Jurgen Klopp revealed James Milner suffered a muscular problem in Liverpool's 1-0 FA Cup win over Everton and described the injury as "a big, big blow" for the Reds.

Milner, one of five recognised senior players in the Liverpool starting XI, left the field after just nine minutes of the Merseyside derby, which was settled by Curtis Jones' superb second-half goal.

The injury will see Milner join Naby Keita, Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri in the Liverpool treatment room, and leaves Klopp short of cover for Andy Robertson at left-back.

Debutant Yasser Larouci replaced Milner, who appeared to be holding his hamstring, and Klopp praised the 19-year-old defender along with the other young charges who impressed against an experienced Everton side.

Klopp told BBC Sport: "Millie [went] off, which is a big, big blow for us I have to say and it doesn't look too good, a muscle injury.

"But then Yasser coming on and just filling the role.

"It was an incredible game for us decided by a sensational goal from a Scouser. I cannot wish for more.

"It's just a really wonderful night, apart from Millie. The plan was not to play Millie in the last game. The plan was to play Naby but then Millie had to play and today he started again and now that [injury] happened, but we cannot change it."

Nat Phillips and Takumi Minamino made their Liverpool debuts in a team that also featured Neco Williams, Pedro Chirivella, Harvey Elliott and Jones - a quartet of players under the age of 23.

Klopp felt the performance and the result justified the decision not to send any of those who featured out on loan, praising their determination to force their way into his first-team plans.

"You cannot perform like the boys performed today if you think to yourself you should not play in that team," said Klopp. "They have to think that they are ready.

"None of these kids are fine being sent back to the under-23s, but if they were out on loan somewhere that they would maybe play more they would not be here tonight and we would not have a team actually.

"It's already clear they are good enough. What you have to show is respecting our principles. Counter-press is not a proposal; it's the law. And they played brave football.

"Unbelievable performances tonight from the kids but from the adults as well."

Curtis Jones revealed he had been frustrated by a lack of first-team opportunities at Liverpool before scoring an incredible Merseyside derby winner at Anfield.

Teenage midfielder Jones was playing for the fourth time this season for the European and world champions, who are 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League with a game in hand.

With plenty of competition for places in the Liverpool team, Merseyside-born Jones has found the lack of regular action tough.

He certainly took his opportunity on Sunday, though, scoring the only goal in a 1-0 FA Cup third-round win over Everton, beating England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford from 20 yards in spectacular fashion.

"I just go out there and try to play my game," Jones told BBC Sport. "I've had a bit of a tough time - maybe not tough, but frustrating at times.

"Being on the bench, I got a bit of a taste and then I'm on the bench again. There's times where in my head I'm begging to come on.

"I just tried to go out there and show what I'm capable of doing. Hopefully, I've topped that off with a good performance and, as everyone would say, a great goal."

Adam Lallana, captain after James Milner's withdrawal through injury early on, had sympathy for Jones but reminded his midfield colleague he was "playing for the best team in the world".

Lallana said: "[The youngsters] have been absolutely brilliant this season, their performances in training and games like this.

"It's frustrating at times for them because they obviously want to play.

"It's times like this that they get the opportunity to show what they're capable of. As the manager's said, they're more than ready to play.

"It's frustrating because they're playing for the best team in the world. That's a fact.

"They're training with us day in and day out, and I'm delighted [Jones] took his opportunity - as did everyone else."

Jones added of his emotions: "I can't really [describe it]. For me, it's huge just being around these [players] every day and learning from the experienced ones, the ones that have had a great career.

"There's world-class players in our team, as you can see, and I learn every day. I think it showed out on the pitch."

Curtis Jones netted an outstanding first senior goal to carry a youthful Liverpool side to an impressive 1-0 Merseyside derby victory over Everton in the third round of the FA Cup at Anfield.

Top of the Premier League and through to the last 16 of the Champions League, Liverpool appeared to be prioritising their other commitments until Jones came to the fore.

Jurgen Klopp included new signing Takumi Minamino among a clutch of established names at Anfield but largely put his faith in young stars, who held their own admirably against an experienced Everton outfit.

Adrian was required to make a string of saves in the first half, before the hosts took control of the second period and scored in stunning fashion through 18-year-old Jones with 19 minutes to play, extending Everton's wait for a win at their bitter rivals that stretches back to 1999.

Carlo Ancelotti's side should have led early on but Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Mason Holgate and Richarlison all shot too close to Adrian, who reacted instinctively on each occasion, while stand-in Liverpool captain James Milner was injured in attempting to prevent the first opening.

