Liverpool cruise past Everton in Merseyside derby

Liverpool's Sadio Mane, right, scores his side's first goal, during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Everton, at Anfield, in Liverpool, England, Saturday April 1, 2017.

Mane's departure to a potential knee ligament injury early in the second half was a major blow for the hosts but any respite for Everton was short-lived as his replacement Origi swept home Liverpool's third with a first-time shot from Coutinho's pass less four minutes after coming on.

Despite Liverpool protests, Barkley escaped with a booking for a heavy challenge on the home defender's ankle five minutes before half-time in his side's 3-1 loss at Anfield.

Liverpool manager Klopp kept his counsel on the Koeman issue and refused to be drawn into any arguments, simply stating to Sky Sports: "Ronald Koeman spoke about me?"

"We will see, hopefully it's not that serious, but of course it's not nothing and that makes our life not easier, I would say", Klopp added. "We understand the game, we want to be hard against ourselves and we wanted all the players to leave the games without injuries".

"There was one tackle and they went insane when they didn't even need a physio on the pitch. It's a man's sport".

Everton remain a club that seems to bother the big clubs on occasion, but when it comes to making the leap into the Champions League, especially when it's against their city rivals, they tend to choke. We tried to press them.

The Senegal global opened the scoring in the 228th Merseyside derby before limping off the pitch mid-way through the second half.

Indeed, the centre-back flicked a corner across the Liverpool penalty area that was eventually stabbed home by 22-year-old Matthew Pennington to notch his first ever senior goal on his first ever senior appearance... We knew about the intensity and I thought we were ready for it and after the first few minutes we controlled the game. "Not happy when I took him off, but I like his desire". For me it's kind of a sign that we think it's done and the game is done.

"If you start with a question like that, then we can stop because if I mention as manager at Everton that I am really proud about my team - your question is a different world".

"My staff is fine, really good boys, involved in the game".

But Everton's any hopes of gaining momentum on Liverpool were denied by a wonder strike from Brazilian maestro Philippe Coutinho.

Koeman and Klopp disagreed on the touchline during the match and the Everton boss felt Klopp and Liverpool's bench were too vocal when arguing decisions.

  • Julie Sanders