LIVERPOOL VS EVERTON: 3-1
The Reds dominates Merseyside Derby with a win by 3-1. Mane, Coutinho and Origi made their mark in the match. Liverpool shows complete dominance in the field to enhance their prospects of a top- four places.
A fascinating start from Liverpool puts Everton on the back foot. It was Firmino who played a one-two with Mane who shrugged off the challenge from Davies to collect the ball and burst towards the box. Coutinho took two defenders towards the box. The match started as Liverpool backed their defence with their team line-up 4-3-3 whereas Everton wanted to attack with the 3-4-3 line-up. Overall both the Teams played an attacking form of soccer but it was Liverpool who showed their dominance in the entire match.
Everton after the defeat lost their hopes of breaking into the battle for Champions League qualifications spot were severely damaged by the defeat. It was Sadio Mane who gave the hosts an early lead when he played one-two Roberto Firmino and finished off an angled run with a shot into the far corner into the nets. The shot from Phillippe Coutinho was palmed up by Toffees keeper Joel Robles and headed off the line by Phil Jagielka before the visitors equalised. It was Jagielka who flicked the ball to the corner and at the near post, after which Ashley Williams managed to deflect it but then Mathew Pennington arrived at the right time to slot his first ever Everton goal on his first appearance of the season. However, it wasn’t the type of day Everton wanted as Coutinho beat two players and curled a shot into the top corner and Liverpool was on a lead with 2-1. Till the end of Halftime, it was Liverpool with a lead of 2-1 against Everton.
From the first whistle to last, there was gaucheness and a lack of composure to them that was perhaps best summed up by Ross Barkley, who will rue another big game he failed to dominate. The Reds scored another goal after halftime. Coutinho was again involved as he slipped a pass past Williams for Origi, whose shot was straight down the middle of the goal from the edge of the box, and somehow beat the keeper. Poor defensively from Everton and really poor from Robles. Liverpool knocked the ball around the with impunity, serenaded by their fans. It was Liverpool at the end that emerged victorious at the end of Full-Time with a score of 3-1. Once more the walk back across the Stanley Park will have felt like a long bleak march as the Liverpool with be able to taunt Everton in Playgrounds. It has been 18years now when Everton leaving without the joy.
- Mane, who scored the winner in the reverse fixtures, set the Reds on their way with his 13th goal of the season- but an injury in the second half will be a concern for Liverpool.
- Senegal winger Mane, Liverpool’s top scorer this season, hurt himself trying to win the ball off.
- Everton is seven points off the top four having played more matches than their rivals.