Klopp Says Everton “A Proper Challenge”; Derby Ends Tied

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Jurgen Klopp described Everton as a “proper challenge” to reigning Premier League champions Liverpool ahead of the first Merseyside derby of the season – his assessment borne out by a 2-2- Derby thriller.

Everton hold a three-point lead at the top of the table after Carlo Ancelotti’s side won their opening four league games and aimed to end their ten-year wait for a derby win.

Klopp expects a stern examination from Everton, who have not finished higher than seventh since 2013-14, as Liverpool look to bounce back from their 7-2 defeat by Aston Villa before the international break.