Mane & Coutinho Inspire Liverpool To Merseyside Derby Victory

But Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi all scored to help the Reds extend their unbeaten streak against Everton to 14 matches across all competitions and 18 straight at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp will still want to see improvement in certain areas but their post-Christmas slump now seems firmly behind them.

Coutinho then played provider on Liverpool's third goal, slipping the ball perfectly into the path of Origi, and the Dutch worldwide finished the move in style, blasting home to double the home side's advantage on the hour mark.

"That partly was contributed to by Everton's lack of attention where he played".

Liverpool's dug-out protested after Everton midfielder Ross Barkley was only shown a yellow card for a crude, high challenge on Dejan Lovren late in the first half at Anfield.

But the Brazilian magician that is Philippe Coutinho restored Liverpool's lead only three minutes later with a goal so profoundly lovely that we might as well give the World Cup to Brazil right now. We knew about the intensity and I thought we were ready for it and after the first few minutes we controlled the game.

Liverpool now hold the edge over Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal, although the two Manchester sides can blow past them in the table if they win their matches in hand.

The 21-year old Belgian did not do his chances any damage last night, taking only 200 seconds to score after coming on in the second half with a powerful, confident finish that put the game to bed for Liverpool.

However, the ball came kindly to Matthew Pennington, making his first start of the season, and the centre-back smashed the ball home from close-range.

However, the situation lasted just two minutes and 57 seconds before Coutinho beat two players and curled a shot into the top corner. Exchanging a one-two with Roberto Firmino, Mane shrugged off Tom Davies, drove past Ashley Williams and slid a low, angled shot into the far corner.

Coutinho, a scorer for Brazil in midweek, then took center stage.

Joel Robles will be put under the spotlight as he was left hapless for all three goals, two of which it could be argued he could have done much better, in particular the third where his rash decision to rush out proved costly as he was left in no-mans land.

But his replacement, Origi, had only been on the pitch three minutes when he wrong-footed Robles completely with a vicious right-foot shot from Coutinho's pass.

"It's a deserved win, we played good football and we coped well". Liverpool's vulnerability defending setpieces is well known, and Everton took advantage of that.

  • Julie Sanders