(Liverpool – Everton 2-0) Everton frustrated Liverpool for an hour but then Jürgen Klopp made a move that turned things around for Liverpool.
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Then Germany’s Luis Diaz and Divock Origi came on to the pitch, meaning Liverpool had a top four.
That caused him to slacken after an hour into the Everton goal.
First, the unguarded Andrew Robertson headed 1-0. Origi also increased Origi to 2-0, assisted by Diaz.
– Exchange is a big moment in the game. Diaz got them on their hind legs. Right now, Jürgen is making those changes more often than he’s missed, former Liverpool player Phil Thompson told TV 2.
– Everton played really well, but Liverpool’s quality proved in the end. Tactically, Klopp brought on Diaz and Origi and that changed the game, says BBC pundit and former Liverpool player Stephen Warnock.
The win leaves Liverpool just one point behind Manchester City at the top of the table with five league games remaining.
After the match, Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp explained that they did not have enough movement in the team and were too slow in the first half.
– We play the ball into an area where they have nine players. In the second half we were much more direct, and that created more problems for them. The score is beautiful, Klopp told the BBC.
Where Liverpool are still struggling on all fronts and have the potential to leave four titles behind when the season ends, the status is completely different at Everton.
Today’s defeat means Frank Lampard’s men are under the line, with a point above Burnley in safety. Everton do have one game left for the teams around them.
Everton were the best team in an opening marked by an unusual number of passing errors at Liverpool, fueled by the intensity of the Blues’ high pressure.
21-year-old Anthony Gordon has been a bit of a headache for Trent Alexander-Arnold et al., and has shown that he can be an important part of the season finale.
Midway through the first half, Everton fans thought the talent earned them a penalty after he lost a duel with Naby Keïta.
TV replays showed Gordon was overplaying, and lent his support to judge Stuart Attwell when he gave the boy a yellow card for filming.
The situation was a big highlight from the start. Sadio Mané and Abdoulaye Doucouré each had chances to take the lead, but both went wide.
– Everton have done very well. They have frustrated Liverpool, comments former Liverpool player and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher.
Just before halftime, there was a big fire as Liverpool continued to play while Richarlison was injured for the second time in a short period of time. This led to the aftermath of Doucouré, which caused the players to tease each other.
When the two teams entered the break, Liverpool had the ball by 86 percent.
– There was something Mourinho-like about the way Frank Lampard came into this game, said TV 2 expert Simen Stamsø Møller at half-time.
Liverpool shot out of the early blocks after the break, but it was Everton who came up with the most dangerous chances.
Early in the half, Gordon also asked for another penalty, this time after falling to the ground in a duel with Joël Matip. The 21-year-old has not heard from Atwell again this time.
When Liverpool finally had their first big chance, they were rewarded.
Mohamed Salah enters from the right. Everton’s defense was enough to cover Liverpool’s offensive players, so at the back post the unguarded Andrew Robertson was given the easy task of taking a 1-0 lead.
Just before, Jürgen Klopp had thrown Luis Diaz and Divock Origi onto the pitch, and this gave Liverpool more pressure in the box.
– He made an important step there, Klopp, comments TV 2 pundit Nils Johan Semb.
And with five minutes remaining of the game, Origi had just hit the nail in the coffin when he headed home 2-0. The goalscorer’s pass came after an acrobatic post by Diaz.
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