Liverpool overcome the Everton match to keep the pressure on Manchester City

Liverpool kept the pressure on Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table and pushed local rivals Everton towards relegation with a 2-0 win in the Merseyside derby on Sunday.

The Toffees’ day got off to a terrible start, even before a ball was kicked at Anfield when Burnley’s 1-0 win over Wolves dumped Everton in the relegation zone.

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The Andy Robertsons and Divock Origi goals in the second half ensured that they remained there despite a lively display in a fierce encounter. A 12th home league win in a row for Liverpool cuts City’s lead at the top of the table back to a point with five games left.

“Thank God a football match has two halves,” said Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

“I’m really happy because it’s not about flying every week, it’s about getting results.”

Everton have still not won away in the league since August, but they removed the criticism of being a soft touch away from Goodison Park by showing the match they will need in the remaining six games to retain their 68- years stay at the top. flight.

In stark contrast to Manchester United’s capitulation by losing 4-0 at Anfield in midweek, at least Frank Lampard’s men managed to get the Reds to earn the three points.

“The important thing is to stick to it. The attitude and the way the boys stuck to their task today was really, really good,” Lampard said, despite his team having only 17 percent possession.

Everton follow Burnley by two points and could be five on safety when they are next in action against Lampard’s old club Chelsea.

“We have six games left for Burnley’s five,” he added.

“We had to expect Burnley to win today and worry about our own job. It’s important not to get sucked into it in a negative way.”

A Sadio Mane dipping effort from the edge of the box was the sum of the threats against the Everton goal in the first 45 minutes filled with stops in the game.

Mane was lucky just to see yellow from a melee involving almost all 22 players after Liverpool refused to put the ball out of play with Richarlison injured.

– ‘Legend’ Origi to save –

Everton’s 32 completed passes in the first half were the fewest of any team in a Premier League match since 2006.

However, they posed the biggest threat early in the second half and were forced to rue Anthony Gordon’s chance to open the scoring as he pulled his shot over goal with only Alisson Becker to strike.

Gordon also demanded a fine that was waved away to Lampard’s dismay for a push from Joel Matip.

“If it’s Mo Salah down the other end, Liverpool will get the penalty,” Lampard argued.

With the results still on par with the hour mark, Klopp was forced to turn to his bench with Luis Diaz and Origi, an eternal tormentor for Everton in previous derbies, thrown on.

However, the all-important goal came from an unlikely source as Robertson headed his second goal of the season in from Mohamed Salah’s sunken post on the back post.

Origi appear to be leaving Liverpool at the end of the season after falling further down the rankings since Diaz’s arrival in January.

But the Belgian equalized with his sixth goal in 10 Merseyside derbies as he headed in at the far post five minutes after time.

“He is not always part of the team, which is ridiculous, but he is there when we need him every time,” Klopp added.

“He is a world-class striker, he is a legend and will remain a legend forever.

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