Derby day in Premier League was already eventful when Liverpool and Everton, the Merseyside rivals locked horns at Anfield. The Reds, chasing title glory, maintained an unbeaten streak so far in the league but suffered their third successive Champions League defeat on the road following a 2-1 surrender against Paris St-Germain this midweek.
In-form Everton were tipped to threaten Liverpool and they did not disappoint Liverpool, the hosts started the game brightly but struggled to break the defensive resilience of Marco Silva’s men. Sadio Mane failed to finish one-on-one whereas Xherdan Shaqiri was denied by Jordan Pickford from a close range. Everton, at the other end, had a couple of glorious opportunities when Andre Gomes almost broke the deadlock. He was first denied by Alisson from two yards out and the rebound was cleared off the line by Joe Gomez. The first-half ended scorelessly.
Liverpool kept on disappointing in the second half as Mane once again failed to finish his chances. Firmino misplaced many passes in the final third whereas Salah was well-contained by the Toffees centre-backs. But who though the would be having the most fascinating ending when a goalkeeping howler from Pickford allowed the Reds to score a winner in closing seconds. Divock Origi, the forgotten Liverpool forward, added the most crucial goal to stretch his scoring record in Merseyside derby and ensured all three points scripting a bizarre win.
Liverpool vs Everton Lineups:
Liverpool: Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum, Xherdan Shaqiri (Naby Keita 71′), Roberto Firmino (Divock Origi 84′), Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah (Daniel Sturridge 75′).
Everton: Jordan Pickford, Seamus Coleman, Michael Keane, Yerry Mina, Lucas Digne, Idrissa Gueye, Andre Gomes, Theo Walcott (Ademola Lookman 63′), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Kurt Zouma 90’+), Bernard (Dominic Calvert-Lewin 89′), Richarlison.
Liverpool vs Everton Highlights:
Liverpool vs Everton Match Stats:
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