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A Twitter thread from a fan who attended Saturday’s Merseyside derby revealed the impact a member of Jurgen Klopp’s backroom team had in breaking down Everton’s resilience.

The Reds had to wait until the 75th minute to break the deadlock at Anfield when Mohamed Salah was substituted on the spot for a handball by Blues defender Michael Keane.

Sean Dyche’s side were reduced to 10 men just before the break when Ashley Young received a second yellow card for a challenge on Luis Diaz and Everton frustrated Liverpool by sitting deep after the break.

Assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders was praised for his role in finding the way for the Reds.

From behind the dugout showing his involvement on the touchline.
Diaz was brought on at left-back after the introduction of Darwin Nunez in the second period, which allowed Klopp to keep the Colombian on the pitch, with Nunez joining Diogo Jota and Salah in the front three. He was unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty for a foul on Nathan Patterson in the area, but Diaz won a spot-kick moments later when he lifted the ball onto the outstretched arm of Michael Keane.

Lijnders could be seen holding a lengthy dialogue with Klopp in the technical area before changes saw Ryan Gravenberch replace Harvey Elliott. LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND –

Wednesday 27 September 2023: Liverpooland#039 First Team Development Coach Pepijn Lijnders ahead of the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 3-1.

In the same Twitter thread, the manager could be seen warmly embracing his right arm towards the end of the match, emphasizing his gratitude for the role he played in getting the team over the top. Klopp explained after the match that Everton “didn’t have a full-back” on the right after losing a man in the first half, allowing the Reds to attack in Diaz’s flank.

The Liverpool boss joked the move wasn’t the “worst idea” given the No.7’s impact as his side picked up all three points from a game that could have slipped away from them.

There’s no guarantee we’ll ever see Diaz in that role again, but in this particular situation it was a tactical change that paid off for the Reds, who have won six of their nine league wins this season.

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