Liverpool 3, Everton 1
Anfield, Liverpool (52,920)
Liverpool scorers: Mane 8′, Coutinho 31′, Orgi 60′
Everton scorer: Pennington 28′
Simon Mignolet – 6
Had very little to do in the first half, so decided the join in the fun.
No Everton player completed more take-ons than Simon Mignolet in the first half. pic.twitter.com/OPL5J3FCBY
— Andrew Beasley (@BassTunedToRed) April 1, 2017
Made a couple of good saves in the second period, but Everton were so bad it was difficult for him to have a good game.
Nathaniel Clyne – 6
Positionally decent, but nothing of note other than a good cross towards Origi late in the game.
Joel Matip – 8
Not as bullish as Lovren, but does a similar job without the need for extra fuss.
Dejan Lovren – 8
Let Romelu Lukaku know he was there from the off, and the Belgian striker had no joy against him. A good performance from the centre back on his return to the side.
James Milner – 6
Same as Clyne.
Lucas Leiva – 8
The type of player you need in a derby. Won loads of headers and celebrated like a Scouser at the end. Lost Barkley on occasion, but looked settled on his return to midfield.
Emre Can – 8
Liverpool’s best midfielder on the day. Wanted to be involved in everything and tried a couple of dangerous looking shots of his own.
Georginio Wijnaldum – 7
Typically unassuming. Came into his own in the second half when others tired.
Sadio Mane – 8
Yet again Liverpool face the conundrum of what they’ll do without him after he picked up an injury in the second half. Well taken goal against a shoddy Everton defence.
Roberto Firmino – 7
Mr dependable played all three attacking roles in this game and did a good job in each.
Philippe Coutinho – 9
Divock Origi – 8
Return to form. Can he keep this up if Mane’s out injured for a length of time?
Trent – 7
Willing and able on the right flank later in the game. Almost scored but Robles saved.
Ragnar – N/A
Last minute viking.
Jurgen Klopp had to decide on a midfield reshuffle in the continued absence of Jordan Henderson, and the new injury to Adam Lallana.
He went with Lucas as the holding player with Can and Wijnaldum ahead of him.
The rest was familiar Liverpool.
The full backs kept an eye on each other and if one went the other stayed. While neither Clyne nor Milner put in impressive individual performances, they were good tactically and helped to maintain the shape.
At one point Milner was so close to the left touchline that half of him was off the pitch when he received the ball.
The average positions from the game show that the players executed the plan perfectly, and these are reflected in the tactical diagram below.
Plenty of changes were made during the game, and the main ones were forced due to an injury to Mane.
Origi replaced him but took the central forward position from Firmino who took Mane’s place on the right.
But the arrival of Trent, who replaced Coutinho, saw Firmino move to the left while the 18-year-old took Mane’s position on the right.