By Shadrack Andenga Odinga
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admitted on Friday that Everton football club is now a serious challenger to the English Premier League and also now the biggest rival to his club on a derby day.
Speaking to BBC Football Focus, the German was all praise to head Coach Carlo Ancelotti who according to him has changed the fortunes of the Tofees.
“What I think about Carlo Ancelotti was never a secret. I couldn’t respect him more. He’s a wonderful human being. When I heard he was going to sign for Everton I thought “Uhhh, the next proper challenger in line”, said the German.
The former Borussia Dortmund boss also added
‘They did the perfect business in the summer. They found exactly the players that they needed to improve an already pretty good football team.Together, getting more used to what Carlo wants them to do makes them a pretty strong team.The sensational form of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who has scored nine goals already for Everton this season, is a key component but the whole picture is looking rosier at Goodison.”
The Toffees are flying high atop the English Premier League table ahead of Saturday’s early kick-off, the biggest Merseyside derby in years.
And Klopp is not surprised by the success of his side’s fierce rivals after they conducted ‘perfect business’ in the summer.
Everton last won a Merseyside derby exactly a decade ago on Saturday, back in 2010 and now Klopp feels that the tide is massively changing after the arrival of the great Italian tactician.
Klopp will lead the English Premier champs on 17th October away at Goodison park to face the Toffees for a showdown of the Merseyside derby.
The unbeaten homeside Everton, are currently leading the log with 12 points from four matches played, while archi rivals Liverpool lie fifth on the table with nine points after playing four games.