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Liverpool is in the fourth round of the EFL Cup after beating championship side Derby County 3-0 at the iPro Stadium on Tuesday.
Ragnar Klavan, Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi scored the goals for the Reds, who dominated the game against the lower-level opponents. Manager Jurgen Klopp didn’t think his side was perfect, but he was happy to get the win and move onto the next round.
“We were better and deserved to win, we created chances,” Klopp told the club’s official website. “Could we have done better? Yes, a lot. Is it important tonight? No, because that’s what you want to have. You need to be 100 per cent professional, be really serious and take games like these like they are. They could be difficult but it wasn’t difficult because of us.
“The opponent was ready for each opportunity but we didn’t give them [any]. So it was good. First half, we could have been a little bit better in the last pass. Second half, we could have been better in the counter-attack. That would have changed the result a little bit but we scored the goals, so it’s not that I would say ‘I would rather score this goal than this goal’. I take them like they are, 3-0, all good.”
Klopp also addressed the fact that Liverpool have six wins in their last seven away games.
The pleasing thing is that I don’t feel anything – it’s not that we are surprised and think ‘OK, let’s take a week’s break and celebrate it’. We had the games, we played them, we are professionals,” Klopp said. “I’ve always thought in my life the difference between home and away should not be that big, especially when you have a good side – which is what we are – but of course it was difficult.
“ I don’t want to underestimate it and say it’s normal. I know what the fixtures are and we have to play them again next year probably, that’s not a problem. In this moment, for us it is absolutely OK and it’s actually what we expected from us.”