Liverpool - Sadio Mane's 94th minute tap-in ensured Jurgen
Klopp enjoyed his first visit to Everton with a 1-0 win that saw his Liverpool
team move into second in the Premier League on Monday.
A game with an abundance of passion and pride failed to
deliver many goalmouth incidents and seemed more likely to be remembered for
the failure of referee Mike Dean to send off Everton's Ross Barkley in the
The midfielder was shown only yellow for a violent stamp
that struck Jordan Henderson above his ankle.
But deep in injury time, Daniel Sturridge cut inside and saw
his well-aimed shot strike the foot of the right-hand post, rebounding into the
six-yard area where Mane reacted first and converted the game's only goal.
That dramatic goal allowed Liverpool to move to within six
points of league leaders Chelsea, with Manchester City a further point back in
third. Everton, with just one win in seven, are ninth.
"It's a wonderful feeling," purred Klopp to the
"Really, really good. It was a long, long stoppage
time. We gave them no chances. We deserved to win."
His Everton counterpart Ronald Koeman, who was experiencing
his first Merseyside derby, disagreed.
"The substitutes of Liverpool had a big impact in the
final result," Koeman told Sky Sports.
"We didn't keep the ball after the break so much. The
team didn't deserve to lose the game."
However, Koeman conceded Barkley was fortunate to stay on
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"Barkley, maybe he was lucky. Maybe it's a red,"
said Koeman, who in his heyday as a player was renowned for his physicality.
Without a derby win in the last six years, and with just one
victory from the last 19 fixtures with Liverpool, Everton had started the game
in impressive and aggressive fashion but lost their way after the interval.
After 22 minutes, Barkley -- the only native Merseysider on
either side -- pushed the ball wide to Aaron Lennon whose cross forced Ragnar
Klavan into an important interception with Romelu Lukaku poised to connect at
the far post.
Then moments later, another Everton attack ended with
Leighton Baines setting Barkley away for a 25-yard shot which passed within
feet of the post.
- Everton unsettled -
Everton were unsettled at the interval by the loss of the
injured midfielder James McCarthy, who according to Koeman has a hamstring
injury and made way for veteran Gareth Barry, and Liverpool finally began to
make an impression on proceedings.
On 50 minutes, the visitors carved out the best chance of
the game with James Milner's long pass seeing Roberto Firmino shrug off Ramiro
Funes Mori and advance clean through only for Maarten Stekelenburg to deny him
with a brave block.
Lukaku eased the pressure, momentarily, when he headed just
over while twisting, off-balance, to meet Barry's pass but it was only a brief
respite as Mane exchanged passes with Firmino on 57 minutes and was denied by
the combined efforts of Baines and Stekelenburg.
That incident proved costly for the Everton goalkeeper who
could play on for only another seven minutes before being forced off with a leg
injury, handing the gloves to substitute Joel Robles.
Barkley was fortunate only to be shown that yellow card in
that 67th-minute incident, which angered Dejan Lovren and saw players briefly
square up to each other -- a flashpoint which also led to a booking for
Everton's Seamus Coleman.
The visitors continued to enjoy the better of the closing
stages with Robles making the save of the match, diving quickly to his left to
keep out Firmino's volley on his line before the goal, and Coleman having to
clear a Firmino shot off the line in the sixth of eight minutes added on.For
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