Klopp makes Merseyside derby history as Liverpool beat Everton

The Reds opened the scoring inside the first ten minutes as Sadio Mane drove at the Everton defence before finding the far corner with a low effort in the 8th minute.

Immediately after the match, Koeman explained why he had clashed with Jurgen Klopp and his coaching team on the touchline, saying Everton take a different approach from their rivals' constant complaints to match officials.

But Pennington's joy was short-lived as, within three minutes, he was turned inside the penalty area by Coutinho, who curled an outstanding finish beyond Robles to restore Liverpool's lead.

Ross Barkley produced a poor studs-up challenge on Dejan Lovren and was lucky to escape with a yellow card.

Liverpool continued their Anfield dominance over Everton with a deserved victory which moves them up to third in the Premier League.

Everton have now beaten Liverpool just once in their past 21 Premier League counters, a win that came in 2010. Coutinho "had a really, really good game".

Liverpool suffered a blow after 53 minutes when Mane, the scorer of the opening goal, fell awkwardly and was unable to continue, with Divock Origi coming on to replace him.

Everton, who travel to Manchester United on Tuesday, remained in seventh on 50 points.

A goal down, Everton could have found themselves a man down too just moments later.

Coutinho, a scorer for Brazil on Tuesday night against Paraguay, then took centre stage.

Liverpool entered Saturday's match unbeaten in their last 12 encounters (five wins and seven draws) with Everton. "That's the way we like to play and how we'd like to continue".

"I know a few people from other clubs think I am insane, but my teams are always top of the fair-play table because I think aggressiveness is to help yourself", Klopp said.

  • Julie Sanders