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Liverpool's win over Everton highlights the gulf between Merseyside rivals

Sunday's derby win kept Liverpool on course for an unprecedented quadruple while deepening the relegation threat for local rivals Everton. (Author: Gardener)

EvertonLiverpool's quadruple bid continues and they could also get the added bonus of hastening Everton's slide towards relegation after a 2-0 win at Anfield in the 240th Merseyside derby. Frank Lampard's Everton will need a dramatic revival in the final month of this season to ensure the 241st edition of this 128-year-old game takes place in the Premier League next season. But this game was what a soccer rivalry amounts to when one team is up and the other is down. Liverpool could win everything there is to win this season, but Everton are now struggling desperately not to be relegated from the top division for the first time since 1951. They are far apart and Liverpool's goals from Andy Robertson and Divock Origi could have a major impact on both sides in the coming weeks. "Everton did what he had to do but we deserved the three points," said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. "If anyone thinks we're flying through these games, my apologies: that's not going to happen." didn't play particularly well in the first half."- O'Hanlon: PL players with most impact on and off the pitch (E+) Get instant access Liverpool's enduring success has been difficult enough for Evertonians in recent years but imagine how it will feel good this time around as the Reds scoop all four trophies and the Blues are relegated to the EFL Championship That defeat at Anfield leaves Everton in the bottom three for the first time since December 2019. And add that the two sets of fans really don't like each other - some of the chants broadcast at Anfield highlighted the animosity that has grown since the days when it was referred to as the 'Friendly Derby' in the 1980s - and it was definitely a case of fear and revulsion on Merseyside.The fear was felt on both sides, with fear that their neighbors would deal a damaging blow to a season's goals while there was revulsion when Everton fans turned their backs on them, when 'You'll Never Walk Alone' was sung by home fans, along with songs from the 1985 Heysel Stadium disaster when 39 Juventus fans were killed in riots ahead of the European Cup final against Liverpool in Brussels. In response, Liverpool fans taunted their neighbors in the city with chants of "This is your last trip to Anfield!" and 'Going Down' as Klopp's players clinched the win that once again put them within a point of leaders Manchester City in the title race. City and Liverpool both have five games left and neither looks set to drop points before then in the finals of May 22. For Liverpool, who have already won the Carabao Cup this season, there is also the hunt for glory in the Champions League, where they meet Villarreal in the semi-finals, and an FA Cup clash with Chelsea on May 15. Still, this was one Game that neither side would have liked because the opponent's motivation was higher than in a routine game. Tough, attacking and ready to fight, Lampard's players punctuated the game with time-consuming and tactical fouls. They tried to draw Liverpool into a fight and it worked in the first half as referee Stuart Attwell was unable to control the two teams. In Anthony Gordon, Everton had a young, spirited winger who caused problems for Liverpool with his pace and direct drive. The 21-year-old, who was cautioned for diving in the penalty area in the first half, was unlucky not to win a penalty when he appeared to be knocked down by Joel Matip eight minutes into the second half. "I think they both could have been penalties," said Lampard. The second was a foul [elsewhere] on the pitch. Sometimes you can't get them here. "But as is often the case, the top teams find a way to win when the opposition is tenacious and persistent and Liverpool have found a way, with Klopp's substitutions proving crucial in the 60th minute. Origi and Luis Diaz replaced Naby Keita and Sadio Mane, and within two minutes Origi had created the opening for Mohamed Salah to cross for Robertson, who scored his first goal at Anfield since September 2020. Origi has earned a place in Liverpool folklore with his game-winning contributions as a substitute, and the Belgium striker did it again as he made it 2-0 by scoring from close range after a Diaz overhead kick, taking him to six goals in 12 games against Everton -- twice as many like he has not scored against any other team.It was a goal that secured the win and shattered Liverpool's nerves, taking them another win closer to an unprecedented success b But there was no positive or silver horizon for Everton. They meet Chelsea e at home next and also have to travel to top-four pursuers Arsenal. With relegation rivals Burnley taking on second-bottom Watford on Saturday, there's a real prospect of Everton getting into even greater trouble ahead of Sunday's kick-off against Chelsea. They have six games to salvage their season and avoid relegation. You can only close your eyes and hope for the best when it comes to Liverpool and their pursuit of history.

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Robertson and Origi sink Everton to keep Liverpool in title lane

Andy Robertson and Divock Origi gave Liverpool a 2-0 win in the Merseyside derby to continue the title hunt and keep Everton in the relegation zone (Author: Gardener)

EvertonThe Kop taunted Everton with "going down" chants while Liverpool refused to overtake Manchester City in the title race. Threatened with relegation, Frank Lampard's side only impressed because an unlikely Derby hero emerged in Andy Robertson and a not-so-unlikely one in Divock Origi to keep Merseyside's rivals at opposite ends of the Premier League battling for colossal stakes. Robertson scored his second goal of the season perfectly from Liverpool's perspective, with the home support growing nervous ahead of his 62nd-minute breakthrough. Origi appeared off the bench to torment Everton again with his sixth derby goal as Jurgen Klopp's side clinched 12 straight home wins in the Premier League. The day ended with local rivals separating 50 points and Liverpool holding 82.7% possession, the second-highest total in a game since Opta started collecting the data in 2003/04, but that was a far cry from the procession that the Statistics suggest it, or many expected it. The sense of foreboding that accompanied Everton to Anfield deepened before a ball had been kicked in the 240th Merseyside derby. Burnley's victory over Wolves saw Lampard's team fall into the relegation zone for the first time this season. Lampard had rested Yerry Mina on his return from a two-month break against Leicester on Wednesday, leaving Everton a man on a bench that included 18-year-old midfielder Isaac Price. To Everton's credit, neither the suspension nor the growing threat of relegation denied them in a first half that suffocated and angered Liverpool in equal measure. Jordan Pickford took ages for every goal kick and clearance; Richarlison would collapse when touched, and sometimes when not touched at all; and the otherwise superb Anthony Gordon was booked for jumping over Naby Keïta's leg in the Liverpool penalty area. That set off the first of two scuffles in the opening stages, and in truth, the needle was more entertaining than the game at this point. Liverpool's frustration was mostly due to Everton's deep, disciplined defense and sharp counter-attacks than wasted time and theatrics. Even unusual ball possession sloppiness did not help Liverpool. Sadio Mané's 21st-minute shot was Liverpool's first – and only – attempt of note before Robertson broke the deadlock. The greater danger came from Everton at the break. Gordon sped past Trent Alexander-Arnold on a pass from Abdoulaye Doucouré and went down just outside the box after a jab in the full-back's back. Doucouré also got through after good work from Richarlison, but lacked conviction and pulled a tame shot across the face of Alisson's goal. Gordon did a similar thing in the second half, sprinting down the left flank but pulling his effort past the far post. Richarlison went down after an early touch from Fabinho and held his face. He held his head again later in the half, forcing Attwell to stop play to the apparent annoyance of the Liverpool players. When the Brazil international was down seconds later with a real ankle injury, both the referee and Liverpool played on. Doucouré indignantly took matters into his own hands by chopping down Fabinho for a booking. Another melee ensued and Mané was booked for raising his hand to Allan's face. Diogo Jota was lucky as he responded with an arm raised after a foul by Séamus Coleman that just missed the Everton captain. Everton remained dangerous on the break, almost entirely via Gordon, who was cleaned up on a run by Alexander-Arnold and denied a powerful penalty, the game being goalless when he went down under a Joël Matip jab. But in the second half, Liverpool were more intense and urgent, with Mohamed Salah becoming increasingly prominent. However, it was the introduction of Origi and Luis Díaz on the hour - Klopp's staple - that made all the difference though. Origi, so often the scourge of Everton, was on the pitch for a minute exchanging passes with Salah in the visitors' penalty area. Salah hit a delightful cross at the back post where, of all people, Robertson rushed in to head past an exposed Pickford. Holgate headed Matip off the line, Salah clipped the rebound and Robertson made an invaluable contribution down the field, clearing Dele Alli's cross before Alex Iwobi could knock home. Victory was secured in the closing minutes with Liverpool's substitutes back to the fore. As Robertson's corner sailed over a crowded area, Jordan Henderson collected and centered for Díaz at the back post. Origi sneaked in behind two Everton defenders to defeat Pickford with a close-range header.

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Liverpool's combined FA Cup Final 2012 and 2022

HITC Sport are attempting a combined XI from Liverpool's current squad with the XI that made it to the 2011/12 FA Cup final. (Author: Gardener)

