Everton suffered yet another humiliating defeat at Anfield, meaning their search for a win against their greatest rivals will stretch to ten years and beyond twenty away from Goodison.

The Reds got off to an explosive start when Sadio Mane’s defence-splitting through ball found Divock Origi and the Belgian took it around Pickford and calmly slotted with just 6 minutes played. Eleven minutes later, some more good work from Mane saw Xherdan Shaqiri double Liverpool’s lead. There was hope for the Blues when Michael Keane capitalised on the Liverpool defence’s failure to deal with a cross and pulled a goal back. But by 45 minutes it was 4-1 in the Reds’ favour through another well-taken goal from Origi and Mane also got in on the act as a result of a Liverpool counter-attack. Right before half-time, Richarlison got Everton’s second of the game, heading home Bernard’s cross.

There were several golden chances throughout the second half, two from Mane and one from Everton substitute Moise Kean, still searching for his first Everton goal, but Georginio Wijnaldum was the final scorer with an easy finish in the final stages. Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold was perhaps fortunate to remain on the pitch after he appeared to stamp on Richarlison twice as well as deliberately preventing an Everton counter-attack through use of his hand but he only received a booking throughout the game.

The eventual 5-2 scoreline perhaps flattered Liverpool as they scored all five of their shots on target but Everton’s defending had been nothing short of abysmal and they hadn’t offered enough in front of goal against a far superior side. This defeat spelt the end of Marco Silva’s time as manager; the Portuguese was sacked the next day.

4th December 2019 – Premier League

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