Why Jurgen Klopp’s record in early kickoffs presents a challenge for the Merseyside derby

 29 March 2017

Liverpool take on Everton at Anfield in a 12.30pm kickoff on Saturday, throwing up a familiar problem for Jurgen Klopp during his Reds career.

After another frustrating international break that has seen Adam Lallana return from England duty injured, Liverpool are back in action for a showpiece clash.

Having sealed a 1-0 win in the first Merseyside derby of the season at Goodison Park in December, the Reds take on their city rivals in a lunchtime kickoff on home turf.

This stands to be a major test of Klopp’s side in their quest for a top-four finish, and getting things going early only compounds that.

In 15 early kickoffs (up to 1.30pm) so far as Liverpool manager, Klopp has won just five, drawing three and, worryingly, losing seven—a 33 percent win ratio.

Adding to this weekend’s concern, the Reds are yet to win an early kickoff at Anfield, drawing once and losing twice in their three outings.

Away from home, the German has overseen five wins, two draws and five losses, further underlining an inconsistency when tasked with making the first move.

Those victories came against Chelsea, Norwich City, Crystal Palace and Bournemouth last season and Swansea City this term.

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