LiverpoolBut despite their successes in both the Premier League and Europe in recent years, the FA Cup has been a competition Liverpool have struggled in, with 2006 being the last time the Reds even won the competition. Today, however, we look back at the 2012 side that lost 2-1 to Chelsea in a dramatic final and look at who from that squad would make a combined starting XI with the current Liverpool team, which many consider one of the Reds watch ' best. Whilst Pepe Reina remains a cult icon at Anfield and incredibly still plays today, Alisson Becker takes over as goalkeeper for our combined squad, with the Brazil international being one of the best goalkeepers to have played for Liverpool. Alexander-Arnold's passing ability makes the England international a delight to watch and while Johnson had his moments for Liverpool, there is no denying that Liverpool have struck gold with their current academy right-back. Virgil van Dijk is a player many fans strongly associate with Liverpool's rise under Klopp. The former Southampton defender has changed the club's defense for the better since he arrived in 2018 and became a force for the Reds. Strong, defensive and intelligent, Van Dijk is one of Liverpool's best Premier League center backs of all time. The Netherlands international will be key if the Reds are expected to lift the FA Cup trophy against Chelsea in May. Finally we have a member of the 2012 FA Cup finals squad, with Martin Skrtel overcoming Joel Matip, Ibrahima Konate and Daniel Agger with the Slovakia defender playing a key role in Liverpool's modern history. As a centre-back who has played over 300 games for Liverpool and was a titan from set pieces, Skrtel could have been an incredible defensive partnership alongside Van Dijk and the defender is still fondly remembered for his nine seasons at Anfield. While Jose Enrique is another player from the 2012 FA Cup Final squad to retain iconic status at Liverpool, it's hard to imagine a left-back in recent years who has been as consistent as Andy Robertson. The Scotland international's full-back partnership with Alexander-Arnold is one of the best in Premier League history and Robertson's driving runs down the left flank and passing ability make the defender one of the most complete left-backs in the modern game. Jordan Henderson, the only player on this list to feature in both 2012 and 2022, has come a very long way since losing the final to Chelsea ten years ago and few Liverpool fans even thought back then that the midfielder was still alive the club would be there, let alone the captain. Henderson is Liverpool's skipper for their first-ever Premier League title and is an incredible personality on and off the pitch. Henderson could make history if he is on the winning side for the Reds against Chelsea this season and many will want to see the 31-year-old. alt lift the FA Cup trophy. With Liverpool having so many incredible midfield options in the current squad it's quite a challenge to pick just one but it's hard to look at all and not pick Fabinho, much to the disappointment of Thiago Alcantara who doesn't make the XI. Another signing under Klopp that has changed Liverpool for the better. The defensive midfielder has been a revelation for the Reds since arriving from AS Monaco and Fabinho's qualities have been key in the Merseyside club becoming defensively stable over the years. Sorry Jay Spearing but Steven Gerrard gets the nod in last midfield, with the Liverpool icon still one of the club's best Premier League players of all time and one of England's best of the last 25 years. A consummate captain and big-game player, Gerrard's status at Anfield has only grown stronger over the years and the Liverpool legend more than deserves a spot in that combined XI ahead of the likes of Thiago, Naby Keita and Jonjo Shelvey . Mohamed Salah is probably the easiest player to pick from this combined starting XI, taking his place on the right wing ahead of the likes of Craig Bellamy, Maxi Rodriguez and Dirk Kuyt, all of whom featured for Liverpool in the 2012 FA Cup final. One of the greatest goalscorers in Liverpool history, Salah's career at Liverpool has been quite stellar and the Egyptian winger will be looking to add an FA Cup winners' medal to his growing trophy case with the Reds. While Suarez joined FC Barcelona for £75m in 2014, the Uruguayan attacker is arguably one of the best strikers to ever sport Liverpool's famous red and a player of the South American's quality could take the reds to a new level in this one Time. Like Salah, Sadio Mane would feature in that XI, much to the displeasure of Stuart Downing, who started on left wing for Liverpool under Kenny Dalglish in the 2012 final against Chelsea. Mane is a constant threat for Liverpool and one of the club's top scorers this season behind his Egyptian team-mate. Mane will be keen to do some damage to Chelsea in the final at Wembley, with the winger yet to add the FA Cup to his growing collection of accolades.

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Robertson and Origi sink Everton to keep Liverpool in title lane

Andy Robertson and Divock Origi gave Liverpool a 2-0 win in the Merseyside derby to continue the title hunt and keep Everton in the relegation zone (Author: Gardener)

EvertonThe Kop taunted Everton with "going down" chants while Liverpool refused to overtake Manchester City in the title race. Threatened with relegation, Frank Lampard's side only impressed because an unlikely Derby hero emerged in Andy Robertson and a not-so-unlikely one in Divock Origi to keep Merseyside's rivals at opposite ends of the Premier League battling for colossal stakes. Robertson scored his second goal of the season perfectly from Liverpool's perspective, with the home support growing nervous ahead of his 62nd-minute breakthrough. Origi appeared off the bench to torment Everton again with his sixth derby goal as Jurgen Klopp's side clinched 12 straight home wins in the Premier League. The day ended with local rivals separating 50 points and Liverpool holding 82.7% possession, the second-highest total in a game since Opta started collecting the data in 2003/04, but that was a far cry from the procession that the Statistics suggest it, or many expected it. The sense of foreboding that accompanied Everton to Anfield deepened before a ball had been kicked in the 240th Merseyside derby. Burnley's victory over Wolves saw Lampard's team fall into the relegation zone for the first time this season. Lampard had rested Yerry Mina on his return from a two-month break against Leicester on Wednesday, leaving Everton a man on a bench that included 18-year-old midfielder Isaac Price. To Everton's credit, neither the suspension nor the growing threat of relegation denied them in a first half that suffocated and angered Liverpool in equal measure. Jordan Pickford took ages for every goal kick and clearance; Richarlison would collapse when touched, and sometimes when not touched at all; and the otherwise superb Anthony Gordon was booked for jumping over Naby Keïta's leg in the Liverpool penalty area. That set off the first of two scuffles in the opening stages, and in truth, the needle was more entertaining than the game at this point. Liverpool's frustration was mostly due to Everton's deep, disciplined defense and sharp counter-attacks than wasted time and theatrics. Even unusual ball possession sloppiness did not help Liverpool. Sadio Mané's 21st-minute shot was Liverpool's first – and only – attempt of note before Robertson broke the deadlock. The greater danger came from Everton at the break. Gordon sped past Trent Alexander-Arnold on a pass from Abdoulaye Doucouré and went down just outside the box after a jab in the full-back's back. Doucouré also got through after good work from Richarlison, but lacked conviction and pulled a tame shot across the face of Alisson's goal. Gordon did a similar thing in the second half, sprinting down the left flank but pulling his effort past the far post. Richarlison went down after an early touch from Fabinho and held his face. He held his head again later in the half, forcing Attwell to stop play to the apparent annoyance of the Liverpool players. When the Brazil international was down seconds later with a real ankle injury, both the referee and Liverpool played on. Doucouré indignantly took matters into his own hands by chopping down Fabinho for a booking. Another melee ensued and Mané was booked for raising his hand to Allan's face. Diogo Jota was lucky as he responded with an arm raised after a foul by Séamus Coleman that just missed the Everton captain. Everton remained dangerous on the break, almost entirely via Gordon, who was cleaned up on a run by Alexander-Arnold and denied a powerful penalty, the game being goalless when he went down under a Joël Matip jab. But in the second half, Liverpool were more intense and urgent, with Mohamed Salah becoming increasingly prominent. However, it was the introduction of Origi and Luis Díaz on the hour - Klopp's staple - that made all the difference though. Origi, so often the scourge of Everton, was on the pitch for a minute exchanging passes with Salah in the visitors' penalty area. Salah hit a delightful cross at the back post where, of all people, Robertson rushed in to head past an exposed Pickford. Holgate headed Matip off the line, Salah clipped the rebound and Robertson made an invaluable contribution down the field, clearing Dele Alli's cross before Alex Iwobi could knock home. Victory was secured in the closing minutes with Liverpool's substitutes back to the fore. As Robertson's corner sailed over a crowded area, Jordan Henderson collected and centered for Díaz at the back post. Origi sneaked in behind two Everton defenders to defeat Pickford with a close-range header.

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Liverpool win derby and relegate Everton to EPL relegation zone

MANCHESTER, England (AP) - Slipstreaming from Manchester City in Premier... (Author: Gardener)

LiverpoolLiverpool's Divock Origi, left, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal of the game during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, England on Sunday April 24, 2022. Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates after the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Sunday, April 24, 2022. Everton's Vitaliy Mykolenko kneels after the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield - Liverpool Stadium, England, Sunday, April 24, 2022. Liverpool's Andrew Robertson celebrates after scoring his first goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, England on Sunday, April 24. achieved in 2022. Everton's head coach Frank Lampard gestures during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Everton at the Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Sunday, April 24, 2022. Brighton and Hove Albion's Danny Welbeck scores their side's first goal during the English soccer match Premier League match between Southampton and Brighton and Hove Albion at the AMEX Stadium, Brighton, England, Sunday April 24, 2022. Burnley's Matej Vydra, right, celebrates scoring with team mate Wout Weghorst during the English Premier League football match at Turf Moor, Burnley, England , Sunday April 24, 2022. Chelsea's Christian Pulisic celebrates after scoring the only goal of the game during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge in London, Sunday April 24, 2022. MANCHESTER , England (AP) - Staying in the slipstream of Manchester City in the Premier League title race hasn't been Liverpool's one zen reason to celebrate after winning another fast and furious Merseyside Derby. Liverpool's 2-0 win at Anfield on Sunday also put Everton in the relegation zone, leaving their neighbor's 68-year stay in England's top flight in deep doubt with a month remaining. Second-half goals from Andrew Robertson and Divock Origi handed Liverpool in a game that ended with the cheering home fans chanting 'Going down, going down' to their rivals from across Stanley Park. A dismal day for Everton ended with relegation rivals Burnley, who won a second straight game since sacking their longtime manager Sean Dyche in a 1-0 home win against Wolverhampton. It left Everton third from bottom and two points behind Burnley, who eventually climbed out of the relegation zone. Everton, who have played in the top division every year since the 1954/55 season, have played a game less than Burnley but have had a tough run-in with games against Chelsea, Arsenal and in-form Brentford. More importantly for Liverpool, the team are once again a point behind City with five games remaining in a title race that looks set for last weekend. In other games, Chelsea scored in the 90th minute through Christian Pulisic to beat West Ham 1-0 and consolidate third place, five points ahead of Arsenal in fourth place. Everton's desperation to avoid another morale-sapping defeat on the road saw the team take the skill of the game to a new level, clearly an approach by manager Frank Lampard that could have come straight from the playbook of a former mentor. Jose Mourinho famously arrived at Anfield with Chelsea in 2014 and secured a win that derailed the Reds' title bid. Everton couldn't quite keep up with that, but still frustrated Liverpool and the home fans and created something of an old-school derby feel as the tackles flew in, the players rushed at each other and even the managers exchanged words. "The game plan called for them to be one of the best teams in the world with what they've been doing to other teams lately," said Lampard, perhaps a nod to Liverpool's 4-0 win over Manchester United on Tuesday. The arrival of Origi - mostly overlooked this season - as a substitute after the hour proved crucial as his breakthrough performance added to his Derby legacy. He was involved in Robertson's goal, a header from a clever cross from Mohamed Salah, then headed in from close range five minutes from time to end his sixth goal in nine derbies. Everton, meanwhile, have six games to salvage their season. Since the end of Dyche's nine-year tenure as manager, Burnley have seen a different team, attacking more and even moving away from their tried and true 4-4-2 formation against Wolves, rather than playing three up front. Two of the strikers combined to score, Weghorst crossed for Matej Vydra to score in the 62nd goal. What to plant in May When and how to repot indoor plants Burnley are now just two points behind Leeds, who face Crystal Palace on Monday and were once again in danger of relegation. "Based on those results alone, I think what they've accomplished this week will help the group psychologically, will bring them together even more," said interim manager Mike Jackson, who wasn't sure if he'd still be in charge of the big one Match next weekend at the penultimate Watford. Pulisic could get more playing time at Chelsea. Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has favored a front three of Timo Werner and Mason Mount on either side of Kai Havertz in recent weeks and said Pulisic has "struggled a bit" since returning from the international break in March when he had three games against the United States. Pulisic converted a Marcos Alonso cross to save the blush from team-mate Jorginho, who scored a tame penalty against West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianksi in the 87th minute after his typical hop-and-skip run.

