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Last Updated: 05/12/19 4:17pmJamie Vardy is challenged by Adrian Mariappa - but is booked for simulation
Jamie Vardy was wrongly booked for simulation in Leicester's win over Watford, according to Dermot Gallagher on Ref Watch.
In this week's Ref Watch, Dermot runs through the biggest decisions, including Mamadou Sakho's red card for Crystal Palace and discussed whether Marcus Rashford's penalty against Tottenham was a foul.
Dermot also analyses Virgin van Dijk's challenge on Dominic Calvert-Lewin at a key point in the Merseyside derby that Liverpool went onto win 5-2.Leicester 1-0 Watford Jamie Vardy is challenged by Adrian Mariappa - but is booked for simulation Jamie Vardy is challenged by Adrian Mariappa - but is booked for simulation
INCIDENT: Despite looking like contact was made, Jamie Vardy is booked for simulation in the first half after a challenge from Adrian Mariappa. VAR doesn't overturn the decision as referee Craig Pawson was perfectly positioned. Leicester do eventually get a penalty awarded in the second half when Jonny Evans goes down after grappling with Adam Masina.
DERMOT SAYS: If the referee had the chance again, he'd give the first one and not the second one. For the one he did give, both players look like they are at it. The referee sees the conclusion of the incident rather than the start of the incident, that's why he's given it.
On the Vardy one, the referee has re-laid back to the VAR what he's seen - if the referee sees that then it's not a clear and obvious error. The referee is convinced it's simulation. But it's clearly a penalty. The clue is where the ball goes. Mariappa doesn't get anywhere the ball and Vardy nips the ball away.Liverpool 5-2 Everton 2:57 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Leicester's victory over Watford in the Premier League. FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Leicester's victory over Watford in the Premier League.
INCIDENT: With the score at 2-1 to Liverpool, Marco Silva is incensed on the touchline after Virgil van Dijk challenges Dominic Calvert-Lewin who was through on goal. Referee Mike Dean awards a goal kick. VAR takes a look but doesn't override the call.
DERMOT SAYS: No penalty. Van Dijk was just too strong for him. Once they get together, Calvert-Lewin gets bundled out of it. It's just shoulder to shoulder. It's only a penalty when a player goes through the back of someone that's when referees give penalties and free kicks.Manchester United 2-1 Tottenham 3:00 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win against Everton in the Premier League. FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win against Everton in the Premier League.
INCIDENT: Marcus Rashford dribbles past Moussa Sissoko near the by-line and goes down after the Spurs man seemingly catches his heel. Referee Paul Tierney is well-positioned and awards the penalty. VAR doesn't step in.
DERMOT SAYS: I think penalty. From the referee's position, I think he has to give a penalty. I think he clips his ankle. Tierney's angle is great - what he sees in real-time means VAR can't overturn it.Crystal Palace 1-0 Bournemouth 2:57 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Manchester Utd's victory over Tottenham in the Premier League. FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Manchester Utd's victory over Tottenham in the Premier League.
INCIDENT: Mamadou Sakho flies into a challenge on 19 minutes, catching Adam Smith on the knee with a high foot. Referee Anthony Taylor brandishes a straight red.
DERMOT SAYS: This is all about the first touch, his touch is heavy. Any young referee should be preparing themselves to make a decision when a player's touch is heavy and he then lunges for the ball. He's caught him flush on the knee that's why he had to be treated as his knee was bleeding. The point of contact is too high, it's a dangerous tackle. Also, the speed he goes in at makes it a dangerous one.Sign up for goal alerts with Sky Sports
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Last Updated: 05/12/19 3:03pmJoel Matip's injury has taken longer to heal than expected
Joel Matip and Fabinho will miss Liverpool’s FIFA Club World Cup campaign in Qatar through injury.
Matip last featured for the Premier League leaders in a 1-1 draw against Manchester United in October and had been expected to be back in action by now. Manager Jurgen Klopp said on Tuesday Matip's injury is not healing as well as the club had hoped.Liverpool's 16-year-old forward Harvey Elliott is in the Club World Cup squad
Liverpool have named a 23-man squad for the tournament and have included teenagers Harvey Elliot, Rhian Brewster, Neco Williams and Curtis Jones in their travelling party.A Villa vs Liverpool
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The quartet were expected to play in Liverpool's Sky Live Carabao Cup quarter-final against Aston Villa, which takes place the day before their Club World Cup opener.