Although Jordan Pickford dived into a stunning, stretching save from Divock Origi shortly before the break, the striker appeared to be stood in an offside position, meaning the VAR would have intervened.

Liverpool stayed patient in pursuit of an opener following a strong start to the second period and their moment came when Jones traded passes with Origi 20 yards from goal and whipped a sensational, curling effort over the scrambling Pickford.

The England goalkeeper, who had saved from Origi moments earlier, was quickly worked again by substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as Everton struggled to find a response.

Inevitable late pressure followed, but Liverpool held firm for a win that dealt a blow to Ancelotti in the early stages of his Everton tenure.

Takumi Minamino is set to make his Liverpool debut in Sunday's FA Cup clash with Merseyside neighbours Everton after being named in a youthful starting XI.

In the standout third-round tie of the day, Liverpool host their local rivals at Anfield and Jurgen Klopp has made the most of the opportunity to rest key players, as he had previously suggested.

But among those to profit is new signing Minamino, who joined at the start of the month following a reported £7.25million move from Austrian side Salzburg.

The Japan international had impressed in two Champions League matches for Salzburg against the Reds in the first half of the season, scoring in the 4-3 defeat to Klopp's men in October.

He was ineligible to feature in Liverpool's 2-0 win over Sheffield United on January 2, but following confirmation of his registration, the 24-year-old comes straight into a starting XI that does not include Roberto Firmino, Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane.

Nathaniel Phillips, Neco Williams, Pedro Chirivella, Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott and Divock Origi get rare starts for the Reds, while Everton have named a line-up almost at full-strength in Carlo Ancelotti's first Merseyside derby.

Richarlison, Theo Walcott and the in-form Dominic Calvert-Lewin lead the line, while Mason Holgate keeps his place at the back alongside Yerry Mina, with Michael Keane still benched.

Jurgen Klopp feels Carlo Ancelotti's arrival at Everton makes them "more dangerous" opponents for Liverpool despite the latter's strong record in the Merseyside derby.

Sunday's game at Anfield is the tie of the third round, with Ancelotti - who missed out on the Liverpool job to Klopp in 2015 - set for his first experience of the famous fixture.

Klopp and Ancelotti have faced off a number of times during their managerial careers, including in the Champions League group stage in each of the past two seasons.

Liverpool only won one of their four meetings with Ancelotti's Napoli in the competition, losing twice, while Real Madrid knocked out Klopp's Borussia Dortmund under the Italian's leadership en route to Champions League glory in 2013-14.

Ancelotti has led Everton to two wins from three Premier League games since replacing Marco Silva, though Duncan Ferguson helped to stabilise the club during his time in caretaker charge.

And Klopp is looking forward to taking on three-time Champions League winner Ancelotti again.

"Carlo being back in the English game is so cool for the competitions and even cooler for Everton," Klopp wrote in his column for Liverpool's official matchday programme ahead of Sunday's clash. 

"I'm not sure if I'm doing either of us any favours by saying this, but in football terms, I really do consider him a friend. Such an amazing person and just so generous in spirit and personality.

"He's won all there is to win, as a player and coach, and yet remains chilled and humble. He is a benchmark for those of us working in the game today on how to conduct yourself.

"His impact at Everton is already being felt – we can see this from our analysis. He has been clever in picking up on the positivity of approach injected by Duncan Ferguson.

"Everton are always a difficult opponent for us because of the positive emotion they bring into this derby game. Under Carlo, with his experience, I think they have become even more dangerous.

"But to be honest, I love this. I think it adds to the occasion. My players have just as much desire and belief going into this game. We want to win it with all we have.

"We see the game as [an] opportunity. We know what our supporters expect. No Liverpool side can ever have less desire than the opponent – this is not allowed."

Ancelotti faces a difficult task with Everton last enjoying a victory over Liverpool at Anfield in 1999.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin said it is "privilege" to work with Carlo Ancelotti in an "unbelievable time" for Everton with the Italian in charge.

Ancelotti took over as manager before Christmas after Marco Silva was sacked early in December following a dismal Merseyside derby defeat which left the club in the Premier League relegation zone.

Everton face another trip to Anfield on Sunday, with runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool their opponents in the third round of the FA Cup.

The Toffees won their first two matches under Ancelotti before going down 2-1 to Manchester City on New Year's Day and Calvert-Lewin is thrilled to play under a manager of Ancelotti's calibre.