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Premier League result and final score as Divock Origi goal seals Derby victory

All the reactions and updates from Anfield in a crucial Merseyside derby for both teams (Author: Gardener)

Divock OrigiFollow the live reactions as Liverpool kept their Premier League title challenge on course as they beat a struggling and tenacious Everton side at Anfield to leave their Merseyside rivals in the relegation zone. The Reds were frustrated by the visitors in a lively derby until Andy Robertson broke the deadlock midway through the second half when the full-back found Mohamed Salah's cross at the back post in front of the Kop. Substitutes Luis Diaz and Divock Origi then sealed the win together – with the Belgian striker scoring another derby goal against Everton in a brilliant double change from Jurgen Klopp. The result sees Liverpool close the gap with Manchester City to one point with five games left of the season, while Everton are in serious danger after Burnley's win over Wolves earlier in the day saw Frank Lampard's side finish in the bottom three has fallen. * FT: Reds close on Man City, Everton remain in last three 85' Origi comes off the bench and scores another derby goal against Everton * HT: Everton frustrates Anfield and reaches break 0-0 Liverpool got that Double made Everton. Second-half goals from Andy Robertson and Luis Diaz finally put Everton's spirited determination to bed. Frank Lampard's side showed great character in the first 45 minutes and created a couple of half-chances in the second period. But it was Jurgen Klopp's side that always saw the dominant team and eventually secured the three points. Liverpool move a point away from the top. Everton remain on the relegation zone. 90+2 mins: Three minutes of added time and Alisson has just sent the Liverpool crowd into fits of laughter. The Liverpool goalkeeper mimicked Jordan Pickford in the first half, dropping to the ground from a cross. 90 mins: Richarlison kicked Henderson while the Englishman was down. The Brazilian may have stuck his cleats in the Liverpool captain's leg but a yellow card was arguably the right decision. 89 mins: Dele Alli leaves a foot in Henderson and goes in Stuart Attwell's book. 87 mins: Frank Lampard's men have given everything but they will leave with nothing. Divock Origi has put this one to bed and Liverpool are once again hot on their heels for Manchester City. Origi again against Everton! He has another target, and it's one he can't miss. Robertson's corner reaches Henderson at the back post. He sends it back into the box for Diaz, who scissors kicks it across the box, and it hops friendly on Origi to go home in the six-yard box. 84th minute: almost 2-0. Salah breaks and finds the onrushing Thiago testing Pickford with a deflected try but the England number one is a match for him. 84 mins: A reminder that Liverpool will close the gap to Manchester City to one point at the top of the table. Everton will remain in the relegation zone, two points behind Burnley with a game in hand. 82 mins: Salah and Origi reconnect neatly in the bottom right. Salah's cross is tame but Holgate somehow slices it behind him only for her to happily jump into Pickford's arms. Club captain Jordan Henderson replaces Diogo Jota. Dele Alli gets behind Alexander-Arnold and puts it across for Iwobi, but Robertson's boot gets in ahead of him to hook the ball from two yards out! Liverpool haven't gotten the job done yet. 78 mins: Salomon Rondon comes on for Demarai Gray. Everton earn a free-kick on the right, in the middle of the Liverpool half. Mykolenko takes it into a dangerous area and Alisson is only able to punch his own player in the chest but luckily it bounces safely before Liverpool are awarded a foul. 77 mins: Origi plays a decent one-two with Salah before going down under a challenge from Keane. 75 mins: Dele Alli's first act is to shove Thiago when the Liverpool man plays a simple pass down the center line. Liverpool have held the ball for a few minutes now. They know Everton have to open up and try to get something and that will play into Klopp's side's hands. 73 minutes: Substitute for Everton. 72 mins: Everton have been pinned in their own half since the Liverpool goal 10 minutes ago... SO CLOSE FOR EVERTON! Eventually they break out through Gordon. He takes the shot from the edge of the box and it whistles past the post! Everton came the closest, the 70mins: Despite all Everton's hard work, they are still ready to leave Anfield with nothing to show. Diaz, who has been sensational since coming on, ties Coleman in knots before forcing a corner with a shot off the Everton captain's leg. Here's how Andy Robertson broke the deadlock for Liverpool in the Merseyside derby. 67 min: Origi heads in on a cross from the right, but it drifts harmlessly past the goal. Pickford flaps from an Alexander Arnold corner before Matip's header is cleared off the line by Holgate. Salah then tries from 15 meters and it just goes over the top. 64 minutes: Absolutely ridiculous from Diaz! The Liverpool crowd is on their feet and newboy Diaz is giving them exactly what they want. He controls a crossfield ball with the boldest of touches before driving into the box and forcing a corner with a dangerous low cross. 62 minutes: THERE IS THE BREAKTHROUGH! It's taken more than an hour but finally Liverpool have got the target they were looking for! Origi connects to Salah and the Egyptian puts up a cross for someone to attack. Robertson accepts the invitation at the back post as he heads home from close range. 62 mins: Can the introduction of new legs give Liverpool the advantage they need to secure the three points here? Everton are still defending resolutely and are now offering more on the counterattack. 60 mins: Naby Keita and Sadio Mane make way for Divock Origi and Luis Diaz. 60 minutes: Alexander-Arnold whips a beautiful cross into the penalty area, which is only cleared halfway. It falls to Robertson, who tries his luck on the edge of the box, but Coleman hits him back for a corner. Everton clear the corner and here comes the Liverpool changes... 58 mins: Everton are taking more risks now and that could ultimately play into Liverpool's hands as there will be more space at the back. However, Gordon breaks again for Everton! He brilliantly punches the ball past Keita and Alexander-Arnold cynically pulls it out. Liverpool are not comfortable in this game. Anthony Gordon becomes the star of this match. The resulting free kick is watched by Iwobi, but nobody is there to save it. 56 mins: Frank Lampard was furious with that penalty. He spins Matip around and tries to hit the back corner with a low shot, but he pulls it far badly. Everton have to take such risks. 54 minutes: Penalty for Everton. Iwobi feeds Gordon at the break and Matip comes over with his arm to bring down the Everton man. 53 mins: Lovely Liverpool connection as Matip, Keita and Jota all exchange decent passes on the edge of the box before it falls to Mane. The hosts need more of that if they want to pull Everton out of position and create the openings. 52 mins: Liverpool pile forward, leaving themselves unprotected as Doucoure feeds Iwobi in the bottom left. It's two against two but Iwobi can't find a way past Matip who sets him up brilliantly. 50 mins: Everton have been pinned early in this second half and Liverpool fans are feeling this could be the moment to break the visitors' resolve. Salah hacks a pass out to Alexander-Arnold but his cross is in the arms of Pickford - who kills another 15 or 20 seconds. 48 mins: Robertson swings in the corner and Holgate gets up to head clear. It's only as far as Keita, however, as the Liverpool midfielder tries his luck with the half-volley but it swings wide of the post. 47 mins: Everton return straight to their low block while Liverpool look for an opener. It's the same for both teams, and nothing will change in terms of personnel for either manager. Robertson forces a corner from Gray and the Kop is in full voice. Liverpool have 45 minutes to find a breakthrough. Everton have 45 minutes to hold out. Moments away from the second half at Anfield. Would be a huge blow to Liverpool's title ambitions if they couldn't find a way forward in the next 45 minutes. Likewise, it would be a huge boost for Everton who would be unbeaten in three games. It really cannot be overstated how playful Everton were in that first half. Hit the deck, "lose" the ball, dive, I could go on. They're doing everything they can to stay in the Premier League and I can't figure out if I loathe it or respect it. To illustrate how well Everton restricted Liverpool in that first half, the Toffees actually had a higher goal expectation than the home side. Half Time: This is break and quite surprisingly goalless between Liverpool and Everton. Frank Lampard's men did well to negate Liverpool with their solid defensive structure. Sadio Mane and Mo Salah had half-chances but overall it was a very impressive display from the visitors. Jurgen Klopp has a lot to think about and needs to instruct his players effectively if they want to take all three points in this game. 45+1 mins: Pickford collects an easy cross and then hits the deck to waste more seconds. The Liverpool fans are not entertained. 45 mins: Mane was booked for poking Holgate in the face as both sets of players came to blows. There are two minutes of stoppage time. 45 mins: Richarlison is back down but Liverpool correctly don't kick the ball out of play. Absolute chaos as Everton players demand the ball be kicked out. In the end, Doucoure hacks Fabinho down while the Liverpool team sprint to him for a nasty challenge. There is a lot of pushing and shoving and Doucoure gets a yellow card for the first tackle. 44 mins: Salah plays a brace with Keita before trying to whip one into the far corner but it's a couple of yards. Very quiet half time for Liverpool. 42 mins: Richarlison is down after heading the ball clear. Injured by header. He knows what his rivals are trying to do on Merseyside. 40 mins: Salah throws a ball to Mane at the back post. He tries to nod down the middle for Jota but Holgate is there to take the threat out once more. Keita then finds Jota in a dangerous position in the box but Mykolenko knocks him off his feet and into another Liverpool corner. Alexander-Arnold delivers and hits Richarlison at the front post. 38 mins: Jordan Pickford is booed every time the ball goes wide for a goal kick. To be fair, he averages about a minute per kick. Liverpool's attacking players were kept worryingly quiet in those first 38 minutes at Anfield. 36 mins: Liverpool are struggling to find the gaps in this 11-man Everton defence. Once they try to string some passes together in the final third, there's a blue shirt to shut them down. Fabinho tries to hit Salah with one over the top but Mykolenko heads clear. 34 minutes: Chance for Everton! 34 minutes: Chance for Everton! Thiago is caught in possession and Richarlison quickly sends the ball to Doucoure who has room to shoot. The midfielder attacks but shoots wide of the far post under pressure from Matip. 32 mins: This time Thiago gets Salah out with a pretty delicious crossfield pass. He slices inside before Allan puts him back for another corner. Everton clearly climbs the standard situation again. Liverpool shifts into second gear. Robertson pulls a ball back for Jota, but his attempt misses the mark. 30 mins: Alexander-Arnold sends the corner in but Keane clears a header. Thiago then tries to single out the Liverpool right-back with a Crossfield pass but he found himself in an offside position. Everton are defending well as we go into the last 15 minutes of the first half. 28 min: Jürgen Klopp wants to see more of Jota and Salah in the last third. However, temperatures are rising at Anfield Road. Liverpool's resulting free-kick is whipped dangerously by Robertson and Holgate flicks it back for a corner. 26 minutes: Oh, hello! Pickford kicks an 80-yard pass right at Gordon's feet. He slices into it before descending into the area under a "challenge" from Keita. Referee Craig Pawson thinks it's a nosedive and books Gordon. 24 mins: Richarlison receives the ball right inside the Liverpool penalty area and manages to force a corner despite being surrounded by three red shirts. Gordon swings it in and Mane heads it out of harm's way. 22 mins: The first sight of the goal for Liverpool falls to Sadio Mane. Thiago hisses the ball into Mane's feet, who takes a central position on the edge of the box. The Senegalese forward takes a touch and turns towards goal before firing a well-placed shot over the bar. 20 mins: Thiago looks for Salah at the back post but Pickford is determined to come out and hit the ball and he's doing well to claim it in front of the Egyptian. Everton are looking to create an opportunity of their own to cross but Gordon's delivery is far outpaced and Liverpool are once again able to stack up front. Not many clear chances for either side. 18 mins: Alexander-Arnold brings Gordon down for the second time in under 60 seconds and this time Everton decide in their own half. Keane plays a long diagonal from the free kick, but drifts aimlessly out of the game. 16 mins: Richarlison finds Gray cantering through the middle. He slices into one, two, three challenges before releasing a venomous shot which is blocked by Fabinho. Liverpool lacks this fun in the early stages. Guilty of giving it away on the edge of the Everton box. Gordon charges down the left flank and beats Alexander-Arnold at pace before going down. It looked like a jab from the Liverpool man but no free kick is awarded. 14 mins: Salah flashes his sparkling feet to burst past Iwobi but then fouls Mykolenko as he tries to slide past him on the touchline. Another soft free kick but there was a small contact. Matip brings Richarlison off the ball and runs him out for a Liverpool goal kick. 12 mins: Everton have everyone behind the ball when Liverpool have possession - understandably. In the last third, the hosts don't really get going, even if they dominate the ball. They have made 98 passes to Everton's SEVEN so far. 10 mins: Richarlison goes down after being punched in the face by Fabinho while the Liverpool man ran with the ball. Not much in it, massive overreaction from the Everton man. Salah deftly trades with Fabinho before Holgate comes over to flee the danger in his own box. 8 mins: Gray tries to find Richarlison through the middle but the Brazilian can't make it down the stretch and Alisson is able to collect himself safely. Alexander-Arnold then plays a sloppy pass straight at Gordon but gets away with it as the Everton man fails to keep him in play with a bad touch. 6 mins: Demarai Gray has an effort on goal but it goes tamely into the Liverpool wall before Jota gives the hosts a throw-in. 5 mins: Everton finally have possession and Anthony Gordon slides past Thiago before being brought down. Free kick from a central position 25 meters from the goal. Early chance for the Toffees to test Alisson. 4 mins: Salah bursts down the right side and seems to smack Anthony Gordon quite a bit when he slices inside, but the Everton man hits the deck and wins a cheap free-kick. But the ball is right back with the hosts. Liverpool barely gave their guest rivals a kick in the opening four minutes. 2 mins: Anfield absolutely rocks here on Sunday afternoon/evening. Liverpool are on the ball straight away as Everton fall into their defensive structure. 1 minute: HERE WE GO! 1 minute: HERE WE GO! 1 minute: HERE WE GO! The Merseyside derby is taking place at Anfield. But it's just as big for Everton and Frank Lampard. They start the afternoon in the bottom three for the first time this season. A nerve-wracking situation ahead of a game against in-form local rivals at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp knows his team has to win today. They start the game four points behind Manchester City. The players prepare to step onto Anfield pitch in front of a raucous crowd in Liverpool. Expectation for Liverpool fans. Scared of Everton supporters? Away from the Merseyside derby, Thomas Tuchel has just confirmed Antonio Rudiger will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season. “He is a key figure and will remain so until the end of the season. For me he is one of the top defenders of the last year and a half. Sorry Everton fans but that's a pretty damning statistic. Do any Toffees fans actually believe their team can win here today? Oh dear, bad news for Everton. Read our report on Chelsea's win over West Ham here. It was a pretty weak game that burst into life with a lot of final shocks at the end! Frank Lampard says "we have to do everything right" to get anything from today's trip to Anfield. Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp carefully watches the Everton players warm up. Suddenly this game is absolutely seismic for both Merseyside clubs. Liverpool can reduce the gap to Manchester City to just one point with a win. Everton now need a win to get out of the bottom three following Burnley's win over Wolves. Southampton fought back, two goals down, to level their other early kick-off against Brighton. Full time: Chelsea made it in the end. After a torrid first half of football, Chelsea finally got off to a late start and found the winner through substitute Christian Pulisic. Jorginho was spared a blush after rolling a sad penalty into the arms of Lukasz Fabianski after Craig Dawson's foul on Romelu Lukaku. Dawson was also shown a red card for refusing an apparent scoring opportunity. But despite Jorginho's penalty error, Pulisic finally broke an exhausted West Ham side in the final moments of the game to give Chelsea their first home win in four games. Everton are now two points behind Burnley ahead of the 4.30pm Merseyside derby. 90+3 mins: Chelsea are now flailing the ball around with confidence as they watch this against the tired West Ham 1-man. 90+1 mins: Mount fires a shot just over the bar. Chelsea woke up in stoppage time at the end of the game. There is at least four minutes of stoppage time. 90 minutes: Right on death! Mount finds Alonso on the left and pulls back for Pulisic, who rolls the ball into the far corner! 89 minutes: After all that – red card and penalty – it remains goalless. 85 minutes: As expected, Craig Dawson is sent off. 85 min: VAR also checks whether it was a clear chance to score. That means Dawson's yellow card is upgraded to a red here. Thiago Silva plays a long ball and Lukaku is through on goal before Dawson drags him to the ground. 84 mins: Azpilicueta sends in a cross from the right and Lukaku gets there ahead of Dawson, before going for the West Ham defender's chest and for the corner. However, nothing will come of the set piece. It's all the way back to Mendy. 82 mins: Alonso goes in the book for a reckless elbow in Soucek's head while struggling for a high ball. Chelsea are clearly getting frustrated now. 80 minutes: One has the feeling that there will be at least one more great chance in this game. The momentum now seems to be with Chelsea but West Ham are threatened with a break from a fresh Jarrod Bowen. Ziyech tries to find Lukaku in the middle with a cross but gets it horribly wrong and West Ham have a goal kick. 79 minutes: My mistake, Havertz left earlier than Mount. Meanwhile, West Ham make another change. 77 minutes: Werner, Loftus-Cheek and Havertz out for Lukaku, Ziyech and Pulisic. Big shake with 13 minutes left. 76 mins: Havertz escapes on the right but Johnson gets there first to avert his cross. Then Kante receives the ball in the penalty area, but his shot is blocked. Here come three changes for Chelsea... Mount's initial corner comes back to him. He puts it down on Alonso, who sends the cross into the box and it falls friendly to Werner, who flicks it into the top corner but Fabianski saves. 73 mins: Jarrod Bowen comes on for Andriy Yarmolenko. David Moyes won't settle for a point here today. Mount has time to send a cross in from the left touchline and somehow she dodges Werner, Havertz and Loftus-Cheek! Not sure how that managed to miss three Chelsea players and four West Ham defenders. Yarmolenko charges down to the right, cutting inside and shooting an attempt from Mendy's body. Then Chelsea erupt and Mount's fierce attempt is AGAIN superbly blocked by Dawson before Werner's follow-up shot is fired into the side netting from close range. 68 mins: Fornals gallops forward and tries to shove a pass into Yarmolenko, but he puts far too much on the through ball and Mendy is able to collect. Thiago Silva then charges through the center of the pitch before firing a shot that cannons Werner into an offside position. 66 mins: Chelsea smacks the ball around down the center line but has very little desire to move it forward convincingly. 64 mins: It seems like this is the only one of the three games this afternoon that even the players are disinterested in.

