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Liverpool 5-2 Everton: Marco Silva sees pressure build after derby loss

Divock Origi

Liverpool pushed Everton manager Marco Silva closer to the sack and retained their eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a crushing win at Anfield which dropped the Toffees into the relegation zone.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, already missing suspended goalkeeper Alisson and injured Fabinho, still felt able to rest key attacking duo Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino from his starting line-up and win in comfort.

Liverpool effectively won the game with four goals in the first half - Sadio Mane creating two early strikes for Divock Origi and the recalled Xherdan Shaqiri.

Michael Keane pulled one back for shambolic Everton but Liverpool were soon back in control when Origi controlled Dejan Lovren's pass for a brilliant third and Mane got the goal he deserved when he crowned a sweeping counter-attack from Trent Alexander-Arnold's inviting delivery.

Richarlison took advantage of Liverpool's own vulnerable defending to make it 4-2 on the stroke of half-time but in reality Everton were never seriously in contention at any point.

Both sides missed chances in the second half, with the brilliant Mane and Everton substitute Moise Kean culprits, but Liverpool completed the humiliation for Silva and his team with Georginio Wijnaldum's low shot for the fifth in the final minute of normal time.

The question now, as Everton lie in the bottom three, is how long the beleaguered Silva can survive, with Chelsea scheduled to visit Goodison Park on Saturday lunchtime.

Silva under siege

Everton manager Marco Silva

Silva, 42, is suffering a slow, lingering demise as Everton manager - and this dismal showing is only likely to hasten his exit from Goodison Park.

This was a Liverpool side nowhere near full strength but the game was up for Silva and Everton once they were two down inside 17 minutes.

Silva's five-man defensive system was ripped to shreds, by Mane in particular, and it was no surprise when he removed defender Djibril Sidibe before half-time to introduce Brazilian attacker Bernard.

Everton were a team in chaos at times in the first half, with Sidibe, Mason Holgate, Tom Davies and Keane all arguing among themselves after Shaqiri's goal then Holgate and Lucas Digne also in animated discussion after Origi put Liverpool 3-1 up.

Director of football Marcel Brands cut a concerned figure at half-time, deep in discussion with fellow director Sasha Ryazantsev - and there will surely be more discussions among the Everton hierarchy post-match.

Everton did create some chances but never looked like ending a winless Anfield sequence stretching back to September 1999.

Silva now faces an uncertain future - and Everton face what increasingly looks like a relegation fight.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Liverpool

  • 13Adrián
  • 66Alexander-ArnoldBooked at 27minsSubstituted forGomezat 83'minutes
  • 6Lovren
  • 4van Dijk
  • 26Robertson
  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 7Milner
  • 23Shaqiri
  • 20LallanaSubstituted forHendersonat 72'minutes
  • 10Mané
  • 27OrigiSubstituted forFirminoat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Keita
  • 9Firmino
  • 11Salah
  • 12Gomez
  • 14Henderson
  • 15Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 62Kelleher

Everton

  • 1Pickford
  • 19SidibéSubstituted forBernardat 35'minutes
  • 2Holgate
  • 5Keane
  • 13Mina
  • 12Digne
  • 17Iwobi
  • 26DaviesBooked at 67minsSubstituted forSchneiderlinat 72'minutes
  • 10G Sigurdsson
  • 7RicharlisonBooked at 31mins
  • 9Calvert-LewinSubstituted forKeanat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Baines
  • 11Walcott
  • 14Tosun
  • 18Schneiderlin
  • 20Bernard
  • 27Kean
  • 49Lössl
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
53,094

Match Stats

Home TeamLiverpoolAway TeamEverton
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home11
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Liverpool 5, Everton 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Liverpool 5, Everton 2.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 5, Everton 2. Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Roberto Firmino.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Lucas Digne.

Attempt blocked. Xherdan Shaqiri (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Georginio Wijnaldum.

Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Richarlison (Everton).

Attempt missed. Moise Kean (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Alex Iwobi with a through ball.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Georginio Wijnaldum.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Joseph Gomez replaces Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Everton. Lucas Digne tries a through ball, but Richarlison is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jordan Henderson with a through ball.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by James Milner.

Foul by James Milner (Liverpool).

Mason Holgate (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Xherdan Shaqiri with a cross following a set piece situation.

Sadio Mané (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Everton).

Xherdan Shaqiri (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Bernard (Everton).

Offside, Everton. Morgan Schneiderlin tries a through ball, but Richarlison is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Roberto Firmino replaces Divock Origi.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Jordan Henderson replaces Adam Lallana.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Morgan Schneiderlin replaces Tom Davies.

Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Moise Kean (Everton).

Offside, Liverpool. Virgil van Dijk tries a through ball, but Andrew Robertson is caught offside.

Adam Lallana (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton).

Booking

Tom Davies (Everton) is shown the yellow card.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Davies (Everton).

Attempt saved. Tom Davies (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Sadio Mané (Liverpool).

Tom Davies (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton).

Attempt saved. Richarlison (Everton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson with a cross.

goal

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