Liverpool waltzed to a 4-0 victory over Everton this past Wednesday evening, with the Red half of Merseyside’s high intensity and high pressing game proving too much for the Toffees. The Reds’ win was marred slightly by a nasty injury to to Divock Origi, but they’ll be hoping it doesn’t end up being as serious as it initially looked.
Jurgen Klopp’s side always looked like they had the upper hand, with chance after chance being created. Adam Lallana really should have made it 1-0 early on, but he opted to take a shot – which was saved by Joel Robles – instead of squaring it to Roberto Firmino for a tap in.
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He wasn’t made to rue his missed chance though, with Liverpool soon taking the lead. James Milner put a great cross into the box, picking out Origi superbly. Robles probably could have come to claim the ball, but after failing to do so Origi was able to rise highest and head into the corner. 1-0.
Mamadou Sakho doubled their lead shortly after, again assisted by a Milner cross. He was totally unmarked in the box, and his powerful header practically tore the roof of the net off. 2-0.
Shortly into the second half Origi picked up his injury, with Ramiro Funes Mori stamping horribly on his ankle. The Belgian’s foot was planted which made the injury all the worse, and the referee instantly reached for the red card. Funes Mori left the field after a short protest, but unfortunately he was shortly followed by a stretcher bound Origi. It looked to be a serious one, but only time will tell.
Daniel Sturridge replaced him, and the England striker instantly made an impact. He had one long range shot saved before he got his goal, with the former Chelsea man capitalising on a mistake by John Stones. The Everton defender played a poor pass out from the back which was easily intercepted, and Sturridge was then very easily played through on goal to score Liverpool’s third. 3-0.
Philippe Coutinho got the fourth before the end of the game, with a long ranged effort curling into the far corner. Sturridge did his best to claim the goal after it appeared to just about brush the back of his shorts, but it was definitely Coutinho’s goal. 4-0. The game finished that way, and Roberto Martinez looked absolutely devastated.
At this point Liverpool aren’t really playing for anything in the Premier League, but they are really starting to look like a team under Jurgen Klopp. Their recent performances certainly bode well for next season, and despite their struggles in the English top flight, success in the Europa League could earn them a spot in the Champions League next year.