Jurgen Klopp blames the wind for Liverpool’s 0-0 draw at Everton
Jurgen Klopp believes strong winds "did not help anybody" at Goodison Park as Liverpool were held to a frustrating Merseyside derby draw by Everton.
Liverpool failed to regain top spot in the Premier League after being held to a Sunday stalemate by the Toffees, leaving the Reds one point behind defending champions Manchester City with just nine games of the season remaining.
Mohamed Salah came closest to breaking the deadlock just before the half-hour mark after being sent clean through on the right, but the Egyptian narrowed the angle too much and Jordan Pickford made a good save.
Salah was also denied by a superb tackle from Michael Keane in the second half and Lucas Digne did likewise to prevent Fabinho breaking the deadlock, while at the other end Bernard was inches away from connecting with substitute Richarlison's dangerous ball across the six-yard line.
Klopp cited the wind as a factor behind Liverpool's FA Cup exit against Wolves back in January, and on Sunday said the inclement weather was one of the reasons why his players - and Everton, too - struggled at Goodison Park.
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"It is OK, a difficult game for different reasons and a wild opponent," Klopp told Sky Sports. "The wind was coming from all directions and did not help anybody.
"It was a game that was difficult to control and we had three or four really big chances with Mohamed Salah and Fabinho, I don't remember them having any chances.
"It is 0-0 and we kept our unbeaten run against them, not exactly what we wanted but it was a difficult game.
"Salah is doing everything right up until the last second, we had our moments and we have to fight the circumstances and the opposition, the boys did that.
"Our derbies are over and we play all the others now. It was not a genius game but we got a point against an opponent who is double motivated.
"We have to take the situation as it is. We talk about a free-flowing Liverpool side the other day and now we have Burnley at Anfield.
"Only 400 yards away from here but a completely different game. We have to show stability and fight for the result."
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My view: Just wow, Jurgen Klopp blamed the wind for his players failure to beat Everton, well let's wait and see if he'll blame the sun, moon and sea next. But he didn't blame anything on his team's draw last week with weak and injury ravaged Manchester United team.