Liverpool – Everton: Lightning Strikes Twice And Everton Win at Anfield (0-2)
Prince no longer has a record dedicated to the year that Everton had last won at Anfield. After identifying Liverpool’s aerial weaknesses and deploying a rotational yet solid backline, Everton executed an effective game plan which got them the lead early and killed the game late on.
Tactical analysis and match report by Joel Parker.
The new season established new ambitions. When these two met in October, Liverpool and Everton sat as the top two, as James Rodríguez and Thiago Alcântara took center stage in a memorable clash. Traditional North-West grit, with a sprinkle of Latin panache, which looked set to spice up each other's offensive mechanisms.
Four months later a darker picture was cast over Merseyside. Liverpool went into this game in sixth place, the front three the quietest they have been since playing together, whilst Klopp’s team imploded in two big games consecutively. Now they must recover to regain their Champions League status, a much-needed win at Rasenballsport Leipzig adds more than just reassurance.
Everton’s season has followed more like a hectic rollercoaster, rather than a steady decline. A month of optimism is later hit with a harsh dose of reality, whilst Carlo Ancelotti constantly changes without installing the principles to properly progress the club forward, at least from a tactical perspective. Their deficiencies in defense have been aggravated in defeats to both Fulham and Manchester . . .