Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his thoughts on Carlo Ancelotti were never a secret as he reinforced his great respect for the Everton coach.

Klopp’s reigning champions meanwhile will look to bounce back from a 7-2 defeat at the hands of AstonVilla when they travel to Goodison Park on Saturday.

The German coach has previously come up against Ancelotti in the Bundesliga and Champions League, withKlopp’s admiration for his counterpartclear for all to see.

“Top team, top manager. What I think about Carlo Ancelotti was never a secret,” Klopp told Premier League Productions. “I couldn’t respect him more as a person and as a coach. He’s a wonderful human being, to be honest.

“I knew from the first day when I heard that he will sign for Everton, I thought, ‘Ah, the next proper challenger in line.’

“Now I think they did perfect business in the summer. They found pretty much exactly the players they needed to improve an already pretty good football team. Together with being more used to what Carlo wants them to do makes them a pretty strong team.I’m really not surprised about the way they play.”

Recent Merseyside derbies at Goodison Park have generally been quite tight affairswith their previousmeeting at the ground ending 0-0 in June.

Klopp admits away games against the Toffees have been difficult in the past butis determined for his side to still approach them the right way.

“Of course it’s different but in the end, that’s one thing.It’s what you think in the morning of a derby day but then during the day you have to make sure that you do the right things again because the pure football things are not different to other games,” Klopp said.

“Now people will say, ‘try and do it different’ because we were not unbelievably successful at Goodison in the last few years – we didn’t lose a lot but we didn’t win a lot there, that’s true as well.

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