"He is one of biggest managers in the world and as a young kid growing up you saw him on TV working at some of biggest clubs," the striker, who scored three goals in Ancelotti's first two games at the helm, told BBC Sport.

"To have him here now, when you first see him you are little taken aback. He has a presence about him. That is just from the man he is and what he has done in football.

"To be working with him on a daily basis is a privilege. He is a man who knows how to win things and knows how to work with great players.

"As a club these are exciting times. To have a manager to have done what he has done in the game, you can't be anything but excited.

"It is an unbelievable time to be an Everton fan and an Everton player. I am looking forward to what the future holds."

Everton last won a Merseyside derby in 2010, and have not beat their local rivals at Anfield since September 1999, but Calvert-Lewin is hoping to change that dismal record this weekend.

"We want to be the first to make it happen and change that," Calvert-Lewin added.

Joe Gomez insists Liverpool's "hungry" players are desperate to play in Sunday's FA Cup third-round tie with Everton, despite their congested fixture list.

Jurgen Klopp's side head into the second Merseyside derby of the season at Anfield on the back of 11 matches in 33 days, 10 of those ending in victory.

The gruelling run has taken its toll, with Naby Keita joining Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip, Fabinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Xherdan Shaqiri on the sidelines.

Klopp may be forced to use either Virgil van Dijk or Gomez at centre-back against Everton, but the latter is more than happy to put his body on the line.

"For me, I love every derby and it is a special game, every time," he told reporters. "Regardless of whether it is a Premier League game or not, we go into it looking to win and I think that is self-explanatory. 

"That is something that we look forward to and whatever will be will be. Everyone wants to play.

"I think if you asked everyone in the dressing room they all have that desire to play every game and I think that is what is important for us in this team. There is a real hunger and you feel it.

"There is no: 'oh I want to play this game and chill that one'. I think that shows and that is why when everyone comes in, the lads are playing well. They are really participating and helping the team.

"There is no telling what the gaffer will do, but we are used to the quick turnaround now and with four days it was one more [day off] so it was nice to get that extra day of recovery.

"At the same time, we want to win things, and it is the Merseyside derby and we never want to lose that so we just take it one game at a time and just keep it going."

Gomez recently returned to the side and has helped Liverpool to five successive clean sheets in the Premier League alongside central-defensive partner Van Dijk.

"I am just taking it a game at a time," he said. "It is obviously nice to get momentum when you play games but I think the main thing is just to keep focus and take it one game at a time.

"We are in a good place and it is a joy to be a part of this team. I think everyone will just keep pushing and plugging away and we just have to keep pushing as a team and as individuals.

"I think in the dressing room as well, there are so many that are leaders and are keeping everyone on the straight and narrow. That is the focus - one game at a time.

"Obviously, I am enjoying playing and getting some momentum. I get on well with Virg and we enjoy playing together.

"I think as a unit, as a team, it is nice to be a part of it and get a run of games, so I am not dwelling on that, I just keep plugging away."

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has admitted Liverpool chose wisely when they rejected him in favour of making Jurgen Klopp manager in 2015.

Ancelotti, 60, will experience his first Merseyside derby in an FA Cup third-round tie at Anfield on Sunday.

The experienced Italian could have been on the other side of the divide had Liverpool selected him as Brendan Rodgers' successor just over four years ago.

Ancelotti held talks with the Reds but conceded they were right to appoint Klopp, who has led the club to Champions League glory and a commanding position atop the Premier League.

"It was after [leaving] Real Madrid, I had a chat with the owner," Ancelotti told a news conference.

"They were looking for a new manager but I think they made the right choice with Jurgen. He is doing fantastic work at Liverpool, so well done. He has created a fantastic team and fantastic players.

"They are, in this moment, in a really good shape, really good condition, but we must not think a lot about the opponent."

Everton last visited Liverpool in December and lost 5-2, a result that proved the end for Marco Silva.

The Toffees have not won at Anfield in any competition since 1999, but Ancelotti got the better of Klopp in a Champions League encounter while in charge of Napoli earlier this season and hopes to deliver an upset for his new club's supporters.

"I know how Evertonians would like this and we have the same dream, to beat Liverpool at Anfield," he said.

"It is a dream for us and an opportunity, so we will try. Usually there is a big rivalry when you have two teams in the same city. It was the same in Milan and Rome when I was there and I know how the supporters are excited to beat their rival."

