Liverpool - Liverpool humiliated 10-man
Everton in the 226th Merseyside derby as goals from Divock Origi, Mamadou
Sakho, Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho secured a 4-0 victory on
The two first-half headers from Origi and
Sakho were brilliantly taken in an entertaining clash that saw Everton's woeful
record at Anfield continue, a situation not helped by Ramiro Funes Mori's
straight red card for a dreadful tackle on Origi in the 50th minute.
Shortly after, Sturridge slotted past Joel
Robles to add a third goal for the home side before Coutinho's wonderful strike
with 14 minutes left capped off another woeful Everton defensive display.
Liverpool climbed one place to seventh in
the Premier League, while Everton, without a win in seven games, remain 11th.
The omens were not good for Everton - and
so it was to prove - as Anfield has not been a successful venue for them in
recent years, with the club failing to win on the other side of Stanley Park
With an FA Cup semi-final against
Manchester United to follow on Saturday, it must have been tempting for Everton
manager Roberto Martinez to rest his key players, but he went all-out as the
likes of Leighton Baines, Aaron Lennon and Gareth Barry returned to his
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp more than
matched Martinez, changing nine players from the win over Bournemouth at the
weekend, and most notably he opted to start the match with the in-form Origi,
rather than Sturridge, up front.
In the end, both players made their mark in
a game where Liverpool were simply too good for their opponents.
The match had a typically boisterous
opening as both sides tried to make their mark on the occasion.
Liverpool had the first real chance as Adam
Lallana squandered a glorious chance after just five minutes.
A woeful Bryan Oviedo pass went skywards
and landed at the feet of Coutinho, who put Lallana clean through on goal, but
Everton goalkeeper Robles did superbly to stand his ground and block the
Liverpool continued to press the visitors
as Everton seemed determined to hit them on the counter-attack rather than take
the game to the home side.
A Kevin Mirallas effort from 20 yards
curled over the crossbar as Everton finally threatened and he then blazed over
from the same distance soon after.
The first goal could conceivably have come
from either side as last-ditch tackles were required from both teams in order
to keep it goalless.
Firstly, Sakho did brilliantly to thwart
Romelu Lukaku from just four yards out, before John Stones threw himself in the
way of Lallana at the other end.
Everton then had Robles to thank again as
Roberto Firmino's effort cannoned back off his legs.
But Liverpool inched their way into a
dominant position as they started to hold onto the ball for longer periods and
after 43 minutes they finally got a deserved goal.
James Milner bided his time on the right
wing and then delivered a perfect left-foot cross that Origi powerfully nodded
The goal sent Anfield crazy and Sakho
raised the volume level further in first-half injury time after Milner had
again made all the difference, but this time from the left.
Everton's defence again stood still,
allowing Milner to reach the byline and cross, and Sakho's powerful header gave
Robles no chance.
Five minutes after the re-start, Funes Mori
lunged in on Origi and caught him high on the ankle, leading to his instant
Liverpool never looked back as Sturridge
used the extra space to beat Robles from eight yards out.
It got worse for Everton as Coutinho rifled
home from the edge of the box and although there were no more goals, the score
line was brutal enough to ensure that the bragging rights comprehensively went
to the home side.