Liverpool can call up replacements up to 24 hours before their first game if any player pulls out due to injury.Fabinho was injured against Napoli and is expected to miss the festive period
The European champions enter the competition at the semi-final stage and play matches on Wednesday, December 18 and Saturday, December 21 as they bid to win the tournament for the first time in their history.
Both of Liverpool's matches will take place at the new Education City Stadium on the outskirts of the capital Doha. The stadium is one of 12 that will be used when Qatar hosts the FIFA World Cup in 2022.
Liverpool FIFA Club World Cup squad: Alisson, Virgil van Dijk, Georginio Wijnaldum, Dejan Lovren, James Milner, Naby Keita, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Joe Gomez, Adrian, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana, Andy Lonergan, Xherdan Shaqiri, Rhian Brewster, Andy Robertson, Divock Origi, Curtis Jones, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harvey Elliott, Neco Williams.Klopp hails 'outstanding' squad depth
Jurgen Klopp hailed the depth of quality he has in his Liverpool squad as his fringe players starred in the 5-2 win over Everton.
Klopp seemingly took a huge risk by making five changes, including leaving Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino on the bench in what is seen as one of the club's most important games of the season.
However, Liverpool's fringe players came to the fore and took their opportunity with both hands against a woeful Everton side that are on the brink of sacking their boss Marco Silva.1:55 Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says seeing his rotated side beat Everton was 'the best feeling', while praising and apologising to Xherdan Shaqiri over his lack of game time Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says seeing his rotated side beat Everton was 'the best feeling', while praising and apologising to Xherdan Shaqiri over his lack of game time
"There were a lot of great football moments in that game," Klopp said.
"We made five changes. I speak a lot about the quality in the squad, so I have to show it from time to time.
"You give the responsibility to the boys and they have to show that they can perform and what they're made of, which is incredible.Klopp's gamble pays off
We did it because we can do it," said Jurgen Klopp. It was shortly before kick-off at Anfield and the Liverpool manager had been asked to explain his team selection. A Merseyside derby seemed a strange time to make five changes to his starting line-up, but Klopp was right.3:00 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win against Everton in the Premier League. FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win against Everton in the Premier League.
Despite resting Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Liverpool were able to put five goals past Everton and they could have had more. Divock Origi scored two of them. Xherdan Shaqiri, another of the stand-ins, got one of the others.Win £250,000 on Wednesday!
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Liverpool have named their squad for the Club World Cup in Qatar, with a couple of surprise youngsters included with the senior side.
Jurgen Klopp‘s team now face Bournemouth in the Premier League and Salzburg in the Champions League—then it’s one more game against bottom club Watford, before the Reds are off to try to become the greatest side on the planet, officially.
With the League Cup quarter-final taking place one day before the CWC semis, though, it was expected that Klopp would take his seniors and leave the youngsters to play in the domestic cup—but even that inexperienced side will now be without a couple of regular names.
Neco Williams, Curtis Jones, Rhian Brewster and Harvey Elliott will all be travelling with Klopp and Co, leaving only Caoimhin Kelleher, Sepp van den Berg, Ki-Jana Hoever and Pedro Chirivella as the youth players who have had significant involvement in the League Cup this term.
Klopp will potentially play a rotated side in the semi-finals, likely against Mexican outfit Monterrey, before using a full-strength team in the final, assuming the Reds get there.
When the dates were confirmed for the League Cup quarter-finals, the EFL announced that they had been told by the club the team would be a similar to one in previous rounds this season:
“The EFL has long-acknowledged that this competition provides those Clubs with large resources with the opportunity to rotate their squads knowing that teams who wish to be successful have to be prepared to play a large amount of matches over the course of the season.
“Therefore, in these exceptional circumstances the decision was taken having received clear assurances from the Club that there will be a level of consistency in team selection, a feature which is key to ensuring integrity is maintained.”
Given the players left behind, it’s now possible to suggest the lineup which might face Aston Villa in the quarter-final…and it’s a tremendously inexperienced one.
