Liverpool continued their imperious recent form with a 4-0 demolition derby win over Everton. Goals from Divock Origi, Mamadou Sakho, Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho ended the night in delight for The Reds supporters.
However, a potentially damaging leg injury to Origi ruined the mood inside Anfield who had given his team the lead on the stroke of half-time. Origi’s goal was followed by Sakho’s header, which virtually sealed the game given Everton’s poor first half.
Second half was to get even worse for Roberto Martinez who saw Funes-Mori receive a direct red card for his horror tackle on Origi. The Belgian had to be taken off on a stretcher and is a real doubt for Liverpool’s Europa League semi-final against Villarreal.
Despite Origi’s exit, Liverpool rallied and looked to get more goals. Their pressure brought about an error from John Stones, whose pass was intercepted by Lucas and 5 seconds later it ended in back of the net with Sturridge’s smart finish.
Philippe Coutinho made Everton’s night a forgettable one after his trademark goal, which curled its way to the far corner. This was Jurgen Klopp’s first derby win and could potentially turn out to be Martinez’s last Merseyside derby as the Everton manager.
Among all the positives from his first Merseyside win, Klopp would most certainly be impressed with how his players have bought in to his philosophies and are playing in the way he wants them to.
The cohesion we have witnessed among Liverpool players right now is a testimony to Klopp’s fine work at Anfield and that too in a very quick span of time. Give this team 12-18 months and we could be seeing at a potential Premier League winning side under their charismatic manager.
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