Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has praised the work done by Everton in the transfer window this summer and labeled Carlo Ancelotti a “sensational manager”.
Klopp has been impressed by Everton’s signings and says that they have looked a good team in the early weeks, as much as he wishes it were not the case.
Everton splashed out in the summer to bolster their squad, spending around £67m on James Rodriguez, Doucoure, Ben Godfrey, Allan and Robin Olsen.
Speaking to Liverpool’s website, Klopp offered his opinion on Everton’s summer business. “I think that you don’t need to be a manager to see that, it’s pretty clear that they did some good business and Carlo is a sensational manager.
“So it was always clear that when he has the time to build something then he will do that, if they have the resources to build something then he will do that, and that’s what he did.
“This team looks really, really good – I would like to say something different but it’s not possible! So of course that’s a proper challenger. Look, so many teams did really good business in this transfer window, [business] which made real sense, and they all will improve.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Godfrey and Olsen are yet to feature for Everton, but James, Doucoure and Allan have already shown their quality in the Premier League this season. Allan and Doucoure have both started all four games and averaged WhoScored ratings of over 7.00, whilst James has stood out in particular with a score of 8.41 – topping Everton’s squad and being above any Liverpool player.
The attacking midfielder, signed from Real Madrid, has already proven himself to be influential with three goals and two assists in four matches. He has provided 12 key passes in four games to highlight how adept he is at unlocking defences and creating chances for his teammates. This is something Liverpool may have to be wary of in the derby as they look to negate Everton’s attacking threat.
Klopp’s words of praise for their business looks a shrewd assessment based on their stats. Hopefully, Liverpool will be able to keep them at bay on Saturday and come away with the three points to show that they are still the superior team and rebuild some confidence after the 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa before the international break.