High stakes as Tottenham takes on Arsenal

However, while Liverpool's attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have grabbed so many headlines over the past two seasons, it was Klopp's full-backs who took star billing in that win.

That was an indication not only of the excellent seasons being put in by both but also the evolution of Liverpool's play and the game in general.

March 2 (Reuters) - As Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League with a battling 1-0 win at Bournemouth on Saturday, the real drama came at Wembley where Tottenham Hotspur's 1-1 draw with Arsenal included two dubious penalties, one of which was saved, and a late sending-off.

According to Sky Sport sources, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp asked Mane, who plays more through the flanks to fill the vacuum created by recuperating points man Firmino.

A third of the league goals conceded by the Toffees this season have come from set-pieces and that area is viewed as one of weakness.

"It's important. That's modern football", Klopp said.

"You need to be ready in all departments". We did in some things but didn't quite have enough.

"But now hopefully we can get it back".

"It is something I am aware that I need to improve".

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk insists that he has his eye on scoring more goals for the club after netting twice in midweek, but claims that his first priority will always be to keep the ball out of his own net.

"But football has changed".

But it was seldom easy for City and manager Pep Guardiola was forced to replace Kevin De Bruyne and John Stones with muscle injuries that are particularly unwelcome with many important games coming up.

"In that game it was exceptional".

"I like it to be fair", he added about the hostile atmosphere at derby games. "Now let's try to do something like that again".

His 14-goal tally is his best in the league since arriving at Southampton from RB Salzburg in 2014.

"This was the flawless team to beat today and we knew before the game it was like a final", said Andone.

"Mix it up with his attitude and his work-rate, it can be a really decent career - even better than it was to now".

Liverpool are unbeaten in a record 16 derbies, have lost just one of the last 24 in the league and if they avoid defeat on Sunday they will set a club-record of eight games unbeaten in succession at Goodison.

  • Rosalie Stanley