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However, the Reds have not set pulses racing as much as they did last season, when they got to the Champions League final and finished fourth in the EPL, but Klopp feels their new-found patience and pragmatism is paying off.

"Yes, we could have scored more goals and been more creative".

Salah played against Everton once last season, scoring a brilliant individual effort that later won the FIFA Puskas Award in a 1-1 draw at Anfield.

However, Klopp used Liverpool's defensive record in the Premier League so far this season to defend the recent performances in the centre of the pitch.

'He came over and said: 'Hello.' I said to him: 'It's the derby on Sunday and you have to win, you have to win.' He said: 'I know'.

Even after a setback in the 2-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in midweek, the manager is confident his players will be prepared-saying "everything is there that we need".

Silva's summer swoop for Brazilian Richarlison from his former club Watford has proved an unqualified success with the 21-year-old forward the club's joint leading league scorer with six goals.

"He has the best squad", Klopp said.

One man that appeared to receive more criticism than others for his display was Jordan Henderson.

"Since I'm in, Everton was always really busy, but it's now it's the best-tuned squad, 100 percent. This time if they lose a game we need to be there to overtake them". "The development and improvement is obvious".

Unbeaten Liverpool have made their best start to a Premier League campaign with 33 points from 13 games, yet still trail leaders City by two points.

"Now everything is there: creativity, speed, good organisation; Coleman back and fit; Keane settled and fit; Mina, brilliant player, very important for the buildup; Digne, like the young Baines". We work together and it's not down to one player or two players.

It is one point more than Brendan Rodgers achieves in 2013/14 where they were, again, runners-up.

"I want them to play the match to win".