Klopp keeps cool after Liverpool's derby romp
LIVERPOOL manager Juergen Klopp refused to get carried away after his rampant side crushed neighbours Everton 4-0 in a one-sided 226th Merseyside derby at Anfield.
Yesterday's Premier League encounter was little short of a humiliation for the visitors, who finished the match with 10 men after Ramiro Funes Mori's second-half red card.
In truth, the match was already over by then, as first-half headers from Divock Origi and Mamadou Sakho set the Reds on the path to victory.
Straight after the break, Funes Mori clattered Origi in a shocking tackle, for which he received marching orders.
Substitute Daniel Sturridge - on for Origi, who was stretchered off - slotted past Joel Robles to add a third after an hour before a wonderful strike from Philippe Coutinho capped off a memorable night for the home side with 14 minutes remaining.
But while Klopp admitted that his team are enjoying their football, Origi's injury took some of the gloss off the win and the German said the margin of victory could be partly explained by Funes Mori's exit.
"We did well. Usually, after a 4-0 win, I don't know how to keep the smile of my face, but tonight it's pretty easy," Klopp said.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez is now under fire like never before.
After a series of insipid displays this season, particularly at Goodison Park, the Spaniard is rapidly running out of support on the terraces.
"It was disastrous," he said. "It was a horrible showing that started with the best intentions but ended with an inability to do the basics right."
Meanwhile, Italian right-back Matteo Darmian scored his first goal for Manchester United and created an own goal for Damien Delaney as fifth-placed United beat Palace 2-0 to close to within a point of fourth-placed Arsenal in the Premier League.
Elsewhere, a penalty double from Mark Noble helped West Ham complete a comfortable 3-1 win over Watford that kept their pursuit of European football firmly on track.
The teams finishing fifth and sixth stand to qualify for next season's Europa League.
REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE