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5 things we learned as Liverpool lose 2-0 to Everton

Liverpool lost 2-0 to Everton on Saturday. It’s their first Merseyside derby defeat since 1999 as the Reds hit a new low this season.

It gets worse

Liverpool, somehow, have more to worry about at centre-half. Jordan Henderson went down in the first half with a worrying injury.

Now, really, this is one that will affect the midfield more long-term. Our hope was that Fabinho would return to the back and Henderson could take a place in midfield again.

That would significantly boost both areas and Liverpool look a lot stronger.

We might have to put that plan on hold. We’re waiting on news but that didn’t look good.

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Awful start

The good news is that Liverpool will simply run out of places on their feet to shoot before long.

This was a terrible start. The worst thing about it, though, was how easy it was for Everton. They effectively scored exactly the goal they wanted to.

Liverpool didn’t put enough pressure on the ball and Ozan Kabak didn’t cover Richarlison well. The one thing you can’t do in a game like this – or any game, really – is let the opposition do what they want.

Everton went into this one hoping for James Rodriguez to find a pocket of space so he could feed Richarlison in behind. It took them two minutes to do it. That’s just awful from Liverpool’s perspective.

Is anyone good enough?

On that note, are any of the centre-halves left good enough? Kabak was terrible today and not much better against Leicester City.

Nat Phillips then came on and he made a mistake for the second goal.

Will Ben Davies be able to come in and succeed? That’s the next big question and one we should find out an answer to before long.

Liverpool desperately need Fabinho consistently fit, though. That’s the key.

Make-shift midfield

Liverpool haven’t found consistent midfield balance all season. That’s their second-biggest problem after the defence.

After a good performance in Budapest midweek, this was awful. The first half, in particular, saw the midfield out of position and ideas.

We’re not sure how Jurgen Klopp fixes that. Maybe a change of shape is the only answer? Because right now, he’s not finding a trio who can play well back-to-back.

A new low

It won’t get worse than this, at least. Liverpool’s first home defeat in the derby in the 21st Century.

It hurts. What hurts more is the confirmation that Liverpool’s win over RB Leipzig wasn’t a turning point. We’re right back to disappointment.

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If Henderson is out for any significant amount of time, this will be tough to turnaround. Liverpool don’t have the numbers to make obvious changes.

This was a 2-0 defeat at home to Everton, though, and Liverpool must make changes. It’ll take us a long time to get over this result but the team can’t afford to wait.

Our player ratings for Liverpool 0-2 Everton.

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