Fulltime Thoughts - Nothing new to say here really. Shocking defending took the game out of the Blues hands early on, some woeful performances on the pitch and Marco Silva bereft of answers on the sidelines.
Like we said on Sunday, a bad performance from a badly-coached team of bad players.
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90+3’ - There’s the final whistle. Is that the last time we see Marco Silva lead out the Blues to another embarrassment? Oh yeah, we’re also in the relegation zone now.
90’ - There’s the final nail. A corner is half-cleared and the ball falls to Wijnaldum who toepokes it into the far corner. Holgate killed by Firmino and Schneiderlin loses his man who then slots home. 5-2, humiliation complete.
85’ - Mane makes a complete mess of it on the break, looking for the pretty goal. Miles clear on his own, he rounds Pickford, who bumps up against him and Holgate clears it away.
The Blues counter, with Iwobi finding Kean on a break of his own, and he somehow beats tlhe goalie but places it wide of the post. That would have been his first Everton goal, and what a stage to get it on. Sigh.
81’ - Henderson finds Mane with another diagonal long ball from a counter, Keane not even in the same time zone, but Iwobi and Holgate are the beaten parties this time and the Sengalese forward places it wide of the far post.
80’ - Nothing to report really. Everton in possession seem to have no ideas, and the Reds are happy to kill the clock.
TAA did get caught in possession by Siggy, but no real chances came from it.
72’ - Silva gonna Silva. Morgan Schneiderlin is the last change, coming on for Davies who has been anonymous today.
Roberto Firmino and Jordan Henderson come on for the hosts, with Origi and Adam Lallana going off.
70’ - Reds in prevent mode here, having done quite enough to win today.
67’ - Davies goes sliding in late on TAA, and that’s a yellow card, No complaints there.
65’ - Blues get a couple of crosses in the box to create some discomfort, ending up with a Davies shot from distance straight at Adrian. Difficult bouncing ball and the youngster did well to drive it into the ground to keep it down.
60’ - Moise Kean will get half an hour today, with DCL going off.
The Italian youngster fights off VVD immediately and wins a corner. Sigurdsson delivers and Richy rises highest, but it’s straight at Adrian,
56’ - Origi wins a freekick off Mina deep down the Blues left. TAA and Shaqiri take it short and it’s blown for offside, even though it wasn’t even close. Oh well.
53’ - Origi with space to shoot and is looking for his hattrick when he had better options to pass, it’s blocked. Milner’s shot from distance goes out for a corner on the Everton left.
Low from Shaqiri, RIcharlison clears for another corner. Cleared away somewhat, but TAA foils Bernard and the Reds get another corner. TAA takes it this time and it’s cleared.
52’ - DCL goes down outside the box under a challenge from VVD. DIgne steps up to take and his freekick goes over. Good attempt, I guess.
49’ - Sigurdsson and Iwobi combine for a cross down the right, but Richarlison can’t control and Adrian gathers.
Halftime Thoughts - Where do we even start. The Blues defence has been atrocious, in particular Michael Keane who has been utterly awful against the long ball. To his credit, he popped up on the other half of the pitch with a rare goal. Liverpool have rested half their front six, and will not need them at this rate, bypassing both areas of the pitch using the deep crossfield ball.
The commentators and analysts insist Everton might still be in this, but it’s hard to see how as they’ll only be even more susceptible to the counter as they push forward in the second half.
45’ - Bernard with a run down the left and his low cross is excellent, Richarlison completely free in the box and his diving header/shoulder finds the far corner. 4-2 now. What a bizarre game this is.
44’ - Richarlison with a low cross/shot from inside the box on the right, Lovren gets a touch to make it a corner with DCL just behind him.
The corner is cleared and Liverpool break away with a 2-on-1 as TAA starts the rush, but he eventually centers it to Mane who had started the break, and his shot from outside the box is perfect in the corner, curled around Pickford and tucked in by the post with Davies scrambling.
41’ - DCL wins a freekick off Robertson near the goalline on the right, skimmed in by Sigurdsson but no one makes any real contact. Iwobi has a chance to get it back in the box and the cross is woeful.
40’ - Richarlison sets up Iwobi with a wonderful shooting opportunity, and his shot is poor and wide. That has always been the criticism of the Nigerian forward, that his finishing is atrocious.
