Klopp previews Liverpool's trip to cross-city rivals Everton
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Liverpool take on Everton in the Battle of the Beards tonight and fans have been offered a unique opportunity to shape up as their heroes ahead of the match. Liverpool are looking to return to the top of the Premier League table with a convincing with over their Merseyside rivals.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have put last season’s woes behind them and are again launching a Premier League title charge.
In contrast, Everton are struggling under the tutorship of former Reds boss Rafael Benitez.
But there is one similarity between the two clubs this season – both managers have incredibly impressive beards.
And there may well be similarities spotted in the crowd after Prime Video, who are broadcasting all 10 of this week’s midweek Premier League matches, offered fans a free trim.
A barber truck was set up within Stanley Park car park and offered Rafa goatees or Klopp-inspired signature facial hair trims before midday.
An Amazon statement read: “As we edge closer to Rafa Benitez’s first face-off as Everton manager with Jurgen Klopp being shown exclusively on Prime Video, the streaming service turns preening service before kick-off, letting fans put their neck on the line in support of their manager by copying their signature facial hair for the mo-mentous fixture.
“A Prime Video barber truck has been installed within the Stanley Park car park on Priory Road until 12pm on matchday, delivering iconic ‘Rafa’ goatees or Klopp-inspired beard trims for fans ahead of the electric fixture on Prime Video on Wednesday 1st December.
“The special Battle of the Beards trimming service will be available for free of charge on a first-come-first-shave basis for devotee Toffees and Reds looking to wear their heart on their sleeves (and faces) for the big match.
“With The Battle of the Beards falling on the 1st December, Prime Video has also made a donation to Movember, which aims to raise awareness for men’s health issues including mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.”
Meanwhile, Klopp is not a fan of the Merseyside derby hype and was no mood to discuss Benitez’s position in the opposite dugout.
“There are other derbies in the world and there are some special things in this derby, probably no other derby has, we all know exactly why it is like that,” he said.
“But was I surprised? I can’t remember. For sure I am not surprised anymore.
“I understand completely that with two clubs in the same city, people make a big thing of it, it is a big thing.
“But in the end, after all the talks around it, there must be a football game played.
“In the past when they played it before I arrived here, you would watch a highlight video of some things you don’t want to see in football, it would probably be easy to find some stuff on the Liverpool and Everton side of things.
“Since I have been here, we always try to play a football game.”
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