Possible XI vs. Villa: Kelleher; Hoever, Koumetio, Van den Berg, Larouci; Dixon-Bonner, Chirivella, Kane, Lewis; Longstaff, Stewart.
Only five of those have featured in the cup so far, while Koumetio, Larouci, Lewis and Longstaff have all also been sub.
Either way, it appears that the League Cup is now below even the possibility of training with the seniors in the order of priority for Liverpool, given Jones and Co. may not see too much game time in Qatar.Liverpool squad for Club World Cup
Defenders: Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, N. Williams
Midfielders: Milner, Keita, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Jones
Forwards: Salah, Firmino, Mane, Origi, Shaqiri, Brewster, Elliott
Liverpool breezed past Everton in the 234th Merseyside derby on Wednesday, with Reds players expressing their happiness on social media.
Some of the attacking football on show was mesmerising, not least from Mane, who also delivered two assists on top of his goal.
Klopp’s decision to ring the changes had the potential to backfire, but those who came in impressed hugely, particularly Shaqiri and Origi.
It was proof of the squad depth that exists at Liverpool now, as well as the winning mentality that the manager has instilled in every player.
Speaking to LiverpoolFC.com, a rejuvenated Shaqiri admitted it was an “unbelievable” feeling to be back in the fold.
“I think you saw [how much I enjoyed it] on the pitch.
“It was unbelievable to be back on the pitch, I was very happy when I knew I’d play. I wanted to have a good performance.
“I’ve worked hard for the last few months – I’ve been injured and worked very hard. So I’m very happy to be back. I’m in good shape and very happy to be back.”
Meanwhile, cult hero Origi told Amazon Prime that the fringe players repaid the faith show in them by Klopp.
“The manager showed us trust and we just tried to repay it as much as possible and get the three points.
“We know it’s important for our season. It’s an important game, it’s special, you can hear it. I’m so happy.”
James Milner knew how important the victory was in the city, as Liverpool supporters earned bragging rights for another few months, at least.
Numerous other players took to social media to reveal their delight at the result, with man-of-the-moment Mane leading the celebrations.
The win still leaves Liverpool eight points clear ahead of Leicester, following the Foxes’ 2-0 victory at home to Watford.
Liverpool set a new club record after thrashing Everton 5-2 at Anfield, as the Reds carry on their imperious run of form.
Here are five key statistics from Wednesday’s win.New Unbeaten Record Set
Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Brighton last weekend saw them make it 31 matches unbeaten in the league – a joint-record in Reds history.
It further suggests that we are witnessing the best Liverpool team of all time, as they string together an unfathomable run of results.
They just need a league title to show for their efforts and their place among the true greats will be sealed.Klopp Completes Premier League Century
Klopp gave supporters heart failure when the starting lineups were announced, with his side having an almost second-string look to it for a Merseyside derby.
As always, though, the manager got it spot on, with Liverpool tearing Everton apart and key men being afforded some much-needed rest.
The win means Klopp now has 100 Premier League victories to his name, achieving the feat in 159 matches.
Only Jose Mourinho (142) managed to do it in a faster time, outlining what a remarkable job the German is doing at Anfield.
To reach his century quicker than Alex Ferguson (162), Arsene Wenger (179) and Rafa Benitez (181) is some achievement.Merseyside is Red
Everton fans left Anfield after being on the end of another hammering – they must wonder why they do it to themselves.
The 5-2 defeat leaves the Blues in the relegation zone, and with a tough run of fixtures coming up, Championship football next season can’t be completely ruled out.
To sum up just how superior Liverpool are to Everton these days, one incredible statistic emerged after the final whistle.
The Reds have the same number of wins (14) in the league this season as their rivals do points (14) – it’s absolute madness.
What this Liverpool team are achieving should never be taken for granted.Trent the Assist Master
The 21-year-old was magnificent at times, with his quality on the ball arguably as impressive as anyone in the country right now.
Alexander-Arnold picked up two assists against Brighton and he added another to his collection in the derby, laying on an inch-perfect pass for Mane to make it 4-1.
It means the right-back has 18 Premier League assists to his name since the beginning of last season – more than any other player.
