The Liverpool boss could do little more than praise the efforts of the Everton shot-stopper following Jordan Pickford’s stunning display during Saturday’s Merseyside derby
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp could barely believe the stellar showing from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during Saturday’s Merseyside derby draw at Goodison Park.
The honours ended up even with both teams playing out a fiercely contested 0-0 draw that saw the woodwork struck multiple times by both sides. The Reds had more of the chances, though there is an argument to be had that the quality of Everton’s was higher – Neal Maupay in particular spurning one glorious opportunity to put the hosts in front mid-way through the second half.
After the interval, the game became a running battle between Pickford and Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino. The Brazilian international came close on a number of occasions, but failed to get the better of the England international that greeted him between the sticks.
Liverpool could perhaps consider themselves unfortunate not to come away with all three points, while Klopp was in no mood to point the finger at his troops in the aftermath of the game. When told by BT Sport that the Toffees’ ‘keeper had made at least half a dozen saves, the Reds boss could do little more than marvel at the feat.
“Wow, what can you do?”, he pondered. “It was a great derby, super intense, with a lot of really spectacular moments. We hit the post three times and Pickford made so many saves. I don’t know how many derbies I’ve been in, but it’s quite a few and they’re always difficult here.”
Klopp’s sentiments were echoed by his counterpart in the opposite dugout, Everton boss Frank Lampard. The Toffees manager also heaped praise on Pickford, adding: “I thought we were brilliant. It’s one of the best 0-0s you’re likely to see. Pickford made some great saves, you need your keeper to be on it in games like this.
“He got his fingertips on a few bits today which a lot of keepers don’t get and Allison the same, two top class keepers. I’ve relied on Jordan a lot he’s an amazing keeper and we’re fortunate to have a player of this level.”