35’ - Silva makes the change, and yanks Sidibe off, bringing on Bernard. It’ll be a 4-4-2 now, with Holgate going out to right back.
32’ - Lovren with great long ball behind Keane, beautifully controlled by Origi and then well-placed beyond Pickford. The Everton defence simply cannot track runners. 3-1 to the hosts just when the Blues were coming back into the game.
Klopp has got his tactics perfectly right focusing on Everton’s Titanic, Michael Keane.
30’ - Mane being the right royal shit isn’t he? First he goes arse-over-teakettle in the box but Dean is uninterested, then he clatters into Davies in a petulant fit.
Now Richarlison goes into the box, stamping on Shaqiri.
27’ - TAA the first in the book, a clear stamp on Digne’s left foot. The Frenchman is writhing about, but is up now.
25’ - Iwobi finds DCL running free behind Van Dijk with a beautiful pass. The striker shapes up to shoot as he enters the box, but VVD’s push is enough to make him scramble his shot. Mike Dean hears from VAR and there’s no penalty.
24’ - Tempers are a-rising here. RIcharlison and TAA are mixing it up, Sigurdsson has been involved in a couple of skirmishes as well, and so has Mane.
20’ - A Wijnaldum handball gets the Blues a freekick, which then gets to the corner flag off a miskick.
The corner is only partly cleared and the ball falls to Keane, who chips home beautifully over Adrian.. 2-1!
The Blues do seem to get Derby goals from strange places, Keane today, Matthew Pennington previously
17’ - Mane again, Alexander-Arnold finds him with a fantastic cross-field ball, and his perfect pass finds Shaqiri racing in to place past an outstretched Pickford. Holgate and Keane destroyed again by the great assist. 2-0, bye bye Marco.
15’ - Mane has been the main man for Liverpool, like he has so many times. Holgate and Keane have no answer for him and can only react to what he’s been doing.
Holgate with a tough tackle on Origi first, and then Robertson lands on Davies elbow first and the young Evertonian is very unhappy about it. Some jawing, before Holgate steps in to separate the pair.
10’ - Everton look stunned. To be fair they’ve looked dazed all season long. The Reds want this more, clearly.
7’ - Liverpool lead, too easy for the hosts.
Gylfi Sigurdsson stole the ball and created a chance, but the Reds countered at pace through Mane and his peach of a ball finds Origi who splits Michael Keane and Yerry Mina, with Pickford caught in no-man’s-land. The Belgian forward rounds him easily and slots for his fourth Derby goal.
2’ - Everton letting the occasion get to them. The Reds have two half-chances in the first minute as they pump the ball into the box.
Lineups: Marco Silva must have liked what he saw at Leicester City because he’s named an unchanged lineup in the same 3-4-3 formation to take on the Reds today. For the hosts, Jurgen Klopp has made five changes as he looks to rest his best players.
All I’m going to say about the Reds lineup is it’s exactly what a league-leading manager would do when playing at home against a 17th-placed team.
It’s on Everton to prove him wrong.
The calendar had already warned us this would be anything but an easy holiday schedule, and with that comes the most difficult of tasks this season at what might be the lowest point mentally for this squad - a trip to Anfield. The Blues’ multiple injury woes, combined with the Reds riding high and running away with the league, it simply could not be a worse time to take on Liverpool and yet, here we are.
The numbers don’t make pretty reading, but suffice to say that the Toffees failure to win at the Reds for two decades should tell you what a gargantuan task this will be, considering better Everton teams have contrived to lose to worse Liverpool teams there in that time.
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Starting XI: Pickford, Holgate, Mina, Keane; Digne, Sigurdsson, Davies, Sidibe; Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin, Iwobi
Subs: Lossl, Baines, Schneiderlin, Bernard, Walcott, Tosun, Kean
Starting XI: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Milner, Lallana; Shaqiri, Mane, Origi
Subs: Kelleher, Keita, Firmino, Salah, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain
The Blues fought out a stalemate at Goodison Park in March earlier this year, a game that sparked Everton’s late season run that saw them briefly challenge for seventh spot before settling in at eighth.
The last time the Toffees went to Anfield was almost a year to the day today, and the Blues had bravely held the hosts to a 0-0 draw for ninety-plus minutes, only for Jordan Pickford to have a brain fart right at the death that allowed the hosts to score. Turns out holding your concentration until the final whistle is sometimes too much to ask for from this Everton side.