Fifteen of those have come in 2019, showing just how influential he has been and why many regard him as the best in the world in his position.Over 100 Goal Involvements for Mane
Mane was extraordinary at Anfield, running the show with his attacking brilliance.
Prior to kickoff, Mane had 98 to his name, but his trio of key contributions saw him match Klopp in bringing up a century of his own.
The 27-year-old is the bookies’ favourite to win the PFA Player of the Year award – it will take someone special to beat him.
Liverpool have confirmed their 23-man squad for the forthcoming FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar later this month.
The Reds are set to play two matches in the tournament, with games scheduled for Wednesday December 18 and Saturday December 21.
Joel Matip and Fabinho are not included in Jürgen Klopp’s selection as they continue their recovery from respective injuries.
Players suffering from illness or injury prior to Liverpool’s first match in the competition can be replaced in the squad up to 24 hours before kick-off.
Liverpool FIFA Club World Cup squad: Alisson, Van Dijk, Wijnaldum, Lovren, Milner, Keita, Firmino, Mane, Salah, Gomez, Adrian, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Lonergan, Shaqiri, Brewster, Robertson, Origi, Jones, Alexander-Arnold, Elliott, Williams.
Liverpool claimed a comprehensive 5-2 win over Everton at Anfield on Wednesday night.
Divock Origi netted twice with Xherdan Shaqiri, Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum also on the mark.
Here is what the media made of the victory...
Paul Gorst, Liverpool Echo
For Klopp and his Liverpool players, there will have been no better way to do it. No better way to end a decade of Merseyside derby dominance. No better way to bring up a new club record. No better way to reassert yourself as the Premier League's top dog. This 5-2 drubbing of their most fierce and historic rivals now sees the Reds unbeaten in 32 matches in the top flight. It was surely made all the more sweeter by the identity of the opponent here at Anfield. Liverpool's longest unbeaten run against any team in the Premier League now stands at 18 games and that will extend into 2020 as Everton's annual Anfield hardship continues. Origi once more made himself the man for the big occasion as he got on the end of a razor-sharp counter-attack inside six minutes to round Jordan Pickford and score his fourth in as many games against Everton. It was this fixture 367 days ago that was the re-birth of Origi's time on Merseyside. Summoned from the bench late on, it was his 96th-minute winner that broke Everton hearts. Twelve months on, he is a Champions League-winning Anfield icon. The standing ovation reserved for his second-half exit was richly deserved. Like Shaqiri, he is another whose contribution will be vital before the season is done and dusted.
Neil Jones, Goal.com
The 234th Merseyside derby is one which will live long in the memory. There’s something about Everton which brings out the best in Origi. The Belgian scored twice before half-time, both goals taken superbly, and now has five in derby matches. This was only his fourth league start of the campaign, but it was Shaqiri’s first since January. The Swiss star had only 15 minutes of competitive action this season prior to Wednesday night, but you’d never have known. Shaqiri, like he did in that memorable Champions League win over Barcelona, came out of the shadows to hog the limelight. He scored Liverpool’s second goal, and looked as sharp as he ever has in a red shirt. Adam Lallana and James Milner, too, made contributions having been handed starts. Liverpool’s squad strength is often talked about as a potential weakness, but the evidence is to the contrary. Here, they didn’t even use Salah or Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Firmino and Henderson were needed for only 18 minutes apiece – Firmino still found time to register an assist, by the way.
David Lynch, Evening Standard
Origi was already the number one Merseyside derby goalscorer in the current Liverpool squad going the teams’ 234th clash. And so, while few will have expected the Belgian to start this one, it was little surprise when he went on to take his personal tally to five with two excellently taken goals. The first followed an instinctive striker’s move in behind and a deft touch around the ‘keeper, but it was the second that truly showcased Origi’s ability. Dejan Lovren’s ball over the top was pinpoint, but to control it closely and quickly enough to pull off the finish took remarkable skill. He might not always get the chances to show it, but Origi has that in bundles - just ask Everton supporters.
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Divock Origi produced a brilliant brace as Liverpool beat Everton 5-2 in a sensational Merseyside derby at Anfield on Wednesday night.
The Reds forward opened the scoring after just six minutes of a Premier League clash that included six goals before half-time.
Xherdan Shaqiri, Origi and Sadio Mane all struck again for Liverpool, with Michael Keane and Richarlison responding to keep the Blues within touching distance at the break.
