This weekend’s Merseyside Derby is poised to be one of the most fascinating in a long time.
Since Everton last met Liverpool on December 19, the Toffees have lost just one Premier League game.
The Reds, on the other hand – well, their struggles have been well-documented enough.
There are just six points between the two sides in the table, as if that added edge was needed in what is always a feisty encounter.
Didi Hamann is a player who knows what it’s like to take part in one of the most eagerly anticipated games of the football calendar.
The former Liverpool midfielder spent seven years at Anfield, but he’s risked incurring the wrath of his former fans by making a rather odd suggestion on the eve of the derby.
Klopp vs Koeman
Speaking about Jurgen Klopp and Ronald Koeman – and who he’d rather play for – he admitted per the Liverpool Echo:
“Klopp is very outgoing, very enthusiastic and very passionate about things, while Ronald Koeman is Mr Cool.
“My personality is probably more in sync with the Everton manager’s than Jurgen’s.
“I never really liked managers who shouted a lot or who were on the go all the time on the touchline.
“Without knowing how they work with the team and how they address players in the dressing room – purely from a personality point of view – I’d probably sway towards Koeman as the manager I would have preferred to play for.”
It’s going to be a derby to remember
Rest assured, though, the German won’t be doing a Jamie Carragher and donning an Everton shirt or hanging out with Romelu Lukaku anytime soon.
It’s fair to say the Champions League winner is on his own when it comes to his views on his compatriot’s screaming and shouting.
Most Liverpool fans have absolutely loved Klopp’s enthusiasm for the game since he took the reins from the more conservative Brendan Rodgers in October 2015.
The Merseyside derby is all about passion. Klopp will need his men to deliver a rousing performance as they look to cement their place in the top four, and there’s no better way to do that than with three points over the blue half of the city.
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