Derby games can often be fast, frantic and feisty affairs, from time to time yielding plenty of goals. At times, the first three qualities were in abundance at Goodison Park on Monday night, yet there was little indication that this would replicate the six-goal thriller between the two on this ground a little over three years ago. As the game began to die down and drag tediously towards what seemed a goal-less conclusion, it would be visitors Liverpool that pounced at the eleventh hour, leaving their rivals from across Stanley Park with little to no time to mount a revival, and snatch a vital victory in their quest for the title.
The reaction of the Liverpool supporters in attendance demonstrated just how much Sadio Mané’s late winner meant, and it keeps the gap between themselves and leaders Chelsea to just six points. Here, we will go through some of the key facts and figures behind the late victory salvaged by Jurgen Klopp’s men…
94 minutes- Sadio Mané breaks Everton’s resistance
The timing of the summer signing’s strike gave Everton little to no time to respond and settled a scrappy Merseyside Derby in Liverpool’s favour. Despite Liverpool’s return to free-scoring form in the week, they had to work hard to shatter Everton’s stern rear-guard, buoyed by their recent triumph over Arsenal at Goodison, and it was a scrappy goal which epitomised just how the game went, but had that little touch of fortune that Liverpool needed.
Substitute Daniel Sturridge, back again after having spent more time on the sidelines, proved his worth by crafting this goal for his side, wriggling away on the edge of the box and angling a shot that trickled beyond substitute goalkeeper Joel Robles but came back off the upright, and Sadio Mané was the first to react, beating both Everton defenders to the ball to tap home with virtually the last kick of the game.
It is Liverpool’s fourth Premier League win over Everton thanks to a goal in the 90th minute or later, and they now have double the amount of stoppage-time victories against Everton than any other opponent.
Read on over the next few pages to see more key stats from the game.