Victory takes Liverpool above Tottenham and Arsenal on the prime of the desk on objective distinction with either side from north London in motion later this weekend.
Mo Salah’s double secured a 2-0 win for Liverpool at Anfield [Daniel Chesterton/Offside/Offside/Getty]
Liverpool continued their stranglehold over native rivals Everton on Saturday, however had fortune on their aspect as Mo Salah’s double secured a 2-0 win at Anfield.
Even Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp mentioned he might perceive Everton’s frustration at a scarcity of consistency from referee Craig Pawson.
Ashley Younger was sent-off earlier than half-time for 2 bookable offences, whereas Ibrahima Konate escaped a second reserving within the second-half with the scores nonetheless degree.
Liverpool toiled to make their man benefit depend, however lastly achieved the breakthrough quarter-hour from time when Salah smashed residence from the penalty spot after Michael Keane dealt with.
Salah was then teed up by Darwin Nunez to make the factors secure seven minutes into stoppage time.
Victory takes Jurgen Klopp’s males above Tottenham and Arsenal on the prime of the desk on objective distinction with either side from north London in motion later this weekend.
“I can think about the frustration of Everton and Sean [Dyche] on this second completely,” mentioned Klopp on Konate escaping a pink card 25 minutes from time.
The Reds have misplaced simply certainly one of their final 29 Merseyside derbies and stay unbeaten at Anfield in entrance of a crowd in opposition to Everton since 1999.
No fixture has had extra pink playing cards within the Premier League period that clashes between these two and one other sending off proved decisive.
Everton had annoyed the hosts and posed a risk themselves till the 38-year-old Younger confirmed his age fairly than his expertise by diving in to cut down Luis Diaz and earn a second yellow card on 37 minutes.
Liverpool seemed jaded regardless of having the additional man within the second-half.
Everton boss Sean Dyche launched Keane at half-time to revert to a again 5 and the guests restricted Liverpool to few clear probabilities to the frustration of the house assist.
“We needed to get used to that it took somewhat bit too lengthy for my style, however the necessary factor is we did not get annoyed,” added Klopp of constructing the person benefit depend within the second interval.
The Toffees have been then surprised that Konate was not additionally given his marching orders as he pulled down Beto after being proven a yellow card.
To rub salt in Everton wounds, Klopp instantly changed the Frenchman with Joel Matip and Dyche noticed a yellow card for taking his protests too far.
“I’ve no clue how he did not really feel it was a bookable offence,” mentioned Dyche.
“I prefer to suppose there are a whole lot of fair-minded individuals right here at this time who’re surprised that wasn’t a second yellow card.”
Liverpool have had their very own troubles with officers of late after Diaz had a objective of their solely defeat of the season at Tottenham final month wrongly dominated out following VAR confusion.
This time VAR got here to their rescue as Diaz’s cross struck Keane’s outstretched arm.
After a pitch-side evaluate, the referee pointed to the spot and Salah scored his seventh objective of the season to muted celebrations.
As Everton pushed ahead in the hunt for an equaliser, they have been caught on the counter-attack deep into stoppage time as Nunez timed his move to Salah completely for a easy end.
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