LIVERPOOL 3-1 Everton
Liverpool were victorious over their Merseyside rivals Everton. Premier League action at Anfield saw the Reds take all the points while the Blues had to leave with nothing gained from their visit to their hometown opponents.
Jurgen Klopp would need to use Lucas from the start due to limited squad selection, though he was at least put into a defensive midfield position more suited to his natural position than his previous appearances this season.
Currently attempting to get back to full fitness are Adam Lallana, Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson. The next month will see the battle for the return of these key players and it’s unsure who will get back to the starting 11 first though it wouldn’t happen in the Merseyside Derby.
Liverpool came out fighting with the squad they had and even took an early lead in this exciting fixture.
It would take the Reds only 8 minutes to open the scoring as Sadio Mané made his mark on the game as he completed a “1-2” pass with Roberto Firmino, then fired a beautiful shot past the Everton defenders, goalkeeper and right into the corner of the net. Liverpool 1-0 Everton
Everton would spend the next 20 minutes trying to respond with a goal of their own and would succeed at this endeavor eventually. Everton would win a corner around the 27th minute and it was the start of a very successful attack for the Blues. Ashley Williams was up there with Matthew Pennington, who had only just made his first starting appearance for the season in this very game. Regardless of his inexperience, Pennington found himself collecting the corner inside of the 6 yard box then firing home from close range to equalize as he put his name into the history books of Merseyside Derby goalscorers.
Liverpool 1-1 Everton
Still at least quarter of an hour to play in the first half and now, the scoreline was level. Liverpool had been dominating the flow of play but Everton managed to pull one back although their comeback was rather short-lived… 3 minutes, to be exact.
In the 30th minute, the ball would end up with Coutinho. He would rush forwards, shaking off our opponents to make himself some space, thundered past Everton defenders and perfectly curled a shot right past Robles and into the back of the net, making sure Liverpool had the lead once more.
Unfortunately for the youngster Pennington who had gotten a goal just minutes ago, he would also be the last Everton player to attempt a challenge for the ball as our Brazilian attacker would make sure his shot was not blocked on it’s path towards goal as he scored.
Liverpool 2-1 Everton
Liverpool took their lead to half time and beyond.
Everton had scored but one of their key players was simply not performing to his best. Romelu Lukaku was barely present and every time he had gotten the ball, he wasn’t even inside the Liverpool penalty area, statistics showed.
Liverpool’s defenders continued to pressure Lukaku and other Everton key players in the 2nd half as the game continued for yet another 45 minutes.
The game would heat up and have plenty of rough tackles around the pitch with Ross Barkley being one of the lucky ones to be roughing his opponents up while not being shown a Red Card for his challenges on the Liverpool players including Emre Can and Dejan Lovren. Another mistimed tackle saw Sadio Mané on the receiving end of a collision with Leighton Baines which would end up with Mané needing substitution off the pitch for the rest of the game. Brought on to replace his injured teammate would be Divock Origi and the replacement did very well. Once the free kick was taken, Coutinho’s pass would find Origi and the Belgian had only to rush past Ashley Williams and then shoot too high for Joel Robles to do anything about stopping his attempt to make it Liverpool 3-1 Everton just before the hour mark.
There was half an hour to go, but Liverpool seemed to have won the game already. Everton would not get another goal and Liverpool had only to keep defending their now two goal lead for the rest of the game to see them triumph over their rivals and claim the important win. Simon Mignolet was determined not to let any more past him and even though he did not manage to keep a clean sheet, not letting them have any more than their single consolation goal was enough to help us to the big win.
Man Of the Match
Coutinho wasn’t just on form, he was playing like he had been playing before he was injured at the end of 2016. Back to his best, pretty much. A part of everything that went on in the opponents defensive end of the pitch, he was both assisting and scoring goals in this game. You couldn’t have asked for more from him. The Magician was absolutely magic.
Liverpool move up the table to 3rd place for now (Man City have 2 games in hand to play which may push us back down again) but we’re due to play Bournemouth soon. Hope that City lose maybe? Walk on with hope on your hearts, Anfield Family. You’ll Never Walk Alone.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (more than 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.