Jurgen Klopp was delighted after Liverpool defeated Derby County 3-0 to ease into the last 16 of EFL Cup at the iPro Stadium. Ragnar Klavan, Phillippe Coutinho, Divock Origi were on target as The Reds dominated the match.
“We were better tonight and we deserved to win, we created plenty of chances. Could we have done better? Yes, but is that important? No,” Klopp said. Liverpool have now won four games in row under Klopp’s guidance. You need to be 100 percent professional in games like this, which could be difficult, but we were ready for every opportunity
Liverpool lost to Manchester City 1-3 in the last League Cup final. Klopp wants to repeat this feat as he is eying another League Cup Final appearance. “This is a very important tournament for us, for the players, and we have to show it from the first second. Let’s go for it.” We could’ve been better in the first half with the last pass and in the second with our counter attack but we will take 3-0 all day.”
Derby County manager Nigel Pearson said that Liverpool were too hot to handle for a team like Derby who is right now languishing at the 20th place in the Championship. “I would be first to accept there is a gulf in class tonight and where we are and where we aspire to be is a considerable difference,” he said.
“For us to progress as a club we need to build a squad which can compete anywhere. All of the goals had an element of we could have done better, so that is frustrating. Mistakes cost you dearly against sides like this. After that it is damage limitation to make sure it is not an embarrassment.”