Coutinho inspires Liverpool to derby win

Philippe Coutinho inspired Liverpool to a comfortable 3-1 home win over Everton in the 228th Merseyside derby on Saturday to move provisionally up to third in the Premier League.

"We had a game plan".

"Today almost everything was flawless, then we lose Sadio Mane", said Liverpool manager Klopp. "I know people from other clubs think I'm insane because I look like I look, I'm sorry for this".

Jurgen Klopp hailed the performance of Coutinho as Liverpool romped to a 3-1 win over Everton in the Merseyside derby at Anfield.

Koeman said he understood some comments that had been made since the derby but not others, and said: "I am a manager who sees football realistically, but some have some problems to see that". I told the boys to be really smart and emotional.

"What pleased the manager is how we played today".

"I try to be realistic about the situation of the team, its progress, and the project of Everton".

Mason Holgate also struggled against Liverpool while first-team regulars Tom Davies and Dominic Calvert-Lewin struggled to leave any lasting impressions.

"Ross played in a little different position than he played in the last few weeks", said Koeman. Chelsea have not had one injury I do not think.

"We conceded too easily for 2-1 - except for the quality of Coutinho - and we controlled the game after half-time". We have all seen Coutinho score goals like that and you try to stop it but unfortunately it was a great finish from him.

'I like his desire but I thought in this game it makes sense that when you've already lost one offensive player [Sadio Mane with an injury], you save another one a little bit'.

Klopp vowed that his team "will fight for everything" and said that Liverpool "showed again that they are ready to fight for everything" with their performance in the derby, which means they "hopefully can stay in this optimistic mood".

For Mane's goal, for example, Coutinho made an intelligent dummy run to create space for his Senegalese teammate. I am not sure anyone has the assist for Sadio's goal or Phil's goal, they did it all for themselves.

The only downside to the day was a knee injury to Mane in the second half, which is likely to rule him out of Wednesday's visit of Bournemouth, although the extent of the damage has yet to be ascertained. "It's a deserved win, we played good football and we coped well".

  • Julie Sanders