Liverpool beats Everton 3-1 at the Merseyside derby

A Philippe Coutinho-inspired Liverpool took the Merseyside derby honours, emerging comfortable 3-1 winners against Everton at Anfield to continue their push for a top four spot.

Liverpool struck first, just eight minutes into proceedings, as Senegalese star Mane was allowed to drive at the heart of a back-peddling Toffees defence, before seeing his deflected effort spin past a wrong-footed Joel Robles.

The Reds took charge and a youthful Everton side appeared flustered, but were level in the 28th minute as Liverpool’s set-piece Achilles heel once again showed itself.

Unable to deal with a corner from the left, Ashley Williams had a first bite at the cherry and should have scored, but youngster Matthew Pennington, on his first Premier League start of the season, made no mistake.

Liverpool regained the lead just minutes later however, Coutinho’s wonderful curling strike putting the Reds back in front and Belgian striker Origi made the game safe in the second half, just moments after coming on as a substitute.

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