Liverpool dominate Merseyside derby
LIVERPOOL, England (AP):
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp claimed his 100th Premier League win in style yesterday as his team beat Everton 5-2 in the Merseyside derby.
All but one of the goals were scored in a manic first half in the highest-scoring game between the two crosstown rivals since 1991. Liverpool stayed eight points clear of Leicester at the top of the Premier League, while Everton dropped into the relegation zone.
Sadio Mane set up the first two goals for Liverpool with perfectly angled passes for first Divock Origi, then Xherdan Shaqiri.
The goals were a vindication of Klopp’s decision to start with both Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino on the bench as part of five changes to his line-up, with Origi and Shaqiri taking their places up front.
Michael Keane scored for Everton at a corner, but Origi swiftly restored Liverpool’s two-goal advantage before Mane made it 4-1. Richarlison bundled the ball in for Everton in first-half stoppage time for the sixth goal of the half — from a total of only six shots on target.
The second half wasn’t nearly as eventful. Sadio Mane wasted two good chances to score Liverpool’s fifth goal late on, and Moise Kean typified his disappointing scoreless season for Everton with a big miss at the other end. Georginio Wijnaldum finally scored a fifth for Liverpool in the 90th.
That made Klopp’s Liverpool the first team to score five in a Merseyside derby since the Reds beat Everton 5-0 in 1982.
Liverpool are unbeaten against Everton for 19 years and haven’t lost to their rivals at home in the Premier League since 1999.
The loss piles more pressure on Everton manager Marco Silva, whose team has lost its last three games.
Worse, they dropped into the relegation zone and 18th place thanks to Southampton’s win over Norwich earlier yesterday. Everton haven’t played outside the top tier of English football since 1954.