Liverpool vs Everton.
One of English football’s most beloved rivalries…..utterly dominated by one team for the last 20 years.
Back when Everton were good and Liverpool weren’t as good, then this was a matchup that coughed up all sorts of tantalising clashes boasting goals (for both teams), red cards and exciting encounters.
That’s all dissipated quite comprehensively, particularly in recent seasons, with the outcome becoming something of a formality that has left Toffees supporters praying for a draw at best. Granted, they want wins, but considering how dire Marco Silva’s side have been, then few from the blue half of Merseyside would expect much else other than an Anfield crushing.
Especially when Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino make up tow thirds of a devastating front thr……ermm…..WHAT?!?!?!
Yes, oh yes indeed, Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri took their place.
Naturally, Twitter exploded.
Klopp has thrown a real spanner in the works and given a lot of Liverpool fans some unwanted anxiety with this lineup for today’s Merseyside Derby. Firmino, Salah, Henderson & Ox all benched. Lallana, Shaq, Milner and Origi all named to start. I’m nervous. pic.twitter.com/CGkVEtnOuM
— Jordan Patu (@Jordan_Patu) December 4, 2019
Just seen Liverpool lineup. #Super6 prediction getting edited to fuck.
— Sam Cummins (@Sambob180) December 4, 2019
Nevertheless, considering how stupidly good Liverpool are at the moment, a decent section of their supporters were still confident that Jurgen Klopp knew what he was doing.
I mean, Everton have been really bad this season…
Liverpool lineup?? Fuck it. Klopp knows what he’s doing.
UP THE FUCKING REDS
— Skidz (@1892_Skidz) December 4, 2019
Dont get people losing their head over the Liverpool lineup we have a squad and we need to use it clearly Klopp thinks Bournemouth away is a harder game than Everton at home….all shut up and have faith ffs !!
— JohnLFC (@Johnp20641298) December 4, 2019
How are Liverpool fans getting on at Klopp for resting players in a midweek fixture… jeez, they’re 11 points clear and still better than Everton w that lineup
— carla (@cxrIx) December 4, 2019
Well, it didn’t take long…..
Say what you want about Klopp’s lineup, say what you want about Origi’s inconsistency, that, was a fine goal.
From a pass weighted with otherworldly precision, Sadio Mane found the Belgian who rounded Jordan Pickford with consummate ease and tapped home.
Too much perfections in this Liverpool goal, fabulous assist from Sadio Mane and and perfect finish from Origi.#LIVEVE
— Father of Jazaa (F O J) (@awal_hakeem) December 4, 2019
The Origi love-in followed, of course.
Not too late to recount the Balon d’Or votes and give it to Divock Origi?
— Harrison (@harri_thomas1) December 4, 2019
Well, guess who got the second?
Again, magnificent build up play from the Reds saw them double their advantage, starting with Trent Alexander-Arnold’s stupidly good cross-field ball, and finishing with Shaqiri’s cool, rolled finish. Footballing excellence, at its second-string finest.
You know your team is doing shit when Shaqiri is netting a goal against you, oh Everton臘♂️
I do feel sorry for their fans tbh…
— Jamie (@THFC_Jamiee) December 4, 2019
Some mentioned the fact that it had been a rather long long since the Swiss last netted.
Not his fault though, he rarely gets a look in.
But, wait, are you serious?
Everton scored? Well, I think it is safe to assume few saw that coming.
Even if Liverpool cannot stop leaking goals. Hope for the Toffees?
lovren really let keane walk over him to score a silly goal smh
— ٰ (@bigmanhimseIf) December 4, 2019
Keane doing his best to spare our blushes.
Well-taken goal, though we still have a mountain to climb. #LIVEVE #COYB
— Chris (@tenzochris) December 4, 2019
Fortunate goal for Keane but a good ball by Iwobi who looks the best Everton player so far. #LIVEVE
— GrapsTalk (@GrapsTalk) December 4, 2019
Then Dominic Calvert-Lewin went through on goal with Virgil van Dijk tracking.
About to pull the trigger.
A PUSH! Or, something of the ilk.
No. But that was a decent shout, it must be said.
How was that not a penalty against Liverpool for the foul by VVD on Lewin ?!!! Liverpool have been awarded penalties this season for challenges less obvious than that >
— SirLAMPS (@Super_Spotter) December 4, 2019
That should have been a Penalty on Calvert Lewin but it’s LiVARpool
— Bobby (@El_nino_nkem) December 4, 2019
Well, we all knew what was going to happen next.
Lovren and Origi that was sexual
— Colum Carville (@columc123) December 4, 2019
Divock Origi just loves scoring against Everton. Loves it
— Mark Durkan (@Durk4n) December 4, 2019
That touch and finish from Origi was absolutely disgusting. #LIVEVE
— Scott ⚽ (@PicardyBreezer) December 4, 2019
At this rate…perhaps not a bad shout.
So when’s that Origi statue getting built then?
— Lee (@leemacca13) December 4, 2019
When you thought there couldn’t possibly be anymore before half-time, Sadio Mane got in on the act to finally put the game to bed.
…….Until Richarlison scored in stoppage time to make it 4-2.
An utterly barmy first half couldn’t get anymore mad, could it? Well, yes, is the short answer.
Bit boring this Liverpool v Everton game. No goals this 2nd half.
— Gary Wood (@buddyebbons61) December 4, 2019
This is getting boring, can’t Liverpool just score a scruffy one? #LIVEVE
— föxintheböx2001 ❤️李 (@foxinthebox2010) December 4, 2019
Everton were trying, to be fair to them, despite what would appear to be the end of the road for Silva in charge.
As an example of how the game was going, even with chances for both teams, all the talk was about…shirt pulling and fouling. Yes, indeed.
Why do Everton players keep trying to swap shirts early by trying to drag them off our players?
— Rita (@mrschalky25) December 4, 2019
Everton players must think the game is over, trying to swap shirts with all the Liverpool players already #LFCEFC #LFC
— Kingsley Edward Burrows (@Kings_10) December 4, 2019
I know our kit is absolutely gorgeous but could the Everton players stop trying to pull the shirts off our player’s backs for 5 mins? Cheers hun, much appreciated x
— Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins (@ScoobyGangKid) December 4, 2019
The finally there was a goal.
Liverpool wrapping it all up in fine fashion from Georginio Wijnaldum’s 90th minute strike.
The writing is firmly on the wall for Silva now.
Surely there is no way back?
If this defeat doesn’t get Marco Silva sacked, then I don’t know what will…
— Nevs (@diaryofnevs) December 4, 2019
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