Everton finally win at Anfield for the first time since 1999

Everton finally win at Anfield for the first time since 1999

Last update: 22 February 2021 Tags: Everton, Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp, Merseyside Derby, Carlo Ancelotti. Categories: Premier League.

Everton ended their Anfield jinx with a 2-0 win at Anfield for first time since 1999 with goals from Richarlison and a penalty from substitute Gylfi Sigurðsson.

Liverpool were unable to halt a run of poor run of form in the lead. Jurgen Klopp’s side hadn’t lost in 12 games against Everton during Kloop’s reign.

The reds  have now lost  four straight league games for the first time since 1923. 

The Toffee’s hadn’t  beaten Liverpool in 22 years since September 1999, when Kevin Campbell scored in the fourth minute to net the only goal of the game.

The blue’s added to their formidable away record this season, making it eight and having only lost two of their 12 fixtures away from Goodison Park in 2020-21.

Goals either side of each half by Richarlison and substitute Gylfi Sigurðsson left Liverpool with more disappointment at home.

The Blue’s got off to a dream start when James guided a beautiful pass through to Richarlison, who left Kabak in the dust and hammered a low shot across Alisson to make it 1-0

 Liverpool lost captain Jordan Henderson went he down after running with the ball. Henderson became the latest player at centre back to go off injured for Klopp’s men and was replaced by Nat Phillips.

Everton thought the made it 2-0 when Lucas Digne crossed the ball to find Seamus Coleman. The full-back  got the wrong side of Robertson and met the ball with a flying header., but could only head the ball straight at Alisson. The Brazilian made a great save to deny the Irishman.

Coleman lofted a pass in behind the defence for Richarlison, who took too long and lost the ball. He looked offside but the flag didn’t go up, 

Liverpool came out with intent in the second half and had the best chances. Alexander-Arnold’s cross was met  by Holgate in the six-yard box, and Mane couldn't direct his header on target from a Robertson cross.

Micheal Keane was excellent all night and it was his defending that stopped Liverpool from grabbing an equalizer. A one two with Robertson ended up with the ball in Mane’s path, but Keane made a brilliant tackle to deny the Senagelese forward.

Firmino and Shaqiri combined to  put Salah through on goal. His first touch was superb,  but  the outrushing Pickford denied the forward .

Everton would survive the onslaught by Liverpool and deal the hammer blow. Richarlison broke away on the counter. Phillips dived in, Richarlison span away. He found Calvert-Lewin who forced  a fine save from Alisson. The ball ran loose, and Calvert-Lewin was adjudged to have been fouled by the sliding Alexander-Arnold. 

Sigurdsson rolled the penalty softly into the corner. Everton were 2-0 up at Anfield.

The blue’s would hold onto  the lead to hand Liverpool their 4th consecutive league loss a record not seen since 1923. 

The result for Liverpool leaves them without a home win in the league in 2021 having gone 68 homes unbeaten previously. The chances of making the Champions League have slipped further away from the champion’s grasp with other teams yet to play.

Everton have gone level with Liverpool with a game in hand to come. The result is massive for 

Carlo Ancelotti’s men and will have the Toffee’s dreaming off their first european adventure since the days of David Moyes. 

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