Liverpool 2-0 Everton: Player ratings as Origi produces one last piece of Anfield magic

Don Kopleone rates the Reds as they eventually broke down Frank Lampard’s shameless Everton side at Anfield.

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Now that was a Merseyside Derby. Rarely in recent years has this rivalry felt quite as intense, as nasty as it did today.

Frank Lampard took his Everton side to Anfield with the Blues in the bottom three, after Burnley’s win over Wolves. And he set them up not to play football, but with the sole intention of stopping the Reds from doing so.

No team has ever had less possession in a Premier League match than the visitors in this game. That paints the picture. Liverpool, conversely, were frustrated by their opponents for 45 minutes, and could not find a rhythm.

But Jürgen Klopp’s side were much improved after the break, and Andrew Robertson broke the deadlock with an hour on the clock.

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And then, well, it was a Merseyside Derby at Anfield, and Divock Origi was on the pitch. Need I say more?

Your ratings, as the brilliant Belgian once again left a bitter taste in the Evertonians’ mouths:

Starting XI

Ali 6.5 – Two dodgy kicks but earns half a point for mocking Pickford’s timewasting with his glorious late dive.

Trent 6 – Couldn’t play a pass first-half. Much better after the break and took a much-needed yellow card to break up an Everton counter-attack.

Joel 8 – Outstanding. Textbook defending when the hosts broke in behind Trent on three separate occasions.

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Big Virg 7.5 – Faultless, as per. Everton never dared attack him.

Robbo 7 – Very, very poor in the first half, never offering the overlap or trying the first-time pass. Much more positive after the interval as seen with the run forward to nod home the opener.

Nabs 7 – Arguably the Reds’ best performer in a tepid first 45 minutes. A rasping half-volley flew just wide of the post.#

Fabs 6.5 – Not in his best vein of form right now. Not a bad showing but not at his most dominating or alert.

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ThiaGOAT 7.5 – A level below what we saw on Thursday but the Spaniard was still key to his side’s improvement after the break. Relished the occasion, putting in a couple of big tackles.

Mo 7.5 – Far better in the second half, and it was the Egyptian’s cross that Robertson turned home. Unlucky to slice a left-footed volley just over the crossbar.

Sadio 7 – Shot just over after brilliantly working some space early on. Unlucky to be substituted, but someone had to be sacrificed to freshen things up.

Di-no-goal 6.5 – Fairly uninvolved but did a good job of regaining any possession he lost.

Subs

Luis Suárez Díaz 7.5 – A joy to watch. Brought down a cross-field pass with an outrageous rabona, just because he can.

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Hendo 6.5 – Pressed like a maniac.

Divvy 8 – When he was brought on against his favourite foe with the game still goalless, you just knew. Key in the build-up for the opener, and then delivered what will likely be his last hammer blow to the blues. Man of the match.


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Don Kopleone

Scouse, not Sicilian.

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