Liverpool – Everton: Jordan Pickford’s last-minute blunder gifts Liverpool derby victory (1-0)
Divock Origi scored a dramatic 96th minute winner for the home side as Jürgen Klopp’s men managed to keep pace with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table. Everton’s brave approach caused Liverpool more problems than in previous years, but it also resulted in Liverpool accumulating chances of their own.
Tactical analysis by Josh Williams.
Ahead of the match, Liverpool knew that anything less than a win would result in lost ground to Manchester City in the race to be champions, given their 3-1 victory over Bournemouth. Everton had the opportunity to damage the title hopes of their arch rivals by inflicting their first defeat of the season, as well as gaining a three-point advantage over Manchester United, who had only managed a draw against Crystal Palace.
Both sides approached the match in strong form, Liverpool still being unbeaten in the Premier League, and Everton winning five of their last seven games, resulting in a climb to sixth position. Klopp will have demanded his side show a reaction after losing midweek to PSG in Europe, whilst Marco Silva had to somehow overcome Everton’s eighteen match winless run at Anfield.
Klopp made three changes to his side compared to their previous away trip to Paris, with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri displacing Dejan Lovren, Jordan Henderson and James Milner. Liverpool switched back to a 4-2-3-1 formation after . . .