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Liverpool win derby and relegate Everton to EPL relegation zone

MANCHESTER, England (AP) - Slipstreaming from Manchester City in Premier... (Author: Gardener)

LiverpoolLiverpool's Divock Origi, left, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal of the game during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, England on Sunday April 24, 2022. Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates after the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Sunday, April 24, 2022. Everton's Vitaliy Mykolenko kneels after the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield - Liverpool Stadium, England, Sunday, April 24, 2022. Liverpool's Andrew Robertson celebrates after scoring his first goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, England on Sunday, April 24. achieved in 2022. Everton's head coach Frank Lampard gestures during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Everton at the Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Sunday, April 24, 2022. Brighton and Hove Albion's Danny Welbeck scores their side's first goal during the English soccer match Premier League match between Southampton and Brighton and Hove Albion at the AMEX Stadium, Brighton, England, Sunday April 24, 2022. Burnley's Matej Vydra, right, celebrates scoring with team mate Wout Weghorst during the English Premier League football match at Turf Moor, Burnley, England , Sunday April 24, 2022. Chelsea's Christian Pulisic celebrates after scoring the only goal of the game during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge in London, Sunday April 24, 2022. Chelsea won the game 1-0. MANCHESTER, England (AP) - Staying in the slipstream of Manchester City in the Premier League title race wasn't Liverpool's only reason to celebrate after winning another fast and furious Merseyside derby. Liverpool's 2-0 win at Anfield on Sunday also put Everton in the relegation zone, leaving their neighbor's 68-year stay in England's top flight in deep doubt with a month remaining. Second-half goals from Andrew Robertson and Divock Origi handed Liverpool in a game that ended with the cheering home fans chanting 'Going down, going down' to their rivals from across Stanley Park. A dismal day for Everton ended with relegation rivals Burnley, who won a second straight game since sacking their longtime manager Sean Dyche in a 1-0 home win against Wolverhampton. It left Everton third from bottom and two points behind Burnley, who eventually climbed out of the relegation zone. Everton, who have played in the top division every year since the 1954/55 season, have played a game less than Burnley but have had a tough run-in with games against Chelsea, Arsenal and in-form Brentford. More importantly for Liverpool, the team are once again a point behind City with five games remaining in a title race that looks set for last weekend. In other games, Chelsea scored in the 90th minute through Christian Pulisic to beat West Ham 1-0 and consolidate third place, five points ahead of Arsenal in fourth place. Everton's desperation to avoid another morale-sapping defeat on the road saw the team take the skill of the game to a new level, clearly an approach by manager Frank Lampard that could have come straight from the playbook of a former mentor. Jose Mourinho famously arrived at Anfield with Chelsea in 2014 and secured a win that derailed the Reds' title bid. Everton couldn't quite keep up with that, but still frustrated Liverpool and the home fans and created something of an old-school derby feel as the tackles flew in, the players rushed at each other and even the managers exchanged words. "The game plan called for them to be one of the best teams in the world with what they've been doing to other teams lately," said Lampard, perhaps a nod to Liverpool's 4-0 win over Manchester United on Tuesday. The arrival of Origi - mostly overlooked this season - as a substitute after the hour proved crucial as his breakthrough performance added to his Derby legacy. He was involved in Robertson's goal, a header from a clever cross from Mohamed Salah, then headed in from close range five minutes from time to end his sixth goal in nine derbies. Liverpool's quadruple chase comes to Wednesday when Villarreal visit in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final. Everton, meanwhile, have six games to salvage their season. Since the end of Dyche's nine-year tenure as manager, Burnley have seen a different team, attacking more and even moving away from their tried and true 4-4-2 formation against Wolves, rather than playing three up front. Two of the strikers combined to score, Weghorst crossed for Matej Vydra to score in the 62nd goal. Weatherford College's Owen Woodward, who tackled the batter, eliminated the team, punished others as well. Burnley are now just two points behind Leeds, who play Crystal Palace on Monday and have been pulled back into relegation danger. "Based on those results alone, I think what they've accomplished this week will help the group psychologically, will bring them together even more," said interim manager Mike Jackson, who wasn't sure if he'd still be in charge of the big one Match next weekend at the penultimate Watford. Pulisic could get more playing time at Chelsea. Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has favored a front three of Timo Werner and Mason Mount on either side of Kai Havertz in recent weeks and said Pulisic has "struggled a bit" since returning from the international break in March when he had three games against the United States. "He fought energetically, that was my impression, on and off the field," said Tuchel. Pulisic converted a Marcos Alonso cross to save the blush from team-mate Jorginho, who scored a tame penalty against West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianksi in the 87th minute after his typical hop-and-skip run.

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Premier League result and final score as Divock Origi goal seals Derby victory

All the reactions and updates from Anfield in a crucial Merseyside derby for both teams (Author: Gardener)

