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Klopp believes Ancelotti has made Everton a title rival

Jurgen Klopp believes Everton became Premier League challengers from the moment Carlo Ancelotti stepped through the doors at Goodison Park.

The Toffees are currently sitting pretty at the top of the league table following their 100 per cent start to the season. Everton have won all four of their opening top-flight fixtures for the first time since 1969.

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 26: Manager Carlo Ancelotti of Everton looks on during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Everton at Selhurst Park on September 26, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

Liverpool will make the short trip across Stanley Park still licking their wounds following the embarrassing 7-2 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa before the international break. Jurgen Klopp and his troops will hope to conjure up a response worthy of champions.

The German manager admitted he wasn’t at all surprised to see Everton back challenging at the top after three-time Champions League winner Ancelotti was brought into the Goodison Park hot-seat.

“Top team, top manager,” said the Reds told Premier League Productions. “What I think about Carlo Ancelotti was never a secret. I couldn’t respect him more as a person and as a coach. He’s a wonderful human being, to be honest.

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“I knew from the first day when I heard that he will sign for Everton, I thought ‘Ah, the next proper challenger in line’.

“Now I think they did perfect business in the summer. They found pretty much exactly the players they needed to improve an already pretty good football team. Together with being more used to what Carlo wants them to do makes them a pretty strong team.

“I’m really not surprised about the way they play.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JUNE 21: Carlo Ancelotti, Manager of Everton interacts with Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool after the Premier League match between Everton FC and Liverpool FC at Goodison Park on June 21, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Peter Powell/Pool via Getty Images)

What RTK has to say

Liverpool going into the game with their tail between their legs actually bodes well for Klopp as the Reds will be facing their local rivals with more than just a point to prove.

Recent Merseyside derbies on the opposite side of Anfield have been pretty dour affairs in recent seasons with the previous three encounters at Goodison all finishing goalless.

Regardless of how dominant the Reds have been in recent seasons, Goodison has been the shortest, but most unwelcome of trips.

Both teams have already shipped a combined 16 goals in their opening four matches so if we are to base this fixture off of the attacking evidence we have seen from both teams so far this season, a lack of goals shouldn’t be a problem come Saturday.

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