An early strike from Richarlison and a coolly taken penalty from Sigurdsson were enough to pick up three points from their local rivals on Saturday. A result that sees Everton win their first game at Anfield since 1999.
For the longest time, Liverpool FC have been the top-dog on Merseyside. With their recent Premier League and Champion’s League successes only cementing that view. However, noisy neighbours Everton have recorded a famous victory that will go some way towards strengthening their case of being the team of the moment on Merseyside.
Everton was the team that started the strongest of the two teams in this intense fixture. With the Toffee’s able to carve out a key opportunity inside the first three minutes. Columbian star James Rodriguez played a delicious through ball to his South American counterpart Richarlison, leaving him one on one with fellow countryman Alisson. In the reverse fixture, Richarlison was dismissed for his actions but one could only applaud what he did in this tie. He buried the chance in the bottom corner, leaving Liverpool one down mere minutes into the game.
The rest of the half would be much more closely contested, with Liverpool arguably being the better team throughout. Jordan Henderson went close with a spectacular volley on the edge of the box. However, Jordan Pickford saved smartly to his right, acting as the catalyst for an outstanding overall performance from the English shot-stopper.
The second half would see him deny two headed efforts by Sadio mane and a golden opportunity for Mohammed Salah. Building a platform for his teammates to see out the rest of the game.
In the final ten minutes, Everton managed to carve out a counter-attack which seen Dominic Calvert Lewin get in behind the Liverpool defence. The first attempt from Calvert Lewin was saved by Alisson. However, the follow-through of Trent Alexander-Arnold’s initial tackle brought down the in-form Everton striker, gifting Everton a controversial penalty and a golden opportunity to pick up their first Premier League win against Liverpool since 2010.
Gylfi Sigurdsson stepped up to the spot and calmly placed the ball to the keepers right, doubling Everton’s lead and sending them above Liverpool in the Premier League table as a result.
Changing of the Guard?
For Everton, this result not only sees them break a terrible run of form against their rivals in recent history. It also sees them pick up their eighth win in their last twelve Premier League fixtures. This form has seen them climb above Liverpool into the Champions League places and leaves Liverpool with a small mountain to climb to keep playing Champion’s League football next season. Especially with teams like Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham keen to climb above them.
Everton’s recent success has been down to very strong performances by Jordan Pickford, Dominic Calvert Lewin and Michael Keane. The English contingent present at Goodison has really helped see Everton mount a serious challenge on the top four this season and if Carlo’s men can maintain this form, Everton may finish in the top four for the first time since the 04/05 season. Liverpool fans may remember how that season ended.
Liverpool facing A Crisis?
Despite Liverpool delivering in Europe this week against Red Bull Leipzig, this game marks their fourth successive defeat in the Premier League. An unwanted stat that hasn’t occurred since 1923 for the reds. This has undoubtedly been caused by a laundry list of injuries that have only been added to with Jordan Henderson hobbling off at the weekend. However, many feel that there may be more factors at play here. Many feel that Klopp has lost his drive, many also feel that these players have lost their way, reached the end of their cycle or simply lack confidence. Then on top of that, the team simply aren’t scoring goals.
It seems unthinkable considering this team’s incredible 68 game unbeaten run at Anfield ended just last March. Yet the reality is, Liverpool need to change their fortunes fast, or they may need to rely on the same method as they used in 2004/05 to get European football next year. Who knows, stranger things have happened.
So that’s our news regarding Liverpool vs Everton at the weekend. What did you make of this match? Do you think Everton will get top four this year? Are Liverpool going to be able to turn it around in the coming weeks? Let us know in the comments section below and as always, thank you for watching.
By: Callum Marsha CruelFan.com