Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed that his players failed to listen to him after his side secured a 2-1 victory over Bournemouth this past weekend.
The Merseyside outfit secured all three points at the Vitality Stadium, but it appears that players were in no mood to celebrate.
As reported by the Liverpool Echo, the Reds chief insisted that his stars were already thinking about Wednesday's fixture against Everton.
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Klopp is set to take charge of his first Merseyside derby and he's admitted that he's excited about the contest.
The former Borussia Dortmund man, who has been involved in a number of derby matches throughout the course of his managerial career, has insisted that derby matches are 'special' occasions.
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Ahead of the fixture with Everton, the Liverpool boss stated: "When we were in the dressing room and we spoke a little about Sunday’s game at Bournemouth I don’t think anyone was really listening.
"They are thinking about Everton. I’m OK with that. That’s really cool. It’s very exciting. It’s important too.
"Derbies are always difficult to play because you have to handle the pressure. There’s no advantage or disadvantage for either side.
"For me, I like these special games. I’ve been a manager since 2001. That’s 15 years and each game is important.
"But with special games like this it’s different."
Klopp has, however, insisted that the rivalry between Dortmund and Schalke is more aggressive than the one between Liverpool and Everton.
In fact, the German coach has revealed that since joining Liverpool, Everton fans have been friendly to him.
He continued: "Since I've been here I get the feeling that the rivalry was more aggressive between Dortmund and Schalke. For example, you wouldn't work for Dortmund if you were a Schalke fan. No chance.
"If you say 'okay, I'm good at this and this, can I work here?' They'd say: 'what club?' You say Schalke they say: 'thank-you, now go'.
"Dortmund to Schalke is 25km. In Dortmund itself, there aren't many Schalke fans but if you go 10km out there are a lot. As Dortmund manager, I lived in a street and my two neighbours were Schalke fans. They showed it every day, flying flags!
"If we lost to them the next day I'd see them and they'd be shouting: 'Morning!' When we won, they didn't say hello.
"Here I feel it's a little bit different. All the Evertonians I've met until now have been pretty friendly."
With Liverpool progressing well under Klopp's regime, the club will be desperate to continue their momentum and get one over on their rivals on Wednesday.
The focus at Anfield may well be on the Europa League - the club are set for a two-legged semi-final tie against Spanish outfit Villarreal - but it's safe to say that a victory over Everton will only increase the feel-good factor surrounding the club.
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