Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp used the Merseyside derby matchday programme to thank Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman for the support he has shown to Sean Cox.

Cox suffered life-changing injuries in a savage assault outside Anfield last April, when two Roma fans attacked the 53-year-old Meathman ahead of the Champions League semi-final first leg.

Cox is making positive progress in his recovery but it's been a long, gruelling journey and he is still undergoing significant rehab.

A GoFundMe page set up to help with Cox's medical bills has raised over €400k, with Klopp and Coleman making contributions.

Coleman suffered derby heartache yesterday when Divock Origi nodded in a 96th-minute winner but before the game Klopp made a point of talking up the rivals' "shared values of community", thanking Coleman for his "solidarity". 

"I’d like to start these notes by thanking Seamus Coleman for the solidarity he has shown in supporting Sean Cox as he continues his long road to recovery from the injury he so tragically sustained while visiting Liverpool from Ireland to support our club in a football match," the German wrote.

"I know Seamus embodies the Everton spirit of wanting to beat LFC on the pitch as much as any player they have, but his actions in looking to help the Cox family demonstrates what the best qualities of the rivalry are.

"On the pitch fierce, off the pitch shared values of community."

Meanwhile Coleman has backed team-mate Jordan Pickford to win them more points than he loses after the England goalkeeper's howler against Liverpool.

Pickford failed to deal with Virgil Van Dijk's horribly-sliced effort, allowing it to bounce on top of the crossbar and then drop for  Origi to head in the winner from close range.

Up to that point the 24-year-old had done a decent-enough job of keeping the hosts at bay and Coleman insists his worth to the side will be evident over the long-term despite their derby-day disappointment.

"There's a little bit of disbelief, more so that it was a freak goal," Coleman said.

"It's a shanked ball back in by Van Dijk and it's a bit of a loopy, difficult one for Jordan.

"Unfortunately these things happen but it happened at the wrong time for us.

"It's not just one player, we all make mistakes. I've made mistakes this season, other players have, but it's always hard when a goalkeeper makes mistakes because it always gets noticed that little bit more.

"But Jordan has won us more points than he has lost us and that will be the case throughout the season.

"Jordan is a top player with a strong mentality and although it was not an ideal place for it to happen it has happened and he will move on."

Coleman insists, despite the result, Everton should take positives from the manner in which they played at Anfield, where they have not won since 1999.

He believes the strides they are making under manager Marco Silva can take them on to bigger and better things.

"The manager emphasised all week we play our game, we do our thing," he added.

"Obviously we needed to know how to stop them at times, which we have done, but it was about us trying to build from the back and trying to create chances.

"I think we did that and we probably should have scored a couple in the first half but we didn't and those are the fine margins at this level. You need to take those chances.

"But it is quite positive. It is enjoyable to be a player under this manager, he is always on the front foot, always demanding us to play forward and open our bodies up and hopefully the results against the top six will come this season."