Liverpool must capitalise on their home advantage in Sunday's FA Cup derby because Everton are "on fire" under Carlo Ancelotti, according to Jurgen Klopp.

Anfield will stage a touchline battle between Klopp and Ancelotti for the second time in six weeks after the Italian visited in the Champions League in his previous guise as head coach of Napoli.

The spoils were shared that night, with Liverpool coming from behind to earn a 1-1 draw, but Ancelotti was soon ousted from the troubled Serie A club.

Everton offered the former AC Milan, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich boss a rapid return to the game, and wins over Burnley and Newcastle gave Ancelotti a positive start.

A narrow defeat to Manchester City followed, but Klopp senses there is a revival under way with Liverpool's neighbours.

"They are obviously on fire and no surprise and we have to be sure we are ready for that," Klopp said.

"We need the crowd. That's the only advantage we have in this cup game. There's no favourite. There's just two teams who play each other, in this case two teams from the same city. It's a derby; it's a big one.

"The only advantage we have is it's in our stadium, so let's use that and give everything – that's the plan."

The third-round tussle follows in the wake of Klopp's team completing a full year unbeaten in the Premier League, confirming that feat with Thursday's 2-0 victory over Sheffield United at Anfield.

However, they fell to Wolves at this stage of the FA Cup last season, and with Klopp likely to delve into his squad resources to give several first-team regulars a break, Everton may sense a chance to spring another upset.

Certainly, Klopp is not blind to the quality Everton possess. Ancelotti is a former FA Cup winner too, in his time at Chelsea.

"Carlo Ancelotti is one of the smartest people I ever met and he wouldn't have taken the job if he didn't have a good squad," Klopp said.

"We were always convinced that the Everton squad is good, it's really, really good. They invested in a few years really a lot in the transfer market.

"They brought in really good players and it didn't work out for some reason. But the combination of a good manager and a good squad helps from time to time in football. Carlo is obviously somebody who can lift a group in the moment when he enters the room."

Klopp's starting XI may be largely unrecognisable from recent Premier League line-ups, the German determined to take rational decisions rather than emotional judgements at a time when some of his players are due a break.

"We respect them as you imagine, we respect the competition, we respect what the people want us to achieve because that's a very important part of it, but I cannot do things because of the name of the opponent," he said.

Young striker Rhian Brewster, linked with a loan move away from Liverpool, will be in the Reds' squad, and there could be a part to play for Takumi Minamino after his arrival from Salzburg.

Klopp reported Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Dejan Lovren and Fabinho are all making good progress as they recover from injuries.

Jurgen Klopp urged English football to get its priorities right as he questioned the "incredible" possibility of Liverpool having to play an FA Cup third-round replay.

The Club World Cup champions have emerged from a packed December, in which they had little choice but to feel a young reserve team against Aston Villa in the EFL Cup quarter-finals, with a healthy lead at the top of the Premier League firmly intact.

And although the prospect of Sunday's FA Cup derby with Everton is one that excites Klopp, he is desperate for the tie to be settled at the first attempt.

The prospect of a second game to resolve who reaches round four has left Klopp confounded.

"There is the threat of a potential replay which is incredible, which is absolutely incredible. Whatever the FA has to say about that, that's incredible," Klopp said at a pre-match news conference.

"People told me already a couple of times that I wouldn't respect cup competitions and stuff like that. That's not true. My first job is to respect the players, my absolutely number one job."

He added: "I don't think the Premier League or the FA or the Football League is in any doubt about my opinion. I just do it because I think somebody has to speak for the players. That's my only concern. It's not one second about me.

"I enjoy each game but there are still things to improve. People always say, if you change something in a competition you kill tradition or whatever."

Klopp wants all parties to sit down and consider the impact of a heavy fixture load on modern footballers.

He pointed to Newcastle United losing four players to injury against Leicester City on New Year's Day as proof footballers have a limit to which they can be pushed.

"Sport science and sport medicine is in a good place," Klopp said. "But they cannot do miracles and we cannot have 30-40 player squads, it's not possible."

Considering what might be done next, the German explained: "The solution is to bring all these people together – and the TV [broadcasters]. People always say we only get the money we get because of the number of games. I don't see that – I think that like always in life, it's about quality rather than quantity.

"I really think all these, plus TV, come together, speak and try to think one time in all these negotiations about the players.

"The problem is the real football people, like managers, are not involved in these talks.

"If they need me in the discussions, I’ll go there, if I find time between the games."

