Jurgen Klopp says that manner of Liverpool’s 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa has actually proved useful ahead of Saturday’s Merseyside derby clash with “flying” Everton.
The Reds go into the game at Goodison Park looking to end Everton’s 100 per cent start to the season, and having seen their own come crashing down in spectacular fashion at Villa Park before the international break.
The reigning champions were embarrassed by a Villa side who could have scored even more on the night, but Klopp says he actually liked the fact that his team lost by such a clear margin as it meant that he could study what went wrong.
“In some respects I like it more than losing 3-2 because it’s just more clear,” he told talkSPORT.
“We could have lost that night 3-2, then we go home and the boys go to their national teams, and we do the analysing, and that’s it pretty much.
“But this is more useful.”
The vast majority of Klopp’s players have been away on international duty this week, and the German says that will have helped clear their heads.
“For me it was very important that the boys don’t carry it around all the time, because they all had three games to play,” he said.
“Intense games, important games for the country, and you cannot do that with one half of your brain back in Liverpool, so I wanted them to focus on that.
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“But I wrote all the things I thought about the game and then we really can finish it for the moment.
“They played the last games on Wednesday, arrive here very tired on Thursday, so we’ll try to help them with recovery.
“We have one session on Friday and then we play flying Everton, so that’s it. We cannot change that and we don’t want to change it.
“It’s another challenge.”
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