Liverpool striker Divock Origi loves a Merseyside derby and his two targets in a 5-2 win could properly have spelled the top for beleaguered Everton supervisor Marco Silva.
Whereas Jurgen Klopp’s aspect maintained their eight-point lead on the prime of the Premier League with a 14th victory in 15 matches, the Toffees slipped into the underside three as their winless run at Anfield prolonged past 20 years.
Origi, final yr’s late hero, took his tally to 5 targets in 4 Anfield derbies and, with shock inclusion Xherdan Shaqiri and Sadio Mane additionally on the scoresheet, replies from Michael Keane and Richarlison made it the highest-scoring half within the historical past of contests between these two.
The second half couldn’t match these heights however Georginio Wijnaldum’s 90th-minute strike despatched Everton followers streaming for the exit with chants of “taking place” and “Liverpool, prime of the league” ringing of their ears.
Klopp sprang a shock by leaving out Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino and handing a primary Premier League begin since January 30 to Shaqiri, who had performed simply 25 minutes of soccer this season due to a calf harm.
Whereas it was undoubtedly a second-string assault it was the identical entrance three which featured within the 4-Zero Champions League semi-final second-leg win over Barcelona in Might – and Origi definitely took inspiration.
With Southampton successful by the point the sport kicked off at 8.15pm, Everton had already dropped into the underside three earlier than proceedings bought underneath means.
It took six minutes for his or her distress to extend as Mane’s good through-ball noticed Origi take out Keane and Yerry Mina, two of three centre-backs, and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with one contact earlier than rolling a shot into an empty web.
He simply loves an enormous recreation doesn’t he pic.twitter.com/ZDwnodZqFE
— Andy Robertson (@andrewrobertso5) December 4, 2019
The standard of the Liverpool targets saved getting higher, nonetheless, and when a raking crossfield diagonal from Trent Alexander-Arnold picked out Mane he minimize inside and rolled a cute reverse go into the trail of Shaqiri who clipped house.
It appeared Everton had been about to self-destruct with Tom Davies and Keane, and Djibril Sidibe and Mason Holgate, arguing with one another.
They put apart these squabbles to tug one again when Keane scored from shut vary after Dejan Lovren didn’t adequately take care of Alex Iwobi’s cross, making certain a 12th house recreation with no clear sheet for Klopp’s aspect.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin felt he ought to have had a penalty when he was pressured to fireplace into the side-netting underneath strain from Virgil Van Dijk, whereas the derby really feel was additional enhanced with Andy Robertson catching Davies within the head.
Mane’s penalty claims had been waved away after a problem by Sidibe, who lasted lengthy sufficient to see Lovren’s 40-yard go expertly managed with one contact and lifted over Pickford with the second by Origi.
Silva, in all probability pondering he could as properly exit in a blaze of glory, instantly changed Sidibe with Bernard and switched to 4-4-2, though it was not sufficient to forestall a fourth.
Everton had been uncovered at their very own nook and, regardless of having a two-on-one with Shaqiri, Alexander-Arnold, having raced down the left, cleverly delayed his go lengthy sufficient for Mane to get alongside him and sweep house left-footed.
That will in all probability have performed for Silva however Richarlison’s diving header – making it probably the most targets scored in any half of a Merseyside derby – simply earlier than the break supplied the Portuguese the hope of one thing to work with.
— Everton (@Everton) December 4, 2019
Nevertheless, the second half had little or no of the gloss of the primary with Mane lacking two one-on-one probabilities he would usually have buried.
Substitute Moise Kean wasted Everton’s greatest probability of the half late on earlier than Wijnaldum delivered the killer blow because the hosts racked up a club-record 32 league video games with out defeat with Klopp’s 100th league win as supervisor in simply his 159th recreation.
Twelve months in the past Liverpool ended Jose Mourinho’s spell as Manchester United supervisor with a win at Anfield.
They might properly have performed the identical to a different arch-rival in Silva, who has simply two wins in his final 11 matches.