Liverpool cruised to a 4-0 Premier League win against 10-man Everton in a one-sided Merseyside derby at Anfield on Wednesday night.
- Liverpool 4 Everton 0
- Origi and Sakho head Reds in front
- Funes Mori sees red for Toffees
- Sub Sturridge adds a third
- Coutinho curls home the fourth
Divock Origi and Mamadou Sakho headed the home side into a two-goal lead shortly before half-time before Toffees defender Ramiro Funes Mori saw red for an awful challenge on Origi, who had to be stretchered off.
Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho added second-half strikes as the Reds notched up their fourth victory in all competitions in 13 days.
The visitors were the quickest to the ball in the opening exchanges but it was Liverpool who threatened first when an awful clearance from Bryan Oviedo fell to Coutinho, who fed Adam Lallana only for Joel Robles to spread himself well and save.
Kevin Mirallas threatened too but his impressive run from inside his own half was not matched by the finish as he blazed high and wide from 20 yards.
Lallana powered a header wide at the near post as the home side upped the pace and began to dominate. They should have taken the lead on the half-hour mark when Roberto Firmino was clean through on goal but Robles saved with an outstretched leg.
The Reds were ahead two minutes before the break, however, when Milner’s floated cross to the far post was met by Origi, who towered above John Stones to power his header home from six yards.
And that lead was doubled two minutes into stoppage-time at the end of the half when Milner and Lallana played a neat one-two, and the former hung up a cross to the back post for Sakho to nod home completely unmarked.
Everton’s task got even more difficult four minutes into the second half when Funes Mori saw red after leaving his studs on the ankle of Origi in what was a shocking challenge that he was rightly dismissed for.
Sturridge, was immediately into the action after coming of for Origi with his 25-yarder testing Robles, before he found himself on the scoresheet seconds later when Lucas played him in and the England man took one touch before slotting home from 12 yards.
Coutinho saw two goal-bound efforts blocked, while Alberto Moreno’s thunderbolt was punched out by Robles as Liverpool looked to inflict even more misery on their city rivals.
Klopp’s rampant troops did grab a fourth with 14 minutes to go when Joe Allen teed-up Coutinho 20 yards out and the Brazilian magician found the bottom corner of Robles’ goal, via a slight touch off Sturridge who was claiming the goal.
Liverpool continued to pepper the visitor’s goal but failed to grab another in what was a fantastic first Merseyside derby for Klopp but very much one to forget for counterpart Roberto Martinez.
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