Robertson and Origi beat Everton to keep Liverpool on title track

 

Kopp mocked Everton with the go-ahead, Liverpool refused to give up Manchester City in the title race, Andy Robertson was the unlikely derby hero and Divock Origi was an unlikely hero with a header that smashed the impressive resistance of Frank Lampard’s relegation-threatened side at Anfield.

Robertson timed his second goal of the season to perfection from a Liverpool perspective as nerves increased among the crowd’s support before his breakthrough in the 62nd minute.

Origi appeared from the bench to enter and score at Everton again with his third goal in the league in the season, as Jurgen Klopp’s team achieved 12 victories at home in a row, but it was far from the expectations that many expected.

The sense of victory that accompanied Everton to Anfield deepened before the ball was kicked in the 240th Merseyside derby and Burnley’s victory over Wolverhampton dropped Lampard’s side into the relegation zone for the first time this season.

And if that wasn’t enough, Ben Godfrey suffered a quadriceps injury in the warm-up and was replaced by Michael Kane and Lampard completely rested Yerry Mina after returning from a two-month absence against Leicester on Wednesday, leaving Everton a man on the bench that includes a linebacker. Middle: 18-year-old Isaac Price.

To their credit, neither the turmoil nor the growing fear of relegation took their toll on the visitors in the first half that stifled and irritated Liverpool as much.

Lampard weakened his midfield and used some of the filtering tactics Jose Mourinho used here when Chelsea knocked out Liverpool’s title bid in 2014.

Jordan Pickford took a tooth on every goal kick and shot Richarlison collapsed into a pile whenever he touched it and sometimes when he didn’t touch it at all.

While superstar Anthony Gordon was booked for diving over Naby Keita’s leg inside Liverpool’s penalty area, it sparked the first two brawls of the opening period and in fact the needle was funnier than the game itself.

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