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‘Carlo the poker face’ – Klopp reacts to Everton team news as Ancelotti explains Calvert-Lewin & Allan being benched

Jurgen Klopp

 

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s reaction to the news that Carlo Ancelotti had opted not to hand starts to either Dominic Calvert-Lewin or Allan for this evening’s Merseyside derby has since gone viral online.

Anfield clash

One of the marquee fixtures of the Premier League weekend is of course currently playing out at Anfield.

The matchup in question sees rivalries renewed, as Liverpool and Everton face off in a derby showdown.

The clash marks one of the most highly-anticipated between the sides for some time, with Liverpool having majorly fallen off the pace of the Premier League’s frontrunners of late, and Everton in the thick of the battle for European football.

In fact, if the latter manage to secure a 3-point haul this evening, they will move level with their Mersey neighbours in 6th in the English top-flight, whilst also boasting a game in hand.

Adding further to the spice of the occasion, meanwhile, is of course the fact that, the last time Liverpool and Everton faced off back in October, a rip-roaring affair eventually left Virgil van Dijk ruled out long-term, and Thiago also sidelined, en route to a 2-2 draw.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: Players of both teams surround Match Referee, Michael Oliver during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on October 17, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 17: Players of both teams surround Match Referee, Michael Oliver during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on October 17, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Klopp & Ancelotti speak out

As such, ahead of proceedings getting underway this evening, tensions were understandably high across the Merseyside divide.

One man who nevertheless appeared in good spirits, though, was Jurgen Klopp.

Speaking in a pre-match interview with Sky Sports, the Liverpool boss was drawn on a host of topics, including his side’s upcoming opponents at Anfield.

Klopp, in turn, went on to admit that he was in fact yet to see Everton’s starting XI, before revealing his assumption that Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Allan, both of whom have just returned from spells on the sidelines, were set to be introduced from the off.

The interviewer’s response, and Klopp’s brilliant subsequent reaction, though, are showcased below:

‘Calvert-Lewin is playing, Allan is playing…?’

‘No! Both on the bench.’

‘Carlo the poker face…’

Quickly following the Liverpool manager’s pre-match interview, meanwhile, was the same on the part of his opposite number on the Everton bench.

And the main topic of discussion when it came to Ancelotti’s preview of the action unsurprisingly surrounded the aforementioned decision to leave both Allan and Calvert-Lewin on the bench.

The Italian, though, was quick to highlight the length of time spent out of action by the key pair, before assuring that both are available to be introduced to the fray this evening, if required:

‘They come back after a long period; Allan, of course. They were not so comfortable so I prefer to put them on the bench to avoid problems. They can play if we need.’

 

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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