Klopp upbeat on Firmino fitness for Merseyside derby

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'He was out there in the running yesterday [Thursday] but we have to see how he reacts, ' Klopp said. "Tomorrow is another day and we have to deal with all the things".

What started as a high tempo game of football quickly became disrupted in freakish fashion, as Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was forced into making all three substitutions within 40 minutes, whilst Firminho also made way for Daniel Sturridge.

Klopp has been talking a big game ahead of the derby saying that it will "be like a Cup Final" for Everton.

"We want to use our power and our skills but there are different games to play".

"I spent nine seasons at the club, so it was a really nice moment and it's always special to come back to the Etihad".

The Reds are now leading the Premier League table by only a point, with Manchester City breathing down their necks, so they can't afford to drop their performance levels.

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When discussing the weekend clash at Goodison, Silva was in bullish spirits, as Everton look for a first derby win since 2010.

"Rangers are going very, very well at the minute under Steven, scoring a lot of goals". I didn't see a big difference [between the sides] when I managed my first Merseyside derby last December.

'I don't think I have ever been part of a game where somebody got a hat-trick in assists.

With City conceding just once in almost 500 minutes of open play, Bournemouth failing to score looks like the angle in to find a bit of value. He was pretty much not playable tonight.

"In that game it was exceptional". But he did it and offensively he was constantly a threat. Sadio (Mane) scored a brilliant goal. "It looks really good".

"It was just an all-round top performance".

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It's a normal thing, if you're top of the table, it's pretty likely the contenders all win, that's how it is. Great centre-forward play from Mane. "We won 5-0 so you don't talk about them but they had their moments".

"My family have grown up Celtic supporters and there is real sadness because in my time in Scotland I have made a whole host of friends in the football club itself". For some reason, in quite a few of the games since January, we haven't been performing as well as we did at the start of the season; whether that's because the players feel a huge amount of pressure to win the title or other teams have figured out the way we play is the million-dollar question.

"Everybody spoke only about Bayern Munich or only about Manchester United". They can not win these games in the office. Klopp added. "We were not sure".

In the 40th minute, Manchester United created the chance of the half as Romelu Lukaku played Jesse Lingard in behind with a pass that left the Liverpool defence flatfooted.

Afforded just four league starts, he was glad to return north of the border in search of more game-time and admits he is brimming with belief after back-to-back doubles against Dundee and Saints.

Rodgers also said leaving Celtic, a club he supported, was not an easy decision to make but he could not turn down the Leicester job when it was offered to him.

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