More Liverpool distress: 1st residence loss to Everton in 22 years
Liverpool. A primary win at Anfield since 1999 for Everton. The worst kind for Liverpool at residence within the league since 1923 after a fourth straight loss. The English title that took 30 years to win once more is being surrendered far too simply by Liverpool. Richarlison scored after three minutes and Gylfi Sigurdsson netted a late penalty to offer Everton a 2-0 victory within the Premier League on Saturday.
A primary Merseyside derby win since 2010 put Everton behind sixth-place Liverpool solely on objective distinction with a sport in hand, whereas the champions are 16 factors behind chief Manchester City. Chelsea is three factors forward within the fourth and closing Champions League place after drawing 1-1 at Southampton.
Even worse for Liverpool was dropping one more heart again possibility as Jordan Henderson was pressured off injured within the first half.
October’s derby was the beginning of Liverpool’s defensive issues when Virgil Van Dijk was dominated out for the season with an ACL harm after a reckless sort out by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
Henderson’s downside seemed to be a groin harm as he pulled up working the ball out of protection within the first half, leaving his aspect with an 18th totally different — and most inexperienced — pairing of Ozan Kabak and substitute Nat Phillips.
But by then the harm had already been executed as Everton had made its intent clear. Straight from kickoff, the ball was hit ahead and, beneath no strain, Kabak conceded a nook after six seconds.
The on-loan Schalke participant was instantly focused by Richarlison. It paid off after simply three minutes as two weak headers, one from Thiago Alcantara and one other from Kabak on his Anfield debut, noticed the ball fall to James Rodriguez. He slipped in a move behind the brand new boy for Richarlison to run onto and fireplace an angled drive throughout Alisson Becker.
The Brazilian additionally gave the guests their first lead in a derby since October 2010, the date of their final victory which got here at Goodison Park.
Kabak’s edgy nerves weren’t eased when he allowed Pickford’s clearance to drop over his head straight to the toes of Richarlison, earlier than moments later clattering James Rodriguez after a mistimed problem and he completed the half with a reserving — for the third successive match — to cap a poor 45 minutes.
His confidence would additionally not have been helped by the lack of Henderson simply earlier than the half hour, with the 23-year-old Phillips arriving off the bench because the senior companion regardless of making simply his eighth look for the membership.
At least Alisson, answerable for three errors in his final two league matches, was again on kind with a very good save to disclaim a diving Seamus Coleman header from Lucas Digne’s cross.
Pickford was additionally in good kind. He flew to his proper to tip Henderson’s swerving volley across the publish earlier than the Liverpool captain’s exit.
The England No. 1 was in motion once more catching Sadio Mane’s header early within the second half. Pickford dived on the toes of striker Mohamed Salah as Liverpool turned up the strain with out actually laying siege to the Everton objective.
More holes opened up in Liverpool’s protection and, from a counter-attack, substitute Dominic Calvert-Lewin was adjudged to have been introduced down contained in the field by Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Substitute Sigurdsson stroked residence the penalty to spark wild celebrations among the many Everton contingent. The solely disappointment for Carlo Ancelotti’s aspect can have been not having any followers allowed into the house of its best rival, because of the pandemic, to see the landmark triumph.
Chelsea supervisor Thomas Tuchel criticized Callum Hudson-Odoi after hauling off the ahead within the draw at Southampton — solely 31 minutes after changing the injured Tammy Abraham at halftime.
“I was not happy with his attitude, energy and counter-pressing,” Tuchel stated.
“In a sport the place it is exhausting to create possibilities, that you must depend on counter-pressing to drive possibly errors, to get a second ball and get a simple likelihood.
“For that we have now to be completely on and completely displaying for counter-pressing. And I didn’t really feel this from Callum at this time. He missed some alternatives for counter-pressing, he missed some simple balls. I had the sensation he was by no means actually into the sport.” Takumi Minamino’s positive end put Southampton forward within the thirty third minute. The Japan ahead reduce inside Cesar Azpilicueta’s despairing lunge earlier than pushing a shot previous goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
Mason Mount equalized within the 54th from a penalty after being introduced down by Danny Ings.
While Southampton ended a six-game dropping run within the league, the purpose stopped Chelsea recording a sixth straight win in all competitions.