A routine performance from Liverpool ensured Everton’s wait for a win at Anfield continues for yet another year.
The derby was a heated affair but surprisingly no red cards left the pocket of Anthony Taylor. We saw four goals as Liverpool moved to third in the Premier League, ending Everton’s two game unbeaten streak.
@MarcusBanks7 takes us through his player ratings for the Reds…
Simon Mignolet – 7
Wasn’t called into action during the first half and could do little to prevent Everton’s goal following some poor defending. Made some smart stops during the second period including a low save after a deflection.
Nathaniel Clyne – 6
Gave the ball away too much in the first half and was far too negative. Improved in the second half but still looks lost for ideas in the final third. Needs to improve his crossing to be a real threat down Liverpool’s right.
Dejan Lovren – 8
Had Romelu Lukaku in his pocket in his first game since January. A truly exceptional defensive performance. Dominant in the air and made some key tackles including one to deny the Belgian a run on the Liverpool goal. Lost Ashley Williams for Everton’s goal but made up for his error with an assured second half performance.
Joel Matip – 8
Cleaned everything up after Dejan Lovren kept Lukaku at bay. Was confident in bringing the ball out of defence and didn’t put a foot wrong all game. Easily nullified Dominic Calvert-Lewin and oozed class throughout.
James Milner – 7
Didn’t stop running and gave Liverpool a good outlet on the left. Kept the ball well in times when Liverpool were under pressure but was sloppy in possession on other occasions. Another solid performance at left back from the 31-year-old.
Lucas Leiva – 10
The best player on the pitch in my opinion. Rumoured with an exit this summer but Lucas Leiva put in a performance for the ages. Interceptions, tackles, blocks, winning headers; his performance had it all. Lost Ross Barkley a few times but kept the England international under wraps for the majority. The deserving man of the match.
Emre Can – 8
Another much-improved performance from the German in a more advanced role usually occupied by Adam Lallana. Apart from some silly fouls, Can dominated the midfield and didn’t stop pressing when off the ball.
Georginio Wijnaldum – 7
Had an quiet first half, having just 25 touches of the ball. The Dutch international seemed tired but found his energy after the interval. Didn’t lose the ball and outclassed Everton’s midfielders. Kept running until the final whistle.
Sadio Mane – 8
Tracked back to help stop the threat of Leighton Baines and netted in back-to-back games against the Toffees with a fine low shot leaving Joel Robles stranded. Always looked threatening before leaving the field due to injury. Jurgen Klopp hopes to have him back after Wednesday’s game against Bournemouth.
Philippe Coutinho – 9
‘The Magician’ is back after some lacklustre performances. Everton couldn’t handle the Brazilian who caused problems all afternoon. Got Liverpool back in front with a superb finish after cutting through Everton’s defence like a knife through butter. Terrorised the Toffees with his trickery before finding Divock Origi for Liverpool’s third.
Roberto Firmino – 7
Not at his usual best but was still an important part of the team performance. His first-touch was exquisite and he linked up the play well. Moved out to the left and then the right as Mane and Coutinho departed but still gave Mason Holgate trouble.
Divock Origi – 8
Replaced the injured Mane but still gave the Everton defence problems. Should have pressed more than he did when Liverpool were under pressure but sealed the game with a powerful effort giving Joel no chance. Used his pace and power in the later stages to keep the ball and delighted the Kop with his performance off the bench.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7
Replaced Coutinho to give Nathaniel Clyne some support on the right but was utilised in a more offensive role. Provided width to stretch Everton’s tired legs and almost got himself on the scoresheet but his looping effort was palmed away.
Ragnar Klavan – N/A
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