Liverpool put Everton to the sword in fantastic fashion on Wednesday night as they crossed Stanley Park and put four past Rafa Benitez’s side to win 4-1.
Captain Jordan Henderson opened the scoring before Mohamed Salah doubled the Reds’ lead inside 19 minutes as Demarai Gray pulled one back for Everton before half time.
Salah took his tally to 19 for the season in the second half and Diogo Jota got in on the action to make it four.
Jurgen Klopp’s side came in for high praise after dismantling their bitter rivals, highlighted by the reaction of the national media to this triumph.
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‘Brilliance of Mohamed Salah sweeps Liverpool past Everton in derby’
Andy Hunter of The Guardian wrote:
“It was everything Everton had feared and Liverpool desired on their return to the stadium where the fault-lines first appeared in the title defence last season. Jurgen Klopp instructed his players to be “really aggressive in a football way”, not obsessed with revenge, and their vast superiority shone through an emphatic defeat of Rafael Benítez’s sorry side.
“Liverpool outclassed their local rivals in every department. The outstanding quality of the goals from Jordan Henderson, Mohamed Salah, twice, and Diogo Jota were in keeping with the overall performance, and extended Liverpool’s record of scoring twice or more to an 18th game in succession.”
‘Classy Salah leads charge as flimsy Everton are flattened’
Paul Joyce of The Times wrote:
“The fourth Liverpool goal, dispatched by Diogo Jota, was the cue for Goodison Park to empty.
“On their way to the exits, there were howls of derision from some Everton supporters towards the demoralised outfit in blue, while a shower of abuse was aimed at the Everton hierarchy in the directors’ box by others.
“But, mostly, it felt there was just resignation at what Everton have become.
“A chorus of boos from those who had stayed to the bitter end would greet the final whistle before a chant of “sack the board” was aired as the chairman Bill Kenwright, the CEO Denise Barrett-Baxendale and the director of football Marcel Brands left their seats.”
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‘Liverpool dish out Merseyside mauling at mutinous Goodison Park’
Jason Burt of The Telegraph wrote:
“At the end Everton looked numbed. Such was the gulf between the sides it felt like one of those cup ties where minnows give it a go for a while before being inevitably out-classed and that is simply unacceptable whatever their troubles, whatever their injury problems. After all, this is a grand old club.
“The Liverpool fans first sang Benitez’s name 20 minutes before kick-off and if that felt brutal then so was the start from their team. They could, they maybe should, have been two goals up inside two minutes. In fact they could have been three up before they did eventually score – and then it was still only in the ninth minute that they did strike.
“The warnings went unheeded as Henderson started and ended the move. He found Sadio Mane who waited for Andrew Robertson to overlap and the full-back cut the ball back to the unmarked Henderson on the edge of the penalty area who beat Pickford with a superb first-time shot. It was his first goal in his 18th Merseyside derby.”
‘Mohamed Salah fires rampaging Reds to derby win’
Freddie Keighly of The Mirror wrote:
“ Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson were the derby-day heroes as Liverpool claimed Merseyside bragging rights with a 4-1 victory at Goodison Park.
“Henderson scored a brilliant goal in the ninth minute to give the visitors a deserved lead before turning provider and assisting Salah to double the advantage.
“The Reds had many chances to extend their lead in the first half, but the third goal of a pulsating encounter went Everton's way as Demarai Gray slotted beneath Alisson after a fine through-ball from Richarlison.
“The game continued at a frantic pace after the interval and Liverpool restored their two-goal cushion through Salah - who else - after a moment to forget for Seamus Coleman.
“Another in-form forward wearing red got in on the act in the closing stages as Diogo Jota turned Allan with a sublime piece of skill before smashing over Jordan Pickford.”
'There is a widening gulf'
Martin Samuel of the Daily Mail wrote:
“The seventh best player in the world apparently, Mo Salah. So it wasn’t just Robert Lewandowski who got short-changed in Paris on Monday night.
“Those other six must have rare talent indeed, to push Salah so far down the rankings. What he did here decided a Merseyside derby that was closer than it deserved to be, despite a scoreline that embarrassed Everton. Twice, he took advantage of errors by the home team to speed away and score, one on one, against Jordan Pickford. And that was pretty much the difference between the teams.
“On the scoresheet, at least. In real terms there is a widening gulf as Liverpool hit a purple patch and Everton find a briar patch, and tumble into it head first. They haven’t won since mid-September and a mood of insurrection was in the air at the end here. Abuse was directed at sporting director Marcel Brands and former chairman Bill Kenwright, and the presence of Rafa Benitez in the dug-out was never going to help the ambiance unless results were good.”