Jurgen Klopp praises Liverpool fringe players after Merseyside derby win over Everton.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for his much-changed line-up as they beat Everton 5-2 in the Merseyside derby.

Divock Origi scored twice as the league leaders maintained their eight-point advantage over nearest rivals Leicester City and piled pressure on Everton manager Marco Silva.

He said: “There were a lot of great football moments in that game. We made five changes, I speak a lot about the quality in the squad so I have to show it from time to time.

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“You give the responsibility to the boys and they have to show that they can perform and what they’re made of, which is incredible. Divock’s goal, Sadio’s passes, Shaq’s everything, Adam Lallana everywhere and he had so many really, really good moments.

“Just so many good football moments. But of course, from time to time a bit rusty in defending because they were really direct.”

Klopp continued: “It was all good until 4-1, but the 4-2 I didn’t like so much. But we have to learn and have to improve and that’s what we will do. They are fantastic footballers, I said before the season that there is no one in the squad who is not an outstanding footballer.”

Everton manager Marco Silva lamented his side’s slow start to the game, saying: “It was a tough night for us, but we knew that before the match and we spoke before the match about how it would be tough for us to play here.

“We have to be really competitive and play with full focus. The way we started the game created the biggest problem for us.”

Additional reporting by PA

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