In one of the tightest Merseyside derbies in recent years, Everton arrived to Anfield with a sense that they could upset the home side with their first win across Stanley Park in 18 years. When they left a few hours later, the only feeling for many Toffees fans was humiliation, having been thoroughly shown up by Jurgen Klopp’s side.
From the off Liverpool looked to threaten and it took Sadio Mane less than ten minutes to open the scoring, using his pace and skill to beat off competition and fire the ball home into the far corner of the net to give the home side the lead.
It wasn’t over there though, as one of the surprise selections by Ronald Koeman proved his worth, with Matthew Pennington pouncing upon a loose ball in the box as Liverpool once again showed their Achilles’ heel at a corner to allow the 22-year-old to draw the scores level.
Up stepped Philippe Coutinho only three minutes later to ensure that the scores remained tied for just three minutes as he produced an even more magical effort than Mane’s, making Everton’s defence look foolish before curling the ball into the far side of the net.
Substitute Divock Origi added a third after half-time to all but end the tie on the hour mark, firing home from distance past a helpless Joel Robles to ensure that it was Liverpool who left with the three points to move them into third place ahead of Manchester City until they face Arsenal.
Read on over the next few pages to see what we learnt from the clash…