Silva hits back over Klopp claim derby is Everton‘s ‘Cup final’
Everton boss Silva was infuriated by Klopp’s inflammatory jibe about Sunday’s showdown at Goodison Park and quick to point out that Klopp must also put a premium on winning the derby judging by the frenzied scenes that followed their last-gasp 1-0 win at Anfield in December.
Divock Origi punished a mistake by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford by heading home in stoppage time and Klopp got so carried away he sprinted on to the pitch to hug Alisson Becker before celebrating with the rest of the team at the final whistle.
“I didn’t see a big difference. I managed my first Merseyside derby last December and what I felt was a special match for both teams,” said Silva.
“They celebrated that lucky goal — that lucky moment they had in the last seconds of the match — (like it) was the final of a World Cup for us and for them.”
“We have to be ourselves, believe in ourselves. Of course it is a long period without a win for us as a football club. It shows us it is a difficult match,” he said.
“If we can perform at the level we did last December, it will be very good.”