Guardiola defends Klopp over Merseyside derby celebration, and demands more from Sterling

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp tried to play down running onto the pitch to celebrate a last-minute Merseyside derby victor - but that may not be enough for him to escape a Football Association charge.

But how the 100th Anfield league derby still stood goalless at that stage was a surprise with the first half, especially, producing multiple chances for both teams.

"If you look at the footage I thought 'What am I doing?' first", said Van Dijk. I'm a defender so sometimes you need to to think a little bit more as a striker when you are up there but, in the end, it was fantastic it goes in like that.

However, he has tried not to let that affect him and his reward came by writing his name into derby-day history.

"The squad situation, I am not 100 per cent sure in the moment to be honest".

Speaking to reporters ahead of the fixture, Klopp admitted he is unsure of which players will line-up on Sunday as the majority of the squad continue their recovery from Wednesday's antics against PSG.

"What I told him will stay between us but what I can tell you is we started the match altogether, we have been working since the first day altogether and we will analyse the match altogether", he said.

So the three points Origi's late goal gave Liverpool was crucial - as was an 11th clean sheet of the season.

"He did really well until that moment and it is something no one expected".

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Klopp, who admitted the goal was "a bit lucky", expressed his delight for Origi.

Peep! We are underway in the Merseyside Derby! . I didn't want to run, ' said Klopp who sprinted onto the Anfield pitch to embrace keeper Alisson.

"Fouls and harsh tackles happen, but in his case it was so obvious that it was a break in his development. Now he can finish that book and from now on everything will be fine".

Liverpool can close the gap to Premier League leaders Manchester City back to two points with a derby win.

"Sorry to the Everton fans again, I know how much it means to them", said the 24-year-old.

Watching it happen you just knew there would be some kind of punishment for encroaching on to the field of play.

"It's one that all the players will remember for a long time and hopefully the fans will as well because we've dominated the fixture for so long and we've extended it".

LIVERPOOL: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Shaqiri (Keita, 71 mins), Firmino (Origi, 84 mins), Mane, Salah (Sturridge, 75 mins).

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