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Player ratings, fan reaction & more: Liverpool continue title charge as Everton pushed towards Championship

Player ratings, fan reaction & more: Liverpool continue title charge as Everton pushed towards Championship

Result

Sunday’s late Premier League kick-off played out a short time ago. The clash saw Liverpool and Everton face off in the final Merseyside derby of the campaign.

Liverpool headed into the game looking to regain some ground on league leaders Manchester City, who smashed Watford 5-1 on Saturday.

Everton, meanwhile, were aiming to put some much-needed distance between themselves and the bottom three.

And, though Everton did manage something of an upset in the derby last term, Liverpool were nevertheless viewed as clear favourites ahead of Sunday’s game.

So, it was not too surprising when Jurgen Klopp’s men ran out 2-0 winners on the day.

Everton had a clear game plan throughout the 90 – sit back with 10 men behind the ball before attempting to hit Liverpool on the counter through the pace of Gordon, Richarlison and Gray. And, to the credit of the visitors, they did precisely that in the first 45, preventing Liverpool from directing a single shot on target.

However, the Reds eventually broke the deadlock when Andy Robertson headed in a Mo Salah cross.

Divock Origi then killed the game off on 84 minutes to hand Liverpool a 2-0 win, and ensure that Everton ended the day sitting 18th in the league.

Liverpool player ratings

Alisson (6) – Had little to do but did what he had to well.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (3) – Struggled to deal with the pace of Gordon and also gave away possession on a number of occasions with poor passing.

Joel Matip (6) – Carried the ball forward well. Lucky not to concede a penalty for a foul on Gordon.

Virgil van Dijk (6) – Solid display from the Dutchman who didn’t really put a foot wrong.

Andy Robertson (7.5) – Quiet first half but scored the all-important opener and then made a huge interception to deny an Everton equaliser.

Fabinho (5) – Gave the ball away several times throughout the game, which luckily didn’t cost Liverpool.

Thiago (5) – Struggled to pull the strings like he did so well against Manchester United.

Naby Keita (5) – Enjoyed some decent link-up with Salah but struggled to create a big chance before being subbed after an hour.

Mohamed Salah (7) – Completed just one dribble in the first half. Good cross for the Robertson opener.

Sadio Mane (4.5) – Struggled to link play in the first 45 and was off after an hour.

Diogo Jota (4.5) – Has always been better for Liverpool through the middle so was not too surprising to see him less effective from the left before being switched to centre-forward at the end of the first half. Continued to struggle up top, though.

Substitutes

Luis Diaz (7) – Added some much-needed spark to Liverpool’s attack when he came on.

Divock Origi (8) – Had an instant impact, linking up with Salah to set up the Robertson goal before then scoring a goal of his own 84 minutes in.

Jordan Henderson (5) – Good cross in build-up to Origi’s goal.

Everton player ratings

Jordan Pickford (4.5) – Dealt with the few things he had to in the first 45 well. Couldn’t do much about the goals.

Seamus Coleman (4) – Kept Jota quiet before he was moved through the middle. Should have tracked Robertson better for his goal.

Mason Holgate (5) – Not a great display, but not terrible considering who he was up against.

Michael Keane (4) – Should have tracked Origi better for his goal.

Vitali Mykolenko (7) – Bright start that saw him chasing the ball down and making a number of tackles to keep Salah quiet. Continued to look defensively astute throughout the match.

Allan (5) – Good start to the game but struggled to deal with Liverpool’s attack once Klopp brought on Origi and switched to a 4-2-4.

Abdoulaye Doucoure (5) – Broke up play well in the first half but should have done a lot better with his chance when sent through by Richarlison.

Alex Iwobi (5) – Showed great intensity and pressing ability to stop Liverpool attacks before they reached their front three early on. Was less effective after the hosts’ formation change.

Anthony Gordon (6.5) – Caused Alexander-Arnold issues down Liverpool’s right and was unlucky not to win a free-kick in a good position early on.

Demarai Gray (4) – A quiet game that saw him largely ineffective at both ends of the pitch.

Richarlison (4.5) – Quiet 90 minutes from the Brazilian which was to be expected given the manner in which Everton were set up. But he did play a good ball through to Doucoure on the counter 33 minutes in, which the Frenchman should have done better with.

Substitutes

Dele Alli (5) – Created one good chance when he came on.

Salomon Rondon (N/A)

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The Premier League table as it stands

# Team MP W D L F A D P
1 AFC Bournemouth 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Arsenal FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Aston Villa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Brentford FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Brighton & Hove Albion 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Chelsea FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Crystal Palace 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Everton FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 Fulham FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Leeds United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Leicester City 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Liverpool FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Manchester City 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 Manchester United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 Newcastle United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 Nottingham Forest 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 Southampton FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 Tottenham Hotspur 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 West Ham United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Last updated: 1 min ago

This article was edited by Conor Laird.

What time is kick off between Liverpool FC vs Everton FC?

15:30, Sunday 24 April 2022