Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool not motivated by Everton revenge in Merseyside derby

Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool will not be out for revenge against Everton this weekend.

The Kop boss is adamant the dramatic clash at Goodison Park which left Virgil van Dijk out for the season is gone from their minds.

Jordan Pickford's wild lunge on the Reds defender left him with serious ACL damage which many believe wrecked Liverpool's Premier League title defence.

While summer signing Thiago Alcantara was also out for two months after suffering a knee injury from a tackle by Toffees forward Richarlison in the fiery October meeting.

But Klopp said: “Nothing will be carried over.

“A week, two, three weeks later when we got the diagnosis (on Van Dijk) it was good that we didn’t play Everton immediately again.

“We are all human beings and of course it was not nice but now it is long gone.

“We just don’t think about that any more but it is still a derby and that is enough to be motivated on the absolutely highest level, trying to play the best possible football you can play, and that’s it pretty much.”

The clash at Goodison ended in a 2-2 draw as Everton's wait for a derby win went on.

They now arrive at Anfield looking for their first win there in nearly 22 years against a Reds side who haven't won at home this year.

Everton come into the game on the back of defeats by Fulham and Manchester City, though.

Klopp said: “It is the right moment to play Everton, that’s how it is. We will be ready.

“We play the way we play. It is very emotional, but we always are emotional.

“That is our way to play. What the other team does, I have no influence.

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  • “Nothing to say about that.

    “I can imagine after the first game you try to create some stories around that, but we are prepared for a football game – a derby – like we always did.

    “Nobody can ever say this team was not ready for derbies from an attitude point of view, or from an understanding point of view.

    “This team always was and will be. There are stories around, but I have nothing to say.”

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