Asked who should bring such talks together, an animated Klopp said: "We're talking about English football players as well, so I say the FA."

Mikel Arteta claimed his first win as Arsenal head coach against Manchester United on New Year's Day.

The end of a hectic spell of Premier League fixtures brought some belated joy for Arteta and Arsenal in a 2-0 home victory.

A fine day for the Gunners also saw rivals Tottenham beaten, but Manchester City and Liverpool made no mistake at the top.

We review the key midweek top-flight matches with the help of Opta data.


INGS AND SAINTS PREY ON LEAKY SPURS

Danny Ings is a man in top form and his goal on Wednesday - a ninth in his past nine Premier League starts - saw Southampton to a 1-0 win over Tottenham at St Mary's Stadium.

Only Jamie Vardy (17) can better Ings' tally of 13 league goals this term, while the former Liverpool man has scored eight times against 'top-six' sides since the start of last season - second only to Sergio Aguero (nine).

His goal meant Spurs have still only kept one clean sheet under Jose Mourinho in all competitions 11 games into his reign.

Tottenham lost their first league game of a calendar year for the first time since 2009, while Southampton are on the up, having won three of their past five home matches in the competition.

JESUS DOWNS FAVOURED FOES EVERTON

Manchester City maintained their recent dominance of Everton with a 2-1 win at Etihad Stadium, winning five consecutive league matches against the Toffees for the first time.

The champions also got the better of Carlo Ancelotti for a fourth time in the Premier League. He has lost to City more times than any other team in the competition.

Gabriel Jesus grabbed both City goals and now has seven against Everton - all of them coming in his past five league games - while he has been directly involved in 69 goals in his 75 starts for the club in all competitions.

With Richarlison responding for Everton to set up a tense finish, this became just the fourth match in Premier League history to see a Brazilian score for either side (excluding own goals).

ARTETA'S ARSENAL END WINLESS HOME RUN

After seven home games without a win in all competitions since beating Vitoria SC in October, Arsenal belatedly got the better of United.

In a further sign of the Gunners' struggles this term, this was their first win against a team currently in the top half in the Premier League in 2019-20, drawing four and losing five of their previous nine.

Nicolas Pepe and Sokratis Papastathopoulos got the goals, making Arteta the seventh Premier League boss to claim their first victory in the competition against United.

Defeat perhaps came as little surprise to the Red Devils, as they have a miserable recent record at Emirates Stadium, losing on four of their past five league visits.

RELENTLESS REDS RECORD ANOTHER WIN

There looks to be no stopping Liverpool, who moved on to 58 points after just 20 Premier League games this season with a 2-0 home victory over Sheffield United. Adjusting to three points for a win, the only team in top-flight history to match that outstanding tally were Manchester City in 2017-18 (also 58).

The Reds scored in a 29th consecutive Premier League game - the third-longest run in competition history - as Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane found the net, the latter registering his 100th goal involvement for the club in all competitions (74 goals, 26 assists in 151 appearances).

Mane has 25 league goals at Anfield since the start of last season, with only Lionel Messi (29 at Camp Nou) and Kylian Mbappe (27 at the Parc des Princes) netting more at a specific stadium in that time.

Liverpool condemned the Blades to back-to-back league defeats for the first time since they lost their first two Championship matches in 2018-19.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson insisted he was unfazed about potentially breaking a record set by Arsenal's 'Invincibles'.

Jurgen Klopp's men continued their Premier League dominance with a comfortable 2-0 win over Sheffield United at Anfield on Thursday.

Liverpool are 13 points clear at the top, having won 19 and drawn one of their 20 league games this season, and are unbeaten in the Premier League since January 3 last year.

Nearing the record of 49 straight Premier League games unbeaten set by the Arsenal 'Invincibles', with Liverpool reaching 37, Henderson said it was not something he was worried about.

"I'm not really bothered about that, I'm bothered about the next game, the next challenge and not look too far ahead," he told BT Sport.

"Then, we'll see where that takes us come May."

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane scored in the win over Sheffield United, who managed just three shots against Liverpool.

But Henderson said his side, who host Everton in the FA Cup third round on Sunday, could still get better.

"I still think we can improve. Last 10-15 [minutes] they had a good chance so we can't afford to give teams them chances," he said.

"There's still room for improvement but overall I thought the boys were excellent, the intensity was really good, especially with the amount of games over the Christmas period like everyone.

"But we've coped really well and we need to recover well for the derby on Sunday."

