Klopp: Half-time refresher vital

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says his half-time team talk was vital in turning around the Merseyside derby to secure a 1-0 win over rivals Everton.

It took a 94th minute Sadio Mane goal to claim the three points and move up to second on the Premier League standings, six points behind leaders Chelsea, after 17 games.

Klopp introduced Daniel Sturridge into the match in the 81st minute for Divock Origi, and it was his strike that cannoned off a post that allowed Mane to slot home.

After the match, Klopp revealed he had to remind his charges of their tactics, to stem the tide of Everton attacks and turn the tie in their favour.

He told the club's official website: "You cannot be 100 per cent sure what the opponent is going to do. We had an idea of course, and it was pretty much like what Everton did; making a wide game of it, starting like they finished [the Arsenal game] – pretty wild and intense, with man-orientated defending. We did it in training to cope with this, but it is different when you have it on the pitch.

"The first touch in a game that each player has is very important because you open your passing options or you close your passing options. We didn’t play simply and quick enough in the first half. We had our moment when Divock finished a situation after the cross from Clyney.

"We showed the boys at half-time, it was two-and-a-half minutes or something, playing the ball then losing it when Adam lost it, counter-attack, coming back and then in the end, Clyney is free in the box, cross and Div could have scored. That’s the way we want to play and for this, our positioning needed to be better in the second half.

"In position eight, we lost a little bit of patience and we were too early in trying to come into their box, with it not really being an option.

"So, we spoke about football at half-time – and obviously it worked. The boys are more used to it, but obviously not enough otherwise we could have done it in the first half already."

He added: "It is very important in a game like this, even when it’s a little bit wild as it was in the first half, that you don’t give a chance away – and we didn’t give chances away, I cannot really remember [any]. We didn’t have a lot actually, we had our moments and in the second half we had more, [we’re] much better and could have scored earlier.

"Then Daniel came, hit the post and Sadio finished the situation, so it was great, intense, how a derby should be, not the best football in the world, but you cannot ignore the intensity, you cannot ignore the importance of a game like this, you have to take it like it is.

"In the second half we took it like it should be."

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