But Georginio Wijnaldum provided the only goal of a keenly-fought second half in the 90th minute and ensured victory for the home team.
Here are five talking points from a thrilling game...
Divock the derby specialist
Origi headed into the match with his name already etched into derby folklore, having scored a 96th-minute winner in the last meeting at Anfield. He emerged from this one with his legend enhanced.
With just six minutes on the clock, the Belgian latched onto a Mane through pass and went around goalkeeper Jordan Pickford to slot home the opening goal and set the tone for the 234th clash with the Blues.
He added another just after the half-hour, and it was even better than the first. Controlling Dejan Lovren's raking pass over the defence with an exquisite first touch, his second lofted a perfectly judged finish over the advancing goalkeeper and under the bar.
That's now five goals against the Blues for the No.27 - more than any other player in the current squad - and moves him level with Dirk Kuyt in the list of the club's most prolific scorers against Everton in the Premier League, behind only Robbie Fowler (six) and Steven Gerrard (nine).
If Origi claimed the starring role, then the best supporting actor must certainly go to the swashbuckling Mane.
The relentless No.10 claimed two brilliant assists and struck a phenomenal goal of his own against the neighbours from across Stanley Park.
As the only starter from Liverpool's regular attacking trio - with Origi and Shaqiri coming in to replace Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino - the Senegalese forward emphatically stepped into the spotlight.
It was his slide-rule pass that set up Origi for the first goal, his defence-splitting delivery that assisted Shaqiri for the second, and his unerring finish into the bottom corner that notched Liverpool's fourth of the night.
Mane has now scored 17 goals in his last 17 Premier League starts at Anfield and since August 2018 he has netted more home goals in the division than any other player (23).
Klopp sends records tumbling
Almost lost among the goals and meaty challenges of a frenetic derby was the fact that Jürgen Klopp oversaw his 100th Premier League victory as Liverpool manager and set a new club record to boot.
Coming in his 159th top-flight fixture in charge of the Reds, it beats the previous benchmark for a century of wins in the fewest games set by Kenny Dalglish, who did it in 167 matches.
And if that's not impressive enough, Wednesday night's win also means Klopp's men extend their unbeaten run in the league to 32 matches - beating the previous best, also set under Dalglish, in 1988.
A word on the defence
It may seem strange to pick out the defence in a derby that had the most goals scored in one half in the fixture's Premier League history, but they deserve special mention - not least as they had a hand in two of Liverpool's efforts.
Centre-back Lovren capped a commanding display in which he led the team with most touches (103), passes (88), clearances (seven) and interceptions (two) with one of the assists of the night: a Virgil van Dijk-esque ping from deep that dropped over the opposition defence for Origi to control and fire home Liverpool's third.
Right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold led the team in tackles (five), possession regains (eight), total passes in the opposition half (27) and topped his all-action display with a clever flicked assist for Mane with the outside of his boot... from left wing!
Mention must also go to left-back Andy Robertson, who made his 100th appearance for the Reds.
A squad game
"I've said a lot of times how much I like the squad and now we have to use it," said Klopp after springing a few surprises among the five changes he made for the match.
Adrian replaced the suspended Alisson Becker in goal, while James Milner, Adam Lallana, Shaqiri and Origi also came in for Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Firmino and Salah.
"That's the line-up for today because we think the game will be really intense and for this you need kind of fresh legs and we try to bring them in," he added.
It turned out to be yet another stroke of genius from the German tactician.
Klopp must now continue to shuffle his squad as the Reds head into a hectic festive fixture list that includes a Champions League group decider, a Premier League title challenge, FA Cup and Carabao Cup ties, and a FIFA Club World Cup tournament on another continent.
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Jürgen Klopp described Liverpool's performance in winning Wednesday night's Merseyside derby 5-2 as 'exceptional'.
The Reds boss made five changes to his starting XI to face Everton at Anfield and was rewarded with an emphatic performance, including three goals – two from Divock Origi and one from Xherdan Shaqiri – courtesy of players brought into the line-up.
Victory maintained their eight-point lead at the Premier League summit and set a new club record of 32 consecutive league matches without defeat.
