Not launching the strongest squad, Liverpool still beat Everton 5-2 in round 15 of the Premier League on December 4th.
Despite the importance of the Merseyside derby, coach Jurgen Klopp has left a series of pillars on the attack like Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to rest. Substitute factors such as Divock Origi or Xherdan Shaqiri did not betray Klopp’s belief, as he shone to help Liverpool decide the match in the first half.
In the 6th minute, the home team opened the scoring from a counterattack. Only Sadio Mane and Origi joined the ball, but two Liverpool players still combined to eliminate four Everton defenders and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. Mane poked at Origi to use the speed of the exit, removing Pickford and finishing on the empty goal.
Liverpool’s early goal opened the match. Everton, who is not good at defending, rushed to attack right at Anfield. In the first half only, the match saw 6 goals scored.
Sadio Mane, who ranked fourth in the 2019 Golden Ball poll, is the protagonist of the half. The Senegal striker continued to assist Shaqiri to score in the 16th minute, in a similar ball to the opener. And also from another counter attack at the end of the first half, Mane cut his left foot to get his own goal.
The remaining Liverpool table in the first 45 minutes was scored by Origi. The Belgian striker completed the double in the 31st minute, with a controlled and clever finish after a long pass by Dejan Lovren.
Everton finished 8 times in the first half and with the game as if he didn’t care about the score, the visitors scored two goals. Center-back Michael Keane took advantage of the confusion to reduce the score to 1-2 in the 21st minute, before Richarlison headed the goal in the last minute of injury time for the first half.
Losing 2-4 after the first half of the match, Everton continued to advance in the second half but could no longer sustain the attack. The students Marco Silva were lucky not to concede after Sadio Mane missed two situations facing from the quick start of the home team. But Pickford still has to go into the net to pick the ball once more. Georginio Wijnaldum fixed Liverpool’s score 5-2 with a cross shot in the 90th minute.
With 43 points after 15 rounds, Liverpool restored the 11-point gap with Man City. Jurgen Klopp’s teachers and students are eight points ahead of the second group of Leicester – the team won Watford 2-0 in this round. The victory over Everton helped Liverpool increase the unbeaten chain to 32 matches, breaking the unbeaten record that the team had set 31 years ago.