Divock OrigiFollow the live reactions as Liverpool kept their Premier League title challenge on course as they beat a struggling and tenacious Everton side at Anfield to leave their Merseyside rivals in the relegation zone. The Reds were frustrated by the visitors in a lively derby until Andy Robertson broke the deadlock midway through the second half when the full-back found Mohamed Salah's cross at the back post in front of the Kop. Substitutes Luis Diaz and Divock Origi then sealed the win together – with the Belgian striker scoring another derby goal against Everton in a brilliant double change from Jurgen Klopp. The result sees Liverpool close the gap with Manchester City to one point with five games left of the season, while Everton are in serious danger after Burnley's win over Wolves earlier in the day saw Frank Lampard's side finish in the bottom three has fallen. * FT: Reds close on Man City, Everton remain in last three 85' Origi comes off the bench and scores another derby goal against Everton * HT: Everton frustrates Anfield and reaches break 0-0 Liverpool got that Double made Everton. Second-half goals from Andy Robertson and Luis Diaz finally put Everton's spirited determination to bed. Frank Lampard's side showed great character in the first 45 minutes and created a couple of half-chances in the second period. But it was Jurgen Klopp's side that always saw the dominant team and eventually secured the three points. Liverpool move a point away from the top. Everton remain on the relegation zone. 90+2 mins: Three minutes of added time and Alisson has just sent the Liverpool crowd into fits of laughter. The Liverpool goalkeeper mimicked Jordan Pickford in the first half, dropping to the ground from a cross. 90 mins: Richarlison kicked Henderson while the Englishman was down. The Brazilian may have stuck his cleats in the Liverpool captain's leg but a yellow card was arguably the right decision. 89 mins: Dele Alli leaves a foot in Henderson and goes in Stuart Attwell's book. 87 mins: Frank Lampard's men have given everything but they will leave with nothing. Divock Origi has put this one to bed and Liverpool are once again hot on their heels for Manchester City. Origi again against Everton! He has another target, and it's one he can't miss. Robertson's corner reaches Henderson at the back post. He sends it back into the box for Diaz, who scissors kicks it across the box, and it hops friendly on Origi to go home in the six-yard box. 84th minute: almost 2-0. Salah breaks and finds the onrushing Thiago testing Pickford with a deflected try but the England number one is a match for him. 84 mins: A reminder that Liverpool will close the gap to Manchester City to one point at the top of the table. Everton will remain in the relegation zone, two points behind Burnley with a game in hand. 82 mins: Salah and Origi reconnect neatly in the bottom right. Salah's cross is tame but Holgate somehow slices it behind him only for her to happily jump into Pickford's arms. Club captain Jordan Henderson replaces Diogo Jota. Dele Alli gets behind Alexander-Arnold and puts it across for Iwobi, but Robertson's boot gets in ahead of him to hook the ball from two yards out! Liverpool haven't gotten the job done yet. 78 mins: Salomon Rondon comes on for Demarai Gray. Everton earn a free-kick on the right, in the middle of the Liverpool half. Mykolenko takes it into a dangerous area and Alisson is only able to punch his own player in the chest but luckily it bounces safely before Liverpool are awarded a foul. 77 mins: Origi plays a decent one-two with Salah before going down under a challenge from Keane. 75 mins: Dele Alli's first act is to shove Thiago when the Liverpool man plays a simple pass down the center line. Liverpool have held the ball for a few minutes now. They know Everton have to open up and try to get something and that will play into Klopp's side's hands. 73 minutes: Substitute for Everton. 72 mins: Everton have been pinned in their own half since the Liverpool goal 10 minutes ago... SO CLOSE FOR EVERTON! Eventually they break out through Gordon. He takes the shot from the edge of the box and it whistles past the post! Everton came the closest, the 70mins: Despite all Everton's hard work, they are still ready to leave Anfield with nothing to show. Diaz, who has been sensational since coming on, ties Coleman in knots before forcing a corner with a shot off the Everton captain's leg. Here's how Andy Robertson broke the deadlock for Liverpool in the Merseyside derby. 67 min: Origi heads in on a cross from the right, but it drifts harmlessly past the goal. Pickford flaps from an Alexander Arnold corner before Matip's header is cleared off the line by Holgate. Salah then tries from 15 meters and it just goes over the top. 64 minutes: Absolutely ridiculous from Diaz! The Liverpool crowd is on their feet and newboy Diaz is giving them exactly what they want. He controls a crossfield ball with the boldest of touches before driving into the box and forcing a corner with a dangerous low cross. 62 minutes: THERE IS THE BREAKTHROUGH! It's taken more than an hour but finally Liverpool have got the target they were looking for! Origi connects to Salah and the Egyptian puts up a cross for someone to attack. Robertson accepts the invitation at the back post as he heads home from close range. 62 mins: Can the introduction of new legs give Liverpool the advantage they need to secure the three points here? Everton are still defending resolutely and are now offering more on the counterattack. 60 mins: Naby Keita and Sadio Mane make way for Divock Origi and Luis Diaz. 60 minutes: Alexander-Arnold whips a beautiful cross into the penalty area, which is only cleared halfway. It falls to Robertson, who tries his luck on the edge of the box, but Coleman hits him back for a corner. Everton clear the corner and here comes the Liverpool changes... 58 mins: Everton are taking more risks now and that could ultimately play into Liverpool's hands as there will be more space at the back. However, Gordon breaks again for Everton! He brilliantly punches the ball past Keita and Alexander-Arnold cynically pulls it out. Liverpool are not comfortable in this game. Anthony Gordon becomes the star of this match. The resulting free kick is watched by Iwobi, but nobody is there to save it. 56 mins: Frank Lampard was furious with that penalty. He spins Matip around and tries to hit the back corner with a low shot, but he pulls it far badly. Everton have to take such risks. 54 minutes: Penalty for Everton. Iwobi feeds Gordon at the break and Matip comes over with his arm to bring down the Everton man. 53 mins: Lovely Liverpool connection as Matip, Keita and Jota all exchange decent passes on the edge of the box before it falls to Mane. The hosts need more of that if they want to pull Everton out of position and create the openings. 52 mins: Liverpool pile forward, leaving themselves unprotected as Doucoure feeds Iwobi in the bottom left. It's two against two but Iwobi can't find a way past Matip who sets him up brilliantly. 50 mins: Everton have been pinned early in this second half and Liverpool fans are feeling this could be the moment to break the visitors' resolve. Salah hacks a pass out to Alexander-Arnold but his cross is in the arms of Pickford - who kills another 15 or 20 seconds. 48 mins: Robertson swings in the corner and Holgate gets up to head clear. It's only as far as Keita, however, as the Liverpool midfielder tries his luck with the half-volley but it swings wide of the post. 47 mins: Everton return straight to their low block while Liverpool look for an opener. It's the same for both teams, and nothing will change in terms of personnel for either manager. Robertson forces a corner from Gray and the Kop is in full voice. Liverpool have 45 minutes to find a breakthrough. Everton have 45 minutes to hold out. Moments away from the second half at Anfield. Would be a huge blow to Liverpool's title ambitions if they couldn't find a way forward in the next 45 minutes. Likewise, it would be a huge boost for Everton who would be unbeaten in three games. It really cannot be overstated how playful Everton were in that first half. Hit the deck, "lose" the ball, dive, I could go on. They're doing everything they can to stay in the Premier League and I can't figure out if I loathe it or respect it. To illustrate how well Everton restricted Liverpool in that first half, the Toffees actually had a higher goal expectation than the home side. Half Time: This is break and quite surprisingly goalless between Liverpool and Everton. Frank Lampard's men did well to negate Liverpool with their solid defensive structure. Sadio Mane and Mo Salah had half-chances but overall it was a very impressive display from the visitors. Jurgen Klopp has a lot to think about and needs to instruct his players effectively if they want to take all three points in this game. 45+1 mins: Pickford collects an easy cross and then hits the deck to waste more seconds. The Liverpool fans are not entertained. 45 mins: Mane was booked for poking Holgate in the face as both sets of players came to blows. There are two minutes of stoppage time. 45 mins: Richarlison is back down but Liverpool correctly don't kick the ball out of play. Absolute chaos as Everton players demand the ball be kicked out. In the end, Doucoure hacks Fabinho down while the Liverpool team sprint to him for a nasty challenge. There is a lot of pushing and shoving and Doucoure gets a yellow card for the first tackle. 44 mins: Salah plays a brace with Keita before trying to whip one into the far corner but it's a couple of yards. Very quiet half time for Liverpool. 42 mins: Richarlison is down after heading the ball clear. Injured by header. He knows what his rivals are trying to do on Merseyside. 40 mins: Salah throws a ball to Mane at the back post. He tries to nod down the middle for Jota but Holgate is there to take the threat out once more. Keita then finds Jota in a dangerous position in the box but Mykolenko knocks him off his feet and into another Liverpool corner. Alexander-Arnold delivers and hits Richarlison at the front post. 38 mins: Jordan Pickford is booed every time the ball goes wide for a goal kick. To be fair, he averages about a minute per kick. Liverpool's attacking players were kept worryingly quiet in those first 38 minutes at Anfield. 36 mins: Liverpool are struggling to find the gaps in this 11-man Everton defence. Once they try to string some passes together in the final third, there's a blue shirt to shut them down. Fabinho tries to hit Salah with one over the top but Mykolenko heads clear. 34 minutes: Chance for Everton! 34 minutes: Chance for Everton! Thiago is caught in possession and Richarlison quickly sends the ball to Doucoure who has room to shoot. The midfielder attacks but shoots wide of the far post under pressure from Matip. 32 mins: This time Thiago gets Salah out with a pretty delicious crossfield pass. He slices inside before Allan puts him back for another corner. Everton clearly climbs the standard situation again. Liverpool shifts into second gear. Robertson pulls a ball back for Jota, but his attempt misses the mark. 30 mins: Alexander-Arnold sends the corner in but Keane clears a header. Thiago then tries to single out the Liverpool right-back with a Crossfield pass but he found himself in an offside position. Everton are defending well as we go into the last 15 minutes of the first half. 28 min: Jürgen Klopp wants to see more of Jota and Salah in the last third. However, temperatures are rising at Anfield Road. Liverpool's resulting free-kick is whipped dangerously by Robertson and Holgate flicks it back for a corner. 26 minutes: Oh, hello! Pickford kicks an 80-yard pass right at Gordon's feet. He slices into it before descending into the area under a "challenge" from Keita. Referee Craig Pawson thinks it's a nosedive and books Gordon. 24 mins: Richarlison receives the ball right inside the Liverpool penalty area and manages to force a corner despite being surrounded by three red shirts. Gordon swings it in and Mane heads it out of harm's way. 22 mins: The first sight of the goal for Liverpool falls to Sadio Mane. Thiago hisses the ball into Mane's feet, who takes a central position on the edge of the box. The Senegalese forward takes a touch and turns towards goal before firing a well-placed shot over the bar. 20 mins: Thiago looks for Salah at the back post but Pickford is determined to come out and hit the ball and he's doing well to claim it in front of the Egyptian. Everton are looking to create an opportunity of their own to cross but Gordon's delivery is far outpaced and Liverpool are once again able to stack up front. Not many clear chances for either side. 18 mins: Alexander-Arnold brings Gordon down for the second time in under 60 seconds and this time Everton decide in their own half. Keane plays a long diagonal from the free kick, but drifts aimlessly out of the game. 16 mins: Richarlison finds Gray cantering through the middle. He slices into one, two, three challenges before releasing a venomous shot which is blocked by Fabinho. Liverpool lacks this fun in the early stages. Guilty of giving it away on the edge of the Everton box. Gordon charges down the left flank and beats Alexander-Arnold at pace before going down. It looked like a jab from the Liverpool man but no free kick is awarded. 14 mins: Salah flashes his sparkling feet to burst past Iwobi but then fouls Mykolenko as he tries to slide past him on the touchline. Another soft free kick but there was a small contact. Matip brings Richarlison off the ball and runs him out for a Liverpool goal kick. 12 mins: Everton have everyone behind the ball when Liverpool have possession - understandably. In the last third, the hosts don't really get going, even if they dominate the ball. They have made 98 passes to Everton's SEVEN so far. 10 mins: Richarlison goes down after being punched in the face by Fabinho while the Liverpool man ran with the ball. Not much in it, massive overreaction from the Everton man. Salah deftly trades with Fabinho before Holgate comes over to flee the danger in his own box. 8 mins: Gray tries to find Richarlison through the middle but the Brazilian can't make it down the stretch and Alisson is able to collect himself safely. Alexander-Arnold then plays a sloppy pass straight at Gordon but gets away with it as the Everton man fails to keep him in play with a bad touch. 6 mins: Demarai Gray has an effort on goal but it goes tamely into the Liverpool wall before Jota gives the hosts a throw-in. 5 mins: Everton finally have possession and Anthony Gordon slides past Thiago before being brought down. Free kick from a central position 25 meters from the goal. Early chance for the Toffees to test Alisson. 4 mins: Salah bursts down the right side and seems to smack Anthony Gordon quite a bit when he slices inside, but the Everton man hits the deck and wins a cheap free-kick. But the ball is right back with the hosts. Liverpool barely gave their guest rivals a kick in the opening four minutes. 2 mins: Anfield absolutely rocks here on Sunday afternoon/evening. Liverpool are on the ball straight away as Everton fall into their defensive structure. 1 minute: HERE WE GO! 1 minute: HERE WE GO! 1 minute: HERE WE GO! The Merseyside derby is taking place at Anfield. But it's just as big for Everton and Frank Lampard. They start the afternoon in the bottom three for the first time this season. A nerve-wracking situation ahead of a game against in-form local rivals at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp knows his team has to win today. They start the game four points behind Manchester City. The players prepare to step onto Anfield pitch in front of a raucous crowd in Liverpool. Expectation for Liverpool fans. Scared of Everton supporters? Away from the Merseyside derby, Thomas Tuchel has just confirmed Antonio Rudiger will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season. “He is a key figure and will remain so until the end of the season. For me he is one of the top defenders of the last year and a half. Sorry Everton fans but that's a pretty damning statistic. Do any Toffees fans actually believe their team can win here today? Oh dear, bad news for Everton. Read our report on Chelsea's win over West Ham here. It was a pretty weak game that burst into life with a lot of final shocks at the end! Frank Lampard says "we have to do everything right" to get anything from today's trip to Anfield. Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp carefully watches the Everton players warm up. Suddenly this game is absolutely seismic for both Merseyside clubs. Liverpool can reduce the gap to Manchester City to just one point with a win. Everton now need a win to get out of the bottom three following Burnley's win over Wolves. Southampton fought back, two goals down, to level their other early kick-off against Brighton. Full time: Chelsea made it in the end. After a torrid first half of football, Chelsea finally got off to a late start and found the winner through substitute Christian Pulisic. Jorginho was spared a blush after rolling a sad penalty into the arms of Lukasz Fabianski after Craig Dawson's foul on Romelu Lukaku. Dawson was also shown a red card for refusing an apparent scoring opportunity. But despite Jorginho's penalty error, Pulisic finally broke an exhausted West Ham side in the final moments of the game to give Chelsea their first home win in four games. Everton are now two points behind Burnley ahead of the 4.30pm Merseyside derby. 90+3 mins: Chelsea are now flailing the ball around with confidence as they watch this against the tired West Ham 1-man. 90+1 mins: Mount fires a shot just over the bar. Chelsea woke up in stoppage time at the end of the game. There is at least four minutes of stoppage time. 90 minutes: Right on death! Mount finds Alonso on the left and pulls back for Pulisic, who rolls the ball into the far corner! 89 minutes: After all that – red card and penalty – it remains goalless. 85 minutes: As expected, Craig Dawson is sent off. 85 min: VAR also checks whether it was a clear chance to score. That means Dawson's yellow card is upgraded to a red here. Thiago Silva plays a long ball and Lukaku is through on goal before Dawson drags him to the ground. 84 mins: Azpilicueta sends in a cross from the right and Lukaku gets there ahead of Dawson, before going for the West Ham defender's chest and for the corner. However, nothing will come of the set piece. It's all the way back to Mendy. 82 mins: Alonso goes in the book for a reckless elbow in Soucek's head while struggling for a high ball. Chelsea are clearly getting frustrated now. 80 minutes: One has the feeling that there will be at least one more great chance in this game. The momentum now seems to be with Chelsea but West Ham are threatened with a break from a fresh Jarrod Bowen. Ziyech tries to find Lukaku in the middle with a cross but gets it horribly wrong and West Ham have a goal kick. 79 minutes: My mistake, Havertz left earlier than Mount. Meanwhile, West Ham make another change. 77 minutes: Werner, Loftus-Cheek and Havertz out for Lukaku, Ziyech and Pulisic. Big shake with 13 minutes left. 76 mins: Havertz escapes on the right but Johnson gets there first to avert his cross. Then Kante receives the ball in the penalty area, but his shot is blocked. Here come three changes for Chelsea... Mount's initial corner comes back to him. He puts it down on Alonso, who sends the cross into the box and it falls friendly to Werner, who flicks it into the top corner but Fabianski saves. 73 mins: Jarrod Bowen comes on for Andriy Yarmolenko. David Moyes won't settle for a point here today. Mount has time to send a cross in from the left touchline and somehow she dodges Werner, Havertz and Loftus-Cheek! Not sure how that managed to miss three Chelsea players and four West Ham defenders. Yarmolenko charges down to the right, cutting inside and shooting an attempt from Mendy's body. Then Chelsea erupt and Mount's fierce attempt is AGAIN superbly blocked by Dawson before Werner's follow-up shot is fired into the side netting from close range. 68 mins: Fornals gallops forward and tries to shove a pass into Yarmolenko, but he puts far too much on the through ball and Mendy is able to collect. Thiago Silva then charges through the center of the pitch before firing a shot that cannons Werner into an offside position. 66 mins: Chelsea smacks the ball around down the center line but has very little desire to move it forward convincingly. 64 mins: It seems like this is the only one of the three games this afternoon that even the players are disinterested in.