Read a full transcript of Klopp’s post-match press conference below…
On his assessment of the performance…
Good – really, really good, especially in the circumstances I created pretty much by myself with the line-up. Making five changes can lead to some problems, of course. I didn’t see any of them. We have to make changes, that’s clear; probably some people were not too happy that we did that before a derby but we cannot make differences on that. It was clear it would be a really intense game so we needed fresh legs, as many as we could get. The only two boys I didn’t bring tonight were Joe [Gomez] and Naby [Keita] and both – with Joe you saw it and Naby I can tell you – are in outstanding shape. It was only me not being brave enough to make [those changes] as well.
But what the boys made of this difficult game was exceptional. We scored incredible goals. We had to fight. A few things didn’t work out defensively. First, we probably surprised them with our system; then, they didn’t surprise us but we couldn’t adapt as quickly as possible as necessary to their little system change. We wanted to wait until half-time – I was fine with 4-1, I was not fine with 4-2. But then we adapted to the system. It was an intense game but we controlled it much more again, scored a sensational fifth goal and job done – all good.
On Origi’s overall performance…
Outstanding! What a game he played. It was not only the goals but the goals were exceptional. The first one was a great attack in general – winning the ball, Adam [Lallana] passes to Sadio; Sadio sees the run, sees his movement and passes that ball in exactly the right moment, one touch and an open goal, great. The second one… in Germany when I was young one highlight of my week was always goal of the week and goal of the month; when they selected these, that would have been 100 per cent in contention. It was just a great first touch and then finishing it off like this. Apart from that, incredibly important runs for us, movements, used his speed, looked so natural. That was the most important thing. The understanding with Shaq and Sadio was obviously really good. So it was a pretty impressive performance of Div.
On the encouragement he takes from the performances of the players who came into the team…
That was the reason why we made the changes, then as a manager you hope for it. When the boys then deliver like they did tonight, it’s the best feeling you can get as a manager actually, that it worked out like that. It didn’t surprise me but I didn’t expect it in that – not perfection – but that manner. It was really good and helped us, not only the three points but that we could make the changes and the boys now know. Because it’s easy for me to tell them often, very often, how good they are but if they then don’t play it’s not too easy for them to always understand what I say. But if they play and deliver like they did tonight, it’s a very, very important sign for the whole squad, absolutely.
On becoming the fastest manager in Liverpool history to 100 league wins…
What I can say about it, what my feeling is, is all of these 100 wins were kind of lifesavers. It is always so important. I feel since two years it is not allowed to draw or whatever, or to lose, for sure not. Since we chased the Champions League two years ago and had a kind of advantage over Chelsea and then Chelsea came back and chased us all over the pitch without playing us. Since then, we have [had] to win each game and thank God the boys did that pretty often. But it’s not the number I am really interested in; it’s 300 points, that’s cool, but only 43 of them help us this season – all the others don’t help us. All good, a nice number, but I’m not too interested. The boys are the reason for the wins, nothing else. It is cool but it’s necessary as well. We sit here and nobody is kind of relieved, it is just a number – 43 – and three is the next number because in three days we play again against Bournemouth. They are waiting for us with all they have. They are not happy with their situation; I saw their game last night and they want to strike back, so we have to be ready for that game again and that’s actually the only thing I’m really thinking about: how can we make sure we are there for this specific fight and ready again? Then we will see. Stats are cool, if you look at it after a season then it is interesting, but in the season, absolutely not interesting for me.
On Shaqiri’s performance on his first start in seven months…
[Seven months] really? Sorry Shaq! He was injured a couple of times. If he could have scored two goals like Divock instead of one, I could say exactly the same [as I said about Origi]. He looked completely fresh, he looked strong, physically strong, so it is important players train after they get injured. He had twice this calf thing this season, so there was not a lot to change but I think he has been back in training for two or three weeks now completely normal. He understood the situation, that’s how it is in a squad when you win a lot of games, you don’t make 20 changes. It was always clear this period now of the year is where we need all of the boys and I hope they will then be in the shape like Shaq and Div tonight, or Adam [Lallana] tonight. It’s really important and gives us the feeling that we can do it more often – and we will do it more often. It was an incredible performance, the set-pieces were outstanding. It was all really good. More to follow!