Keane was right about Liverpool but now it’s time to prove Guardiola wrong


The Merseyside derby wasn’t a great spectacle, but who were your standout performers in red?

I don’t think you can look past Alisson as our best player really – without him we’d have certainly left Goodison with nothing.

I think we almost take him for granted sometimes, with nothing to do all game he could have easily lost concentration, but he came up trumps for us in the final 10 minutes with some massive saves. He’s been the difference in so many games since joining.

Naby Keita looked sharp and lively and had some great link-up play. He seemed to be involved in every Liverpool attack and hopefully, he can kick on from this performance over the next few games.

Takumi Minamino did quite well in the first half, but does he need to be played centrally to showcase his full capabilities?

When he joined I’m going to be honest and say I didn’t know much about him and hadn’t seen him play much, apart from that unbelievable performance for Red Bull Salzburg at Anfield.

From what I’ve seen so far I’d imagine Minamino is most suited to a central position. He presses really well and often wins the ball back in the opposition’s half – our best chance in the game against Everton came from him cleverly dispossessing Andre Gomes.

I can’t see him dislodging Roberto Firmino any time soon, but he’s certainly a good back up and his versatility and ability to play as a second striker and on either wing will certainly be a big help to Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool picked up a couple of injuries in the game – are you concerned and does that increase your desire to see a signing this summer at all?

I’m not really concerned to be honest. We have good reinforcements throughout the squad and I think you just have to accept that we’re never going to be a financial powerhouse like Man City, who can afford to have seven superstars on the bench.

We have a good number of youngsters coming through and I’d like to see them be given a chance.

Rhian Brewster has done well while on loan at Swansea and there’s been hype around him for as long as I can remember, so it’ll be interesting to see how he kicks on next year.

Harvey Elliott looks like a real talent, as does Neco Williams and I think they’ll both have a part to play in the remainder of the season.

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If we are going to make a signing this summer, I wouldn’t be surprised if we bring in a left-back as an understudy to Andrew Robertson.

Yasser Larouci looks decent, but I’m not sure how I’d feel about him starting a string of games if Robertson were to pick up a serious injury.

Liverpool could yet have their league title confirmed without playing if Chelsea do the Reds a favour. Is that likely, and what are your thoughts on that scenario?

I think it certainly could happen. It would be quite fitting in a way wouldn’t it, as you know the Chelsea fans would feel sick at their…



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