What Liverpool backroom staff did at half-time after being frustrated by Everton

Jurgen Klopp has revealed the half-time message given to his Liverpool players that helped inspire derby victory.

The Reds overcame a disappointing first-half showing to earn a 2-0 Premier League triumph over Everton at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.

Liverpool had already shown signs of improvement before the introduction of Luis Diaz and Divock Origi from the bench turned the game.

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And with Andy Robertson and Origi having found the target, Klopp has explained how the Reds coaching staff pinpointed a way through the massed Blue ranks.

“There is one area where we scored the goals, which is behind the last line and I don’t think we showed up there at all in the first half, to be honest,” said the Reds boss.

“We played around the formation. It’s really difficult. We had something like 87% possession in the first half, but it was really difficult because of the counter-attacking threat they have. If they (Everton) have one thing, it is real speed up front and Anthony Gordon is obviously a real talent and really quick and we had our problems there.

“So we showed one situation and stopped it eight times and what we could have done differently in the specific moments, accelerations, playing half-spaces, getting behind the line, even chipping balls behind the line because we played around and then in the centre, and in the centre they had more legs than us.

“Against a deep formation, you can have too many players behind the ball. We have a lot of passers but not a lot of receivers. The receivers only really move when they see they can get the ball, but you need these movements without getting the ball to destruct the formation a little bit and we didn’t do that often enough first half.”

Liverpool switched from 4-3-3 to 4-4-2 with the arrival of Diaz and Origi, and Klopp added: “We improved and we thought with the changes we made, we can give them another task to deal with, having a second striker in the centre. We didn’t need another build-up player, really.

“But if Div and Mo don’t see the situation, pass the ball, follow the situation, chip it to the second post, and Robbo probably first time in the game showed up at the second post and scores, we are probably sat here talking about a 0-0.

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