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Divock Origi came off the bench to help Liverpool close the gap on Manchester City at the top of the table (Author: Gardener)

LiverpoolPlease use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Divock Origi came off the bench to help Liverpool close the gap on Manchester City at the top of the table. Here are the goals Liverpool scored in the Merseyside Derby #LIVEVE |🔴🔵 pic.twitter.com/2oTGf8ibhT - Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 24, 2022 🗣️ "Where do you want your statue Divock Origi." 👏Origi adds added another goal against Everton to his repertoire. Salah played a give-and-go with Origi and put in a superb right cross at the far post. Jota couldn't get it but Robertson came on to plant a down header over Pickford. "Hello Rob," says Neil Hattersley. "My counterpoint to some of the views on the blog (behind my red glasses) would be that had Gordon made an effort not to hit the turf every time a breeze blew by, he would have had more sympathy from the officers." is a fair point; I'm sure it was in Stuart Attwell's head. I hate to say this, but diving is a skill - some players are much more subtle, so they're more likely to be rewarded for it. We started playing their game instead of our own game - too many interruptions and things like that. I was in a relegation battle so I know what it's like. We had to play football, be patient and create chances and luckily we managed to do that. It's my first goal at the Kop End, which is an incredible feeling. I'm delighted with all of our contributions – it's been a big week, we came through it unscathed and now we have another big week ahead of us. “It's a nice record [against Everton]. Today we needed it and in the end we got the three points, that's the most important thing. I think it was my first touch, yes [leading up to Robertson's goal]. We had to work hard to win - we know all games are tough. It's a good feeling because we've got some momentum, but we have to keep our focus.” According to the official Premier League site, Liverpool had 82.7 percent of the ball today. The Premier League record is, or certainly was, Manchester City's 82.9 per cent win over Swansea in the 2017/18 season. "Is it a wild exaggeration to think that Diaz meant that assist?" says Gerhard Aston. “He looks and plays like a champion attacking Dani Alves regeneration and that touch to control the ball on the wing changed the whole vibe – it was like, 'We're better than them, let's get this done '." I would have said not a chance if he hadn't already produced one of the best first touches I've ever seen. Everton are not the only club to have been wrong about decisions that VAR has or has not influenced.” I don't think it's a conscious bias, nor is it new, although perhaps it's even clearer in the age of VAR will. Liverpool move to a point clear of Manchester City after a tense, hard-fought win at Anfield. The introduction of Divock Origi on the hour changed the game. Within two minutes he helped score a goal for Andy Robertson and he scored the second with five minutes remaining. Everton will feel they should have had a penalty at 0-0 and Sadio Mane and Joel Matip may have been sent off. 90+1 min Richarlison fires straight at Alisson, who copies Jordan Pickford earlier in the game by dramatically falling on the ball. 90+1 min Richarlison is booked. I think there was also an argument between Coleman and Pickford afterwards. 90 min Richarlison could be in trouble here. It's halfway between a yellow card and a red card I'd say. Liverpool's Divock Origi scores his side's second goal. 89 min Dele Alli is booked for leaving one on Henderson. 88 min I still think this is a good day for Everton. 87 min Divock Origi changed this game. He got the crowd going even before he came on, had a good share of the first goal and then scored the second. Divock Origi seals victory with another goal against Everton. A corner was half cleared for Henderson on the right, and he clipped it back to Diaz at the far post. Diaz's spectacular overhead kick went straight into the ground - but rebounded perfectly for Origi to head into the net from four yards. 84 mins After a nice run from Salah, Thiago's deflected shot is repelled by Pickford. 83 min Liverpool make their final substitution with Jordan Henderson replacing Diogo Jota, who returns to the 4-3-3. 82 min "I'm not a huge Allan fan at all, but he can hold his head up high after his shift today," says Eric Peterson. “The lack of pace, which is usually so easy to exploit, becomes irrelevant when the defense remains as compact as Everton's and he has a good handle on the cauldron of emotion in him that tends to boil over a little too easily. He was the reason Liverpool struggled so much to break Everton. 81 min Salah plays a one-two with Origi and puts in a low cross that's deflected towards his own goal by Holgate. Luckily for him, it's headed straight for Jordan Pickford. 79 min: Brilliant save from Robertson! A loose ball is picked up on the left side of the area by Dele Alli, who walks away from Alexander-Arnold and stabs a low cross that's booted away by Robertson in the six-yard box. I think Iwobi would have scored without Robertson's intervention. 79 min Mykolenko's free-kick from the left is unconvincingly boxed away by Alisson. The ball hits Matip and rebounds safely for Liverpool. 78 mins "While I agree that Everton can take heart from that performance so far," says Rob Moore, "I imagine it's a lot easier to go title-chasing for a derby against your rivals than it is against Leicester or Brentford. for example. And that's all to do with rivalry and not at all against either of these two respectable teams.” I would agree if they weren't slap-bang in the middle of their relegation battle. 77 mins Origi performs a give and go with Salah and hits Keane in the area. Liverpool want a penalty; Stuart Attwell isn't interested. 76 min A quiet little magic. Liverpool are in control of the game at the moment although they would like to have a second one as soon as possible. 75 min “Sorry to be the classic bitter but why is no one in the media EVER pointing out the clear advantage of being a title chasing team and at home with the current standard Premier League officer plays?” says Philip Malcolm. "Jota could have had two reds in the first half and if Michael Keane knocks Salah down in front of the Kop that's a penalty all day." Everton were very unlucky with decisions today. However, it is difficult to place it in a larger context. We all think we know that the best teams make better decisions because it seems referees are human too, but I don't know how to quantify that. 73 min Substitution for Everton with Dele Alli replacing Allan, who has taken off his nylon/elastane socks. 72 min: So close to Gray! The brilliant Gordon fended off Matip and found Iwobi, who leveled it at Gray 25 yards away. He took a touch and hit an uphill drive that flashed just wide and hit the post behind the goal. 71 min "My weather app says it's 62 degrees in Liverpool," says Joe Pearson. 70 min Diaz's shot deflects and spins onto the top of the net. 64 min Diaz kills Alexander-Arnold's crossfield pass with an incredible first touch - sort of a flying rabona - then darts past Coleman and stabs a cross shot which is blocked by Pickford. 67 min Alexander-Arnold's left-footed cross is thrown wide by the retreating Origi. It's all Liverpool now, both in terms of possession and chances. This game is probably over. 66 min: Off the line from Holgate! Matip's header is cleared off the line by Holgate and Salah volleys over the bar. That was a really good chance for Salah. Pickford was everywhere after climbing over Jota to clear the ball. 64 min I was about to say in front of goal that whatever happens from here Everton should take as much heart from their performance today. If they can play like that at Anfield then away games really shouldn't be such a test. 63 min Apparently that was Origi's first touch of the game. 60 min Two substitutions at Liverpool with Luis Diaz and Divock Origi replacing Naby Keita and Sadio Mane. I think that means switching to 4-2-4: Diaz on the left, Salah on the right, Origi and Jota in front. 59 min. The resulting free kick is headed over the goal and wide of the goal by Iwobi. Liverpool fans chant the name of Divock Origi. 58 min Alexander-Arnold is booked for mowing down the standout Anthony Gordon, who ran 60 yards at the break. Gallery: Worst Refereeing Ever (FourFourTwo) 57 min If Everton lose this, and that remains the most likely scenario, Frank Lampard will have plenty to complain about. Sadio Mane might have been sent off and for not trying to play the ball Matip might as well have walked if he had been penalized for shoving Gordon. 56 min: Just far from Gordon! Another chance for Everton at the break. Iwobi turns a clever pass over Matip and Alexander-Arnold to find Gordon, who pulls wide with his left foot from a tight angle. 53 min: Everton's penalty appeal! Everton break three to two with Iwobi Gordon playing on the left side of the area. Matip comes over and leans against Gordon, who falls. Stuart Attwell decides it's neither a jump nor a penalty. It's definitely not a jump, but it could easily have been a penalty - it was halfway between a lean and a shove. I think that's a foul. It probably wasn't a clear and obvious error though, so I can understand why VAR didn't intervene. 52 min Jota's back heel almost falls on Keita while Mykolenko shoots the ball away. It's all Liverpool as it always was. 51 min A great, imaginative pass from Doucoure clears Iwobi down the left flank. 49 min "I would also do what Everton is doing," says Ian Copestake, "if my team were that bad." It's easy to forget. I watched this game in full and am still waiting for a refund. I didn't realize that Mane also put his hand in Holgate's face and poked him just under the eye. He probably should have gotten a yellow card for both, but it is complicated by the fact that VAR can only intervene in incidents that merit an outright red card. However, Mane is lucky enough to still be on the pitch and I suspect we'll find out more about that after the game. 47' Robertson's corner is routed to Keita, who launches a half volley from 25 yards. 47 min "In what minute exactly, if it's still 0-0, can I seriously hope that Liverpool will drop points in this game?" asks Jazi Zilber. "My psychiatrist advised me to be careful with such hopes, so I'd like to seek professional advice." 45 mins: Here we go! Richarlison goes down and holds his head again. Stuart Attwell has had enough and lets play on. That's counterproductive from Everton because it really got the crowd going. Doucoure hacks Fabinho so the game has to be paused and then it starts. Robertson pushed Pickford, Mane (I think) just put his hands on Holgate's face. It's all a bit pathetic. Liverpool and Everton players clash. