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Jurgen Klopp defends his controversial decision against Everton

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has defended his decision to rest Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho for the Merseyside derby on Sunday.

As they are two of the best players in the Reds first team, this decision has been met with mixed-emotions.

The Reds would have been favourites to win the game and looked on course to claim three points after Mohamed Salah put them 1-0.

However DejanLovren was adjudged to have brought down Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the box during the second half and Wayne Rooney made no mistake in converting from the spot to earn his side a point.

When asked about why he opted to rotate, Klopp said: “I thought before the game, yes. Still yes, even when the result doesn’t show it. We did it in the last six or seven weeks.

“We do it like this. I’ve said it here, I’ve said it to the boys already, we can change as much as we want when we win the games, but when we don’t win the games I take the blame. I have no problem with that.

“The boys who came in were fresh and did a brilliant job. They played, they worked hard. We worked hard, it was a derby, we accepted it, we took it as a derby, it’s a fight. You need to be ready for each challenge — and we were ready for each challenge.

“We tried everything. We could have scored, we had clear chances, half-chances — we had everything you need but we didn’t use it, that’s how it is and we know that. It was always clear a day like this could happen — we wanted to win 1-0 and we didn’t.”