A rampant Liverpool tore apart a below par Everton side last night at Anfield as they ran out 4-0 winners in Jurgen Klopp’s first Merseyside derby.
Divock Origi, Mamadou Sakho, Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge all found the net for the Reds as Everton finished the game with ten men following Ramiro Funes Mori’s ugly stamp on Origi, who was stretchered off with suspected ankle ligament damage.
The sending off capped a disastrous night for the Toffee’s, the 21st red card in the fixture, who are now short of defensive cover for their FA Cup semi-final showdown with Manchester United at the weekend. Funes Mori will be suspended and with John Stones taken ill and Phil Jagielka struggling for fitness, Everton are short of options.
On the night, Klopp’s Liverpool dominated proceedings in a tie which saw them muster up an astonishing 41 attempts on goal to crank up the pressure on under-fire Blues boss.
Liverpool were playing free-flowing football and two goals before half-time deflated Roberto Martinez’ Everton.
Origi’s fifth goal in as many games began the rout with a well taken header, before Mamadou Sakho added a second in added time at the end of the first period after he found acres of space to nod home at the far post.
Everton were facing an uphill battle and the sending off of Funes Mori shortly after the break added more misery to forgettable night for the Toffees.
Sturridge replaced the injured Origi and duly swept in the third goal on the hour mark after Lucas Leiva picked up John Stones’ loose pass.
Philippe Coutinho then curled home with 14 minutes remaining to send Liverpool to their third successive Premier League win as they climbed to seventh in the table. Meanwhile, Everton’s alarming slide continued as they remain seven games without a win in the league and sit in eleventh.
In the night’s other Premier League fixtures, Manchester United ran out 2-0 winners to remain one point off the Champions League places after Damien Delaney’s own goal and Matteo Darmian drilled effort saw United seal the three points at Old Trafford.
West Ham eased to a 3-1 win over Watford, as Andy Carroll pressed his case for an inclusion in England’s Euro 2016 squad with his sixth goal in six games. Mark Noble made the game safe with two penalty kicks before Sebastian Prodl pulled a goal back for the Hornets, as the Hammers push for Champions League qualification continues.