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Klopp - Liverpool's win over Everton, a "big step in our development"

Mohamed Salah scored twice as Jurgen Klopp's Reds ran riot over local rivals the Toffees.

The in-form Mo Salah scored a brace in the Merseyside derby [GETTY]
The in-form Mo Salah scored a brace in the Merseyside derby [GETTY]

Liverpool had won only once on their previous nine visits to Goodison Park, but yesterday they were ruthless.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp expressed his delight after his Reds thrashed Everton 4-1 at Goodison Park.

Klopp said the win over the Toffees is a "big step in our development" and he also lauded the fact that they "put emotions to the side".

The 19-time champions broke the deadlock via Jordan Henderson, who hit the back of the net in the ninth minute with a brilliant left-footed strike.

And then, the in-form Mohamed Salah scored on either side of Demarai Gray's strike for Everton, with Diogo Jota wrapping up all three points with a late close-range volley.

It was a brilliant all-round display for the Reds and the win means they have now won 17 of their last 22 games in all competitions, losing only one match.

Liverpool still sit in the third spot in the Premier League table, two points behind leaders Chelsea.

'Our best performance at Goodison by far.'

Speaking to Amazon Prime after the victory, Klopp explained: "It was a really good game from my team, a really mature performance, grown-up performance, much better than in years before, especially at Goodison.

"We were much too open when we gave away the goal but it can happen when you are superior. We should have been one or two-nil up before we scored the first goal.

"We scored the goals at 2-0 and maybe then we were not that ruthless, we gave them so life back. I am not seeking perfection, if it would be easy I know everyone could do it. The boys did well."

Emotional return after injuries here for Van Dijk and Thiago before? "Human beings obviously. Last time we were here we had two massive injuries. We are like a family and when someone is badly injured, you come in the dressing room and you feel it. He dealt with it exceptionally well, like Thiago did, all the boys did because you can become emotional."

Quizzed about the in-form Mo Salah, the German replied: "He was angry after the game! He wanted to score the third one. I don't take these things for granted. His second goal, you have to force these kind of mistakes. Mo put Coleman under pressure to win that ball and from then on it is a good chance he will score.

"We have momentum but it was by far the best performance since I've been at Liverpool at Goodison.

"Before the game people told me that in derbies form or shape doesn't count, I see it totally different."

This was the first time Liverpool scored four goals in an away-league match against Everton. The last time they achieved a big result at Goodison Park was [the 5-0 win] in November 1982.

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