Liverpool - Enner Valencia came off the bench to make a decisive impact as the
Ecuadoran striker inspired Everton's 3-0 win over Southampton on Monday.
Valencia hadn't scored a club goal since netting twice for West Ham against Manchester City in January 2016.
the 27-year-old was back on the scoresheet at Goodison Park as he
bagged his first goal in 12 appearances since joining on loan from West
Valencia's second-half strike was followed by late goals from
Leighton Baines and Romelu Lukaku, ensuring Everton manager Ronald
Koeman could savour a winning start to 2017 at the expense of his former
After Everton lost 1-0 on Koeman's first return to St
Mary's earlier this season, the Dutch coach condemned Southampton to a
third successive defeat that represented their worst losing run in the
league for more than two years.
It took Southampton just 41
seconds to score when they faced Everton in November, but the early
stages weren't so kind to them this time.
In the third minute
Saints right-back Cedric Soares was forced off after sustaining a nasty
gash to his head following a collision with an advertising board around
Everton midfielder Ross Barkley threatened to add to
Southampton's problems with a powerful strike that was pushed away by
Koeman had given a first start to 19-year-old
forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin, but his chance to impress was curtailed
by injury after just 11 minutes.
Jay Rodriguez went close twice in
quick succession with a snap shot pushed away by Everton goalkeeper
Joel Robles and then a powerful effort over the bar.
sides struggling to find any momentum after the interval, chances were
at a premium and even when Nathan Redmond was clean through he fired
straight at Robles after a rare menacing moment from Southampton.
came on for Aaron Lennon after 61 minutes and the Everton substitute
broke the deadlock 12 minutes later with a close-range finish after
Lukaku's header had been parried into his path by Forster.
second goal owed much to the threat posed by Valencia as he forced a
rash challenge from Saints defender Maya Yoshida in the 81st minute,
earning a penalty that Baines dispatched with typical efficiency.
sealed Everton's late goal blitz in the 89th minute when the Belgium
striker took a Tom Davies pass and blasted into the top corner.