The roles in the Merseyside derby were clearly distributed from the start, the Reds played the match and Toffees defended themselves compactly and concentrated on quick transitions. It was precisely these that led to the first dangerous attacks, but Demarai Gray and Anthony Gordon were then unable to complete the counter-attacks (15/16.).
After a little more than 20 minutes, the Reds made their first good shot. Sadio Mané narrowly missed the right angle from 20 yards out (22 ‘), just a little later Diogo Jota shot just past the goal from 12 yards out (31’). The visitors ‘best chance came from Abdoulaye Doucouré, who after a conversion situation came to an end on the right in the penalty area, but shot just past the left (34’).
The initial phase of the second half clearly belonged to Toffees, who had various promising counter-situations within the first quarter. Gordon had the best chance in this phase, which was sent into the box with a chippas by Alex Iwobi, but missed the right corner (56th). Jürgen Klopp reacted to his team’s lack of improvement over the first round and made two substitutions. Newcomer Divock Origi shielded the ball well in the box and put up Mohamed Salah, who put in a cross for Andrew Robertson. The Scot then headed in for a somewhat lucky lead (62 ‘).
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In the final phase, only the Reds played. After Jordan Pickford initially made a wild outing from his box, he first made a strong save against Joel Matip and was so lucky that Salah shot just over the goal from 13 yards (66th). Then the Reds were lucky again when a shot from distance by Gray just missed the left corner (72 ‘). But the 2: 0 should also fall.
First, Pickford parried a rejected shot from Thiago very well, but then he had no chance in the following corner as Liverpool combined well in the sixteen with high balls and Origi headed in from five yards (85th).
The game’s voices
Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool Manager): Thank God he has played two halves. We did not play particularly well in the first half. They made it hard for us, we could not get behind on the last line. We did not get enough exercise. We were not fast enough. In the second half we were much more direct and gave them many more problems. The goals were fantastic. “
Frank Lampard (Everton coach): “We played well. Maybe the match will be different if we score the first goal, but with Liverpool there will always be quality moments. I can not ask for more from the players; we were smart for 60 minutes, but unfortunately the goal goes in and it is very difficult after that. “
Andrew Robertson (Liverpool): “We had to work properly. In the first half, we did not get the rhythm we wanted. Then they play a little in the hands, but in the second half we came out, played our own game and the first goal is always important. “Diaz has been unique since he came on, and Divock’s statistics against Everton are also unique – the moment he came in, his mood changed and I think everyone expected him to score.”
Anthony Gordon (Everton): “We can not criticize our commitment. It’s hard to get here. The plan was just to make life difficult for them. You are in really good shape. Go a little harder in the duels and take your chances, but we did not, and unfortunately the two goals scored more. […] We kept going. We stayed together. It was a good performance for most of the match, but they showed their quality in the end. “
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As a result, many attacks ran through winter newcomer Díaz, who even collected a score point in the end. Before that, however, Henderson was replaced in the 82nd minute, who also played an important role in 2-0. The captain put the ball over to the left post, where Díaz hit it with a remarkable side kick to Origi, who then only had to head in. Thus, all three Liverpool substitutes were directly involved in the second goal.
With 79 points, Liverpool are now 50 points ahead of Everton, who are deep into the relegation battle. It’s the biggest lead the Reds have ever had over the Toffees at the end of a game day. At the end of the 2019/20 season, there was also a difference of 50 points.
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