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images S. TV, Lee Dixon is considering Jordan Pickford asking Stuart Atwell if he can check the ball pressure,” says Nick Blank. "Everton are really Athletico in this game and why shouldn't they?" 45+2 min Mane is also booked. No goals and no shots on goal for either team. Liverpool have been frustrated by an Everton side who have defended with admirable discipline and some unabashed cynicism. Liverpool had around 86 percent possession but Jordan Pickford had little to do except waste time before each goal kick. 45 min "Hello from Pittsburgh!" says Eric Peterson. There is one other club that no one seems to be considering as a candidate for the drop yet, but which I think is worth considering. Aston Villa sit on 37 points, having picked up just one point in their last five games and for the most part looking like this would be a highly deserved return. If Burnley keeps their momentum and Villa doesn't reverse it, there's a razor-thin chance the plot will be: 'Well, they couldn't figure out how to get Gerrard and Lampard on the same English side. Is there room for any of them in the Premier League?'” It's not impossible, but it would be quite a turn of events. I think Leeds could get involved again though. 44 min Salah plays a one-two with Keita and shoots over the goal from the edge of the box. It's not happening for Liverpool. 34 min: Just far from Doucoure! Thiago is robbed by Richarlison in the Everton half. He runs forward and plays the ball around van Dijk towards Doucoure, who storms through the inside right channel. Matip comes over and Doucoure shoots a few yards wide of the far post from a tight angle. In the end it was a tame effort but a really good break from Everton. 41 min Richarlison is holding his head and the home crowd are not happy when Stuart Attwell stops playing. He was just beheaded around a corner, if that counts for anything. 38 min Everton's attitude and pace of work were beyond reproach. It could still end 4-0 because Liverpool are so good, but that's completely different from the game against Manchester United in the week. 38 min Liverpool have brought Diogo Jota up front with Mane coming out on the left. 37 min Liverpool fans don't need an incentive to boo or whistle Jordan Pickford, but he gives them one by taking an alter on goal kicks. 25 min Gordon is booked diving in the Liverpool area and now both groups of players are getting involved. He collected a brilliant long pass from Pickford, clipped into Keita and went over. There was a bit of contact, although it was probably instigated by Gordon. I think that's a good decision by Stuart Attwell. Everton's Anthony Gordon dives resulting in a yellow card. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Photo: Peter Byrne/PA 31 min Everton have frustrated Liverpool and there is a bit of a needle involved. Robertson drills a sharp cross to Jota, who deflects wide of the near post from 12 yards for the first time. 29 mins "Everton currently enjoys a player wage-to-turnover ratio of 95 per cent," says Norrie Hernon. You really, really have to stay up.” That's an interesting point. I'll be honest I'm not a spreadsheet junkie so I could be dead wrong but I'll be surprised if they don't go up immediately (if they go down). 16 min Doucoure plays a dangerous pass into Alexander-Arnold to Gordon, who first gets the ball and then just falls over in the penalty area. He thought he had been pushed by Alexander-Arnold; Stuart Attwell disagreed. I think it was a foul and maybe even a red card (although probably not how Matip came across). Everton's Anthony Gordon in action with Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold. Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters 27 min A frustrated Jota elbows Coleman and the referee talks to both players. I think it ended up being more of a forearm to Jota's neck, although it wasn't violent enough to interest VAR. 26 mins According to the Premier League official site, Everton had 14.7 percent possession. But it's still 0-0, both in goals and shots on goal. 24 min Richarlison wins a corner on the left for Everton. 21 min Keita plays a no-go in Mane, on the edge of the D. He loses Allan with a masterful first touch and then whips a first shot just over the bar. 20 min "Re: Everton in contention for the championship next season," begins Matt Winter. “Remember Leeds said that. (Spurs didn't make it but they were promoted on the first try.) 19 min Frank Lampard will be delighted with Everton's start. Liverpool were in the lead, of course, but Pickford still had no save to make. 17 min "As far as I can tell, there are 14 national teams on the pitch at Anfield right now," says Peter Oh. 15 min A good break from Everton. Gray runs across the Liverpool area line and punches two players before his shot is blocked by Matip. 12' Doucoure gets close to Thiago, who took the lead against Manchester United. 11 min Everton defend deep and work extremely hard when they don't have the ball, which they do about 80 per cent of the time. 10 min 'Not that I want Everton to win (I really, really don't)', says Sarah Rothwell, 'but the realization that this could be the last Merseyside derby for a while is a bit overwhelming. ' If Everton go down (and I think they will) then they will surely contest the league next season. 9 min Fabinho plays a clever one-two with Keita on the edge of the box, forcing Holgate to come over and make a good interception. 6 min "Hello Rob," says Julian Borrill. "With all the debate over whether Ten Hag can turn things around at United, could Klopp take Liverpool to those heights if Gillett and Hicks were still the owners?" Not a chance, I'd say. It's a cliché but their recruitment has been quite phenomenal, probably the best by an English club since Arsene Wenger's early days. 5 min Gordon runs into Liverpool's derfence and is fouled by Fabinho 25 yards from goal. It's a chance for Everton... 2' Salah shoots past Mykolenko but Gordon comes back well to take cover. 2 min And Everton have started with Demarai Gray on the right wing and Anthony Gordon on the left wing. 1 min beep beep! Allan starts the game. Liverpool have started with Sadio Mane up front where he has been in superb form and Diogo Jota on the left. "Everton's midfielder/attacker has to be in red-hot form if Dele Alli can't even sniff it," says Yash Gupta. "Maybe he doesn't fit into Lampard's system." Apparently he played well when he came against Leicester the other day. "When people (and all 'experts') talk about the unpredictability of Merseyside derbies, is there one thing they actually remember?" says Joe Shelton. Liverpool win – that's the cliché.” You say that, but Liverpool have only won one of their last four derbies. “We have to treat it like a normal game [and not like a derby] against an opponent who is fighting for relegation. It will be intense; It has to be." "Hello Rob," says Matt Burtz. "There's no need to tell Everton fans it's getting serious. This game is a write-off; it's the back-to-back games in May against Brentford, Watford and Crystal Palace, two of those at Goodison which may very well be the deciding factor in survival.(And the hope of Leeds being dragged in.) Honestly I'm not even sure why I'm watching today apart from the masochism.That and it's supposed to rain, where I am." It could well be raining goals at Anfield, boom boom. "I've spent the whole week feeling completely confident about this game," cried Matt Dony. "And yet here we're counting them minutes down expecting Everton to defend tenaciously and sneak a scruffy winner in the 83rd minute (granted a lot of us don't leave him much work...)" "They're a great team in great form. We have to be brave and disciplined be, together Hold on and try really hard.” “Rob, it's beyond squeaky-ass days,” writes Everton fan Mary Waltz. For most well-rounded people, November 28, 1990 is the day Margaret Thatcher resigned as Prime Minister; For me, it's the night Danny Wallace played like Romario and Lee Sharpe scored a hat trick. "Hello Rob," says Kári Tulinius. "While I'm not a fan of Liverpool, I prefer them a little as league winners, if only because I enjoy watching them play more than their title rivals. That's why I worry they could make a mistake today as local derbies are notoriously unpredictable and stepping on a single banana peel could ruin their chances. I'm currently watching Napoli's faint Scudetto win hopes go up in smoke after going 2-0 up 2-3 against Empoli and I hope it's not an omen for Liverpool. Enjoy the match!” Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Liverpool v Everton at Anfield. This is the 291st Merseyside derby and there have been quite a few hits in that time: two 6-0s, five 5-0s, eight 4-0s and even one 7-4. But I'd be surprised if any of the previous 290 derbies felt like a foregone conclusion. Liverpool sniff a quadruple; Everton are threatened with relegation for the first time in 68 years. Liverpool have won their last 11 league games at Anfield; Everton have taken one point from their last eleven away games. That and because The Man applies an electric current to the Cuillions every time I try to exit the liveblog dungeon. Everton's concern is not that they will lose, but that they will be hammered in a way that affects their remaining six games. Matej Vydra's goal has given Burnley another valuable win that puts them in 17th place over Everton. As for Everton, things are getting serious. "I would give the impression that Naby is actually ahead of our team captain," says Ian Copestake. “When disciplined, manic pressing is required, Naby doesn't play up front like our hendo used to. A changing of the guard is underway.” I agree that it's underway - Henderson turns 32 in June and has a ton of miles on the clock - but I still think he could do, say, the Champions League final against Manchester City would start before Keita. Jurgen Klopp decides to rest Jordan Henderson ahead of Wednesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against Villarreal. He is replaced by Naby Keita and Diogo Jota replaces Luis Diaz. Frank Lampard also makes two changes, with Mason Holgate and Abdoulaye Doucoure replacing Fabian Delph and the (presumably) injured Yerry Mina. 🔵 | There is news on the team as the boss makes two changes from our last game. — Everton (@Everton) April 24, 2022 Related: Liverpool vs Everton may still be a derby but it's no longer a rivalry | Jonathan Liew It looks like Everton will fall into the relegation zone before this game starts. If that continues, Everton would have two points with two games in their hands. Squeak-bang time can't even begin to describe it. Keita and Thiago both start for Liverpool today, making Will Unwin's superb play even more clickable.

