Liverpool 3-1 Everton

Everton boss Ronald Koeman was proud of his side's performance even though they were beaten 3-1 at Liverpool in the Merseyside derby.

Liverpool made the most of the first game of the weekend by running out easy winners against local rivals Everton.

The Brazilian had Everton's defenders back-tracking every time he got a chance to run with the ball. "Not happy when I took him off, but I like his desire".

The six-point gap which had given Everton, who had lost once in 12 matches since the December derby at Goodison Park, optimism before kick-off now looks an insurmountable one.

Liverpool also maintain their terrific record against clubs in the top half of the Premier League, now with 9 wins in 15 matches without a single defeat.

Uruguayan defender Miguel Britos scored his first goal for Watford to secure a deserved 1-0 victory over Sunderland at Vicarage Road and deepen the visitors' relegation woes.

"We controlled it, scored fantastic goals, then when it got wild in the last 15 minutes we defended with passion.all good!" A sixth-minute foul on Emre Can somehow went unpunished by referee Anthony Taylor, but Barkley was rightfully booked later in the first half after rolling his studs down Dejan Lovren's ankle.

Liverpool were enjoying themselves when getting on the ball in the final third, again simply waltzing their way through on 20 minutes when Coutinho was this time thwarted by a big hand from Robles, with Phil Jagielka well positioned to head the loose ball off the line.

Everton's joy was shortlived, though, as Coutinho found his moment of magic and they were also lucky to have all 11 men on the pitch, with Ross Barkley getting away with a couple of rash challenges.

Sadio Mane gave the hosts an early lead when he played a one-two with Roberto Firmino and finished off an angled run with a shot into the far corner.

Liverpool won 3-1 home win over Everton in the 228th Merseyside derby on Saturday to move provisionally up to third in the Premier League. Ashley Williams' corner broke in the box to Matthew Pennington who poked home the equaliser from close range. The striker — on the field only three minutes as a substitute for Mane — took a touch and sent in a 30-meter shot that appeared to wrong-foot goalkeeper Joel Robles and flew into the net. We made it really hard.

Perhaps it's an extension of how he gets his team to perform in big games - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has a flawless record in the Merseyside derby so far.

"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