Jurgen Klopp was left frustrated with Liverpool’s inability to score after a performance he called “90 per cent positive” in the defeat by Everton.
Everton ended their 22-year wait for a Merseyside derby win at Anfield with a 2-0 victory which consigned Liverpool to their worst home league run in almost a century.
Victory, their first in 23 derbies, saw Everton draw level on 40 points with their sixth-placed hosts and with a match in hand.
The last time Liverpool lost four league games in a row at home was in 1923. Klopp saw his team fail to score at Anfield for the fourth time in their last five matches with Jamie Carragher particularly scathing on Liverpool’s attacking players, saying “they got everything they deserved.”
Klopp told Sky Sports: “The first goal, which we have to defend better, gave the direction of the game. It was unnecessary.
“There were plenty of good football moments so we did well from a creative point of view but we had to chase the game and were not clam enough.
“Everton defended deep and full of passion but there were still moments where we were completely free in the box but we didn’t finish.
“In the second half we changed formation a little because we wanted to cause them more problems. Immediately we had big chances. Sadio [Mane] twice in the box and Bobby [Firmino] was twice in promising positions, so we had all these moments.
“The penalty was late and wasn’t really decisive so we don’t have to talk about that too much.
“We could talk about this for an hour in detail and you would realise what you were talking about would be 90 per positive but 10 per cent was not and we have to change 10 per cent because it makes the difference result wise.
“We stand here having lost 2-0. I know how important it is. We feel it deep inside. But from tomorrow on I have to use all the good stuff. These good situations are the guarantee that we can change it but the decisive moments we have to change as well.”
Ancelotti praises Everton spirit
Everton boss Ancelotti has now beaten Liverpool in his managerial career with five different clubs: AC Milan, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Napoli and now Everton.
“I’m really happy,” Ancelotti said.
“What it means, this victory, is that we can compete. Using our quality, which is not the same technical quality of Liverpool, but we have a strong spirit in this period and our belief is improving.
“The performance was good, it was difficult, but the spirit of the team was good.
“We competed really well and were clinical in front. We didn’t have a lot of opportunities but the opportunities we did have we were able to convert them really well.
“We worked hard defensively. The performance of Jordan Pickford and the back at the back was really, really good. We were then clinical in front with James and Richarlison.”