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Scholes slams Arteta's behavior in Arsenal's win over Man United

Paul Scholes believed Mikel Arteta's behavior in Arsenal's win over Manchester United was out of line (Author: Gardener)

ArsenalPaul Scholes believed Mikel Arteta's behavior in Arsenal's win over Manchester United was out of line. The Gunners won the competition 3-1 but there were a number of contentious decisions and the Red Devils legend was not pleased with the Spaniard's antics leading up to the second goal. Goals from Nuno Tavares, Bukayo Saka and Granit Xhaka handed the hosts victory as they secured pole position to secure Champions League football. Four wins and a draw in their remaining five games will see the Gunners back in Europe's premier competition for the first time since 2017. And should Arsenal maintain the form they have shown in their last two games against Man United and Chelsea, they could be very strong and achieve their goals well. There were several incidents in the clash against the Red Devils where two penalties were awarded, one for each side. Arsenal converted theirs but leading up to the decision, Scholes was unhappy with Arteta's behaviour. A goal originally came when the ball got to Eddie Nketiah, who converted from close range. But after a VAR check the goal was ruled out for offside but then withdrawn for fouling the Arsenal winger. Speaking of Premier League Productions, the legendary midfielder said: "At the time I thought it was offside. Afterwards, Scholes commented on Arteta protesting with referee Craig Pawson as he went to the VAR monitor to review the incident. That led to the midfielder adding: "I think Arteta is a shame there. He's not allowed to. “If you watch it again he actually goes into the crowd to try and influence the referee a little bit. "That must not be. But it's a bit clumsy from Telles.

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