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CLOSER: Jurgen Klopp. Photo: REUTERS

CLOSER: Jurgen Klopp. Photo: REUTERS

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CLOSER: Jurgen Klopp. Photo: REUTERS

Manager Jurgen Klopp admits the rhythm Liverpool need cannot be conjured out of thin air as a frustrating Merseyside derby edged them a point closer to ending a 30-year wait for the title.

Despite having 70 per cent possession at Goodison Park the champions-elect managed just three shots on target, exactly the same number as Everton had playing a much less offensive game.

Rhythm is a key factor the Reds boss often makes reference to but after a three-month break he knows he cannot expect too much, too soon.

"I liked the intensity level of the game from my boys, the high press, but I didn't like too much the rhythm - but we cannot force that," said Klopp.

"I saw four weeks (of) training sessions and I was happy. It was just a difficult game. Physically we were ready, which was important.

"The defensive stuff was there, I liked offensively but you need moments. If you score in a moment it can change a situation.

"The performance level was OK, we played a year ago in April here, we've played in December here - the games look always the same. We have to respect the opponent as well and Everton were here to make our lives difficult and they could have won the game. A point is a deserved result."

Liverpool lost two players to injury in the game but Klopp hopes both James Milner and Joel Matip will not be sidelined for long. "Millie felt hamstring a little bit but we had this in the past. He is not often injured so hopefully not serious," he added.

"Joel was unlucky and we had to make a quick decision. He bent or stretched his big toe, it is really painful but hopefully the pain settles now and it is nothing serious."