Jordan Henderson's performance in Liverpool's 2-0 win over Sheffield United on Thursday left Jurgen Klopp thrilled, the German lauding him as "absolutely incredible".

Liverpool were comfortable winners at Anfield, with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane getting the goals in either half.

The victory allows Liverpool's unbeaten run to surpass a full year, as their most recent Premier League loss came on January 3, 2019 – they are next in top-flight action on January 11.

Yet, it was the performance of Henderson that provoked the most excitable response from Klopp in his post-match news conference.

The midfielder made four key passes, completed 92 per cent of his 131 passes and gained possession 12 times, seeing him continue a strong run of form.

"First of all, hopefully it stays like this," Klopp told reporters when asked about Henderson's recent performances.

"Yes, he's exceptional. Yes, he's outstanding. Gini [Georginio Wijnaldum] and Hendo [Henderson], because they had the biggest number of games, what they have played there is just incredible, absolutely incredible.

"I don't take that for granted one second. If anybody who is with us doesn't see the quality of Jordan Henderson, I can't help.

"Is Hendo the perfect player? No. Do I know anybody who is? No. Is he unbelievably important to us? Yes.

"He didn't like the position, number six, when he saw how good Fabinho is. I asked him, two or three weeks ago, when he played already exceptional in the position, 'You don't like the position, right?'

"He was laughing. Before that he played centre-half. I don't know exactly what Gareth Southgate [England manager] is now doing with him, which position he will play there, but there are a few options obviously.

"You see it in life, that character and mentality helps always and in this case especially. For me it's only difficult to speak about one person positively because I always feel I have to mention all the others as well. I don't take it for granted for one second."

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Naby Keita will miss Sunday's FA Cup clash with Merseyside rivals Everton due to a groin injury he suffered before Thursday's 2-0 win over Sheffield United.

Keita was initially named in the starting XI to face the Blades in the Premier League, but a problem sustained in the warm-up forced him to miss out, with James Milner taking his place in the midfield.

It is the latest in a long list of niggling fitness problems the Guinea midfielder has had to endure since moving from RB Leipzig, and the 24-year-old has only made five Premier League appearances this term.

He now appears set for another spell on the sidelines, though Klopp was uncertain of the severity of the injury or even how it was sustained.

"I don't know exactly what he has – it was the groin – but I can say already he will not be involved against Everton," Klopp told reporters.

"That makes it 12 adult players we have [available], plus the kids, so that's not cool, but we cannot change it.

"I have no clue how it happened, I think it was the last shot in the warm-up when he felt something. He came in [the dressing room] and was limping.

"Everybody who has played football has had this kind of injury and it's not nice, it's painful. I don't know exactly what it is or how long it will take, but I can say already he will not be ready for Sunday."

After Sunday's Merseyside derby, Liverpool are next in Premier League action on January 11 at Tottenham.

Jurgen Klopp described Liverpool's accomplishment of going a year without defeat in the Premier League as "exceptional" following the Reds' 2-0 win over Sheffield United on Thursday.

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane got the goals for the Reds, who were dominant throughout at Anfield having opened the scoring in the fourth minute.

The victory means Liverpool will have passed a year unbeaten in the top flight by the time they are next in action on January 11, with their last defeat being a 2-1 loss to Manchester City on January 3, 2019.

Only two Premier League sides have ever enjoyed longer unbeaten runs in the league and Liverpool appear destined to claim their first top-flight crown in 30 years this term.

"It says a lot of positive things. I have not enough words for it, it is exceptional," he told BT Sport.

"We did not think about one year, 365 days or whatever, tonight. We thought about winning this game, that was the target and how it always was.

"The boys were 100 per cent focused, that's the important stuff. Keep this game unspectacular, that was the plan.

"Our New Year starts at the end of May, so we have season resolutions, not New Year resolutions."

The result restored Liverpool's lead at the top to 13 points and opposing manager Chris Wilder spoke of his admiration for them after the match, while also suggesting goalkeeper Dean Henderson was the only Blades player who did not under-perform.

"I wish Jurgen all best. I love everything about them. The physical and mental part of it is amazing," he said, before turning his attentions back to United.

"It was really below par performance, apart from the goalkeeper, he made two or three great saves and kept us in it.

"We had one or two chances but it was a really below-par performance. When you come into the Premier League you do expect one of these performances, so for it to be in our 20th or 21st game and it be the first time it has happened, I can take a little bit of comfort from that."

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