Liverpool beat Everton fight to keep pressure on Man City

Divock Origi celebrates with Mohamed Salah (Getty)

Liverpool kept the pressure on Manchester City at the top of the Premier League and pushed local rivals Everton towards relegation with a win 2-0 Victory in the Merseyside derby on Sunday.

The Toffees’ day got off to a terrible start even before a ball was kicked at Anfield, as Burnley’s 1-0 win over Wolves threw Everton into the relegation zone.

Second-half goals from Andy Robertson and Divock Origi ensured they stayed there despite a spirited display in a lively encounter.

A 12th consecutive league home win for Liverpool cut City’s lead at the top of the table to one point with five games remaining.

Everton have still not won away in the league since August but they have allayed criticism of being a light touch away from Goodison Park by showing the fight they will need in the remaining six games to maintain their 68-year tenure at the top. Flight.

In stark contrast to Manchester United’s capitulation in midweek’s 4-0 defeat at Anfield, Frank Lampard’s men at least managed to get the Reds to the three points.

A plunging attempt by Sadio Mane from the edge of the box was the sum of the threat to Everton’s goal in the first 45 minutes, which were littered with stoppages.

Mane was lucky to see only yellows from a close encounter involving almost all 22 players after Liverpool refused to take the ball out with Richarlison injured.

Everton’s 32 completed passes with fewest first-half passes was the fewest by a team in a Premier League game since 2006.

They posed the bigger threat early in the second half, however, and had to rue Anthony Gordon’s chance to put the first goal together as he looped his shot over the goal only Alisson Becker was able to beat.

Gordon was also entitled to a penalty which, to Lampard’s dismay, was flagged for a Joel Matip jab.

With the scores still tied after an hour, Klopp was forced to turn to his bench with Luis Diaz and Origi, a perennial scourge of Everton in past derbies.

The all-important goal came from an unlikely source, however, as Robertson headed just his second goal of the season from Mohamed Salah’s cross into the back post.

Salah took another good chance when Everton wobbled from behind.

But the visitors found their feet again and made for a nervous finale for the vast majority of Anfield spectators.

Demarai Gray fired a powerful shot just inches before Robertson was a hero at the other end as he cleared Dele Alli’s dangerous cross to prevent Alex Iwobi from putting the finishing touches.

Origi is expected to leave Liverpool at the end of the season, having fallen further down the pecking order since Diaz arrived in January.

But the Belgian bid farewell with his sixth goal in 12 Merseyside derbies when he headed in at the far post with five minutes remaining.

Liverpool beat Everton fight to keep pressure on Man City

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