Liverpool moved back to being one point behind leaders Manchester City following a 2-0 victory at home to Everton in a fiery Merseyside derby.
Everton adopted a defensive approach and did excellently to keep Liverpool at bay in the first half. However, Liverpool upped the ante in the second period, with Andrew Robertson opening the scoring before substitute Divock Origi, who has a fantastic record in this fixture, made it 2-0.
Robertson also made an important defensive contribution to cut out the danger as Everton threatened.
After Burnley beat Wolves 1-0, Everton are in the relegation zone and are now two points adrift of the Clarets with a game in hand.
Liverpool had to be patient to break Everton down but they showed excellent spirit and their hopes of winning the quadruple remain very much alive.
Squad depth boosts Liverpool’s chances
Liverpool’s improved squad depth has proved extremely useful for Klopp of late and it proved to be the case again today.
The introductions of Luis Diaz and Origi provided Liverpool with extra attacking momentum as they were finally able to break Everton’s resistance.
Origi was involved in the build-up to the first goal as he combined with Salah, who then crossed for Robertson to head in at the far post.
Then Origi scored the second himself as he headed in after the ball fell to him following Diaz’s overhead kick.
Gordon a bright spark for Everton
Despite Everton’s best efforts, Lampard will be concerned about his team’s prospects of avoiding relegation.
However, one huge positive for Everton at Anfield was the performance of Anthony Gordon. The 21-year-old’s direct runs caused numerous problems for Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joel Matip, especially in the first half.
Gordon may have blotted his copybook somewhat when he was booked for diving, but his overall performance was of a high standard and he is thriving under the freedom that Lampard has afforded him. He also had a penalty claim turned down following a challenge from Joel Matip.
Everton’s hopes of avoiding the drop could be heavily dependent on Gordon’s displays.
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Liverpool vs. Everton result
Goals: LIV – Robertson – 62 (Salah)
LIV – Origi – 85 (Diaz)
Liverpool vs. Everton live updates, highlights from Premier League clash
Full time: Liverpool beat Everton 2-0 through goals from Robertson and Origi. That could be a very important result at both ends of the table. Liverpool are one point behind leaders Manchester City. Everton, meanwhile, are in the relegation zone, two points adrift of Burnley with a game in hand.
89 mins: Dele Alli is booked for a challenge on Henderson. Richarlison now gets a yellow card for kicking out at the same player.
GOAL – Liverpool 2-0 Everton (Origi) – It’s another Merseyside derby goal from Origi, who scores with a header following an overhead kick from Diaz.
83 mins: Pickford pushes the ball away for a corner following a deflected effort from Thiago. There was impressive play from Salah in the build-up.
81 mins: Liverpool bring on the experienced Jordan Henderson in place of the goalscorer Robertson.
76 mins: Origi goes down in the area after a challenge from Keane but play is waved on. Everton bring on Rondon for Gray. Mykolenko sends in a free-kick, Alisson punches it unconvincingly but Liverpool manage to keep their clean sheet intact. Robertson makes a crucial intervention to cut out the danger with Iwobi lurking after Alli sent the ball in.
71 mins: Gordon finds Iwobi, who in turn plays the ball into Gray, whose effort is just off target. Dele Alli is now on for Allan.
64 mins: It’s a superb piece of skill from Diaz to control the ball, with Liverpool then winning a corner. They’re playing with much more confidence and belief now. Salah then shoots over after Pickford punched an effort away. Allan is booked for complaining to the referee.
GOAL – Liverpool 1-0 Everton (Robertson): Liverpool make the breakthrough and it could be a crucial goal. Salah exchanges passes with Origi and then crosses towards the far post where Andrew Robertson heads the ball into the net.
57 mins: Alexander-Arnold is booked for a late challenge on Gordon. The Everton youngster is posing a major threat down the left flank. Liverpool now bring on Diaz and Origi for Keita and Mane.
55 mins: Another opening for Gordon after he’s played in by Iwobi, but his shot is off target.
52 mins: Gordon goes down in the box again under pressure from Matip but play is waved on.
47 mins: Keita sends an effort over following a corner as Liverpool look to start the second half with greater intensity.
The second half is underway at Anfield. Can Everton continue to defend so impressively?
Luis Diaz is among the options on the Liverpool bench, while Divock Origi has history in this fixture.
Half time: It’s goalless at half time in a fiery Merseyside derby. Everton have worked arduously to frustrate Liverpool, who haven’t been able to create many openings.
44 mins: Richarlison is down, with Liverpool continuing to play on. There’s now a clash between both sets of players following a challenge from Doucoure on Fabinho, with the Everton midfielder getting booked. Mane is also booked for pushing Holgate in the face.
43 mins: Salah shoots over for Liverpool, who are still finding it difficult to test Pickford.
33 mins: An opening for Everton on the counter-attack as Richarlison plays in Doucoure, who drags his effort wide.
30 mins: Liverpool are still finding it difficult to carve out clear-cut chances. Robertson swing in a cross but Jota’s effort is off target.
26 mins: Diogo Jota clashes with Seamus Coleman, with the game being played with the intensity expected from a derby.
23 mins: Anthony Gordon is booked for diving, which is certainly the correct decision as there wasn’t any contact from Naby Keita.
21 mins: Everton have restricted Liverpool so far but they manage to create an opening through Sadio Mane who turns sharply prior to shooting over.
15 mins: Anthony Gordon felt he was pushed over by Trent Alexander-Arnold, but referee Stuart Attwell waves play on.
12 mins: Mykolenko has coped well against Salah so far. It will be interesting to see if he can continue to close the winger down with regularity.
7 mins: As you would expect, it has been a frantic start. Richarlison goes down after being caught by Fabinho.
Kick off: The game is underway. Can Liverpool go back to being one point behind City, or will Everton take a big step in their quest to avoid relegation.
There’s a fantastic atmosphere at Anfield, with kick-off coming up.
Michael Keane is set to start for Everton in place of Ben Godfrey, who suffered a problem in the warm-up.
30 mins to KO: Burnley’s 1-0 win against Everton will further increase the pressure on the Toffees going into this game. Can Everton respond in this most difficult of fixtures?
Team news 📋
How we line-up for today’s Merseyside derby 🔴 #LIVEVE
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2022
🔵 | Team news is in as the boss makes two changes from our last game.
— Everton (@Everton) April 24, 2022
Burnley lead 1-0 against Wolves through Matej Vydra, so as things stand the Clarets will move above Everton and send Lampard’s side into the bottom three.
90 mins from KO: It will be interesting to see how much, if at all, Jurgen Klopp rotates his Liverpool team today ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final, first leg against Villarreal. Klopp certainly won’t be underestimating Everton despite the struggles that they have endured this season.
2 hours from KO: Welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of Liverpool vs. Everton. Both teams need a win at this crucial stage of the season and this is a game that could have a major effect at both the top and the bottom of the Premier League table.
Liverpool vs. Everton predicted lineups
Liverpool will hope that Roberto Firmino will be available again following a foot problem, but other than that Klopp has a very clean bill of health for his squad.
Liverpool predicted lineup (4-3-3): Alisson (GK) — Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson — Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago — Salah, Mane, Diaz.
For Everton Dominic Calvert-Lewin is set to miss out with a thigh problem. Donny Van De Beek still has a groin injury.
Everton projected starting lineup (4-3-3): Pickford (GK) — Coleman, Mina, Godfrey, Mykolenko — Allan, Alli, Iwobi — Gordon, Richarlison, Gray.
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