Wednesday night was a joyous occasion to be a Red. Liverpool beat Everton 5-2 at Anfield, truth be told it could have been a lot more embarrassing for Marco Silva. The result maintained the Reds’ lead at the top of the table and dropped Everton into the bottom three. Although on the surface this just looks like a pleasant derby win, a win over a relegation threatened side, Liverpool beating Everton is more significant than it first seems.
Last season Everton were one of the most successful sides against Liverpool, for the most part anyway. At Anfield the Ev put up a helluva fight, Jürgen Klopp’s side needed a 96th minute goal from Divock Origi to secure the points, a goal that only came as a result of a Jordan Pickford error.
In the reverse fixture the Toffees frustrated the Reds, holding us to a 0-0 draw at Goodison Park, a result that proved pivotal in the title race.
Whenever we play our noisy neighbours, form goes out of the window. It seems that no matter what situation either side are in, you can always prepare yourself for an upset or a drab draw.
Liverpool beating Everton so emphatically on Wednesday night shows that Jürgen Klopp has managed to overcome the mental block that the Blues have placed on his side recently. We did something that we couldn’t last season, that is an improvement.
In both fixtures last season we should have battered the Blues, we just couldn’t for some reason – they have been somewhat of a bogey team. This win shows that we needn’t worry about dropping needless points in the title race this season, we won’t be caught out by draws against lesser sides this campaign – the Reds keep marching on (in style).