Liverpool fielded a youthful side in the FA Cup against Everton on Sunday afternoon. The Reds emerged 1-0 winners and will progress to the fourth round of the competition. Whilst Jurgen Klopp’s young prospects will take most the plaudits, it was three experienced players who played the biggest role in our win at Anfield.
Joe Gomez continued his fine form in the Liverpool defence yesterday. Since the injury of Dejan Lovren he has stepped into the side and up to the plate. He now appears immovable from Jurgen Klopp’s first team.
Despite being just 22 he was the senior man in the Liverpool back line for the majority of the game. He organised a defence consisting of two debutantes in Nat Phillips and Yasser Larouci. Whilst Neco Williams made just his third senior appearance for the club. Despite conceding a few chances in the first half the youthful Reds defence performed well.
They shut out Everton in the second half and the experienced Gomez played the role of leader during an impressive win and helped the side keep another clean sheet.
In midfield Liverpool relied on the experience of Adam Lallana. The 31-year-old played in a deep role and looked sensational doing so. Whenever called upon this season he has done well and could earn himself a new deal if these performances continue.
The former Southampton captain was the man to drive us forward, often dribbling out of trouble and getting us up the pitch. He linked up excellently with stand-out youth prospects Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott, as well as new signing Takumi Minamino. His performance was vital to winning the game, as he often has been and probably will be as the season continues.
Up front Divock Origi led the Liverpool line well as he always does against Everton. The Belgian will only be frustrated that he didn’t get his customary goal against the Blues. Instead he was the provider at Anfield on Sunday. After some nice build up play he laid the ball back for Jones who curled in a beauty of a goal.
However it wasn’t just his assist that was impressive. Origi ran the Everton defenders ragged, he looked dangerous throughout the game and continued to prove a brilliant squad player. He’ll be vital to our progression in the FA Cup and we’ll certainly need him as the season continues.