopp laments missed chances as Liverpool lose Premier League lead in Everton derby game

LIVERPOOL: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was left to rue a number of missed chances from his side in a 0-0 draw at Everton on Sunday that allowed Manchester City to maintain top spot in the Premier League.
Mohamed Salah passed up two glaring opportunities either side of half-time, while Fabinho was also wasteful as Liverpool failed to score for the third time in four games.
“It’s OK, it’s a very difficult game for a lot of reasons,” said Klopp. “In a game that was difficult to control we had three or four really big chances.
“It’s a 0-0 in a derby, we kept our unbeaten run against Everton. It is not what we wanted, but something easy to accept because it is a difficult game.”
Klopp is still to taste defeat in a Merseyside derby as Liverpool’s unbeaten run against Everton stretches back to 2010.
However, the Reds have now dropped points in four of their last six league games to put the title race in City’s hands just over a month since Liverpool had the chance to open up a seven-point lead at the top.
“It was clear it could happen as long as City wins,” added Klopp. “We didn’t think about City when they were a point behind us, now we are a point behind. They have to win, we have to win, we will see who wins more often.”
Liverpool’s upcoming fixtures at least appear more winnable after a difficult run that saw them also travel to Manchester United last weekend before a short trip to Goodison Park.
“Manchester United away and Everton away are tough games, you are not going to win 3-0, 4-0 or 5-0 every week,” said Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson.
“We have to take the positives and keep going. We are still in the race.
“We want to win away at Manchester United and Everton, but we’ve got a point at both games. There is a lot of football to be played, a long way to go. I have got a lot of belief in this team.”

Kimmich: Bayern need to stay ‘hungry’ for Champions League bid

Updated 09 July 2020

Kimmich: Bayern need to stay ‘hungry’ for Champions League bid

  • Under head coach Flick, Bayern have won all 11 games since the season resumed in mid-May

BERLIN: Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich says the double-winning German champions must stay “fully focused and greedy” for more silverware during their two-week holiday before launching their assault on the Champions League.

“Now it’s time to recharge our batteries and then tackle the Champions League with full focus and greed,” the 25-year-old told magazine Sport Bild.

Head coach Hans-Dieter Flick sent Bayern on a two-week holiday after winning the German Cup last Saturday before fine-tuning their preparations for the Champions League.

After completing the double with a 4-2 cup final win over Leverkusen, Bundesliga champions Bayern are on a 17-match winning streak dating back to February.

Under Flick, Bayern have won all 11 games since the season resumed in Germany in mid-May amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Bayern are chasing a treble and are among the favorites in Europe after routing Chelsea 3-0 in London in the last 16, first leg, last February before the Champions League halted due to COVID-19.

Bayern still need to finish the tie to reach the quarterfinals and the draw for the remaining rounds in the knockout stages takes place this Friday. Kimmich called on his teammates to keep training during their break to maintain the “hunger” for the Champions League finals in Lisbon next month.

“It will be decisive how we return from vacation: We want to keep that feeling, that hunger,” Kimmich added.

Having stumbled last November, when Flick succeeded Niko Kovac who was sacked following a 5-1 thrashing by Frankfurt, Bayern are now in great form.

Robert Lewandowski has scored 51 goals this season, including 34 in the Bundesliga and is the Champions League’s top-scorer with 11.

Behind the Poland striker, Thomas Mueller has 25 assists, including a record 21 in the Bundesliga.

Kimmich has bossed the defensive midfield alongside Germany teammate Leon Goretzka and suggests Bayern have developed a mental edge.

“In the last two seasons, mentality has been the most important factor in winning the German league title,” said Kimmich.

“FC Bayern may be ahead of other teams in this respect.”