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Goals from Divock Origi, Mamdou Sakho, Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho helped Liverpool cruise to an easy 4-0 win over 10-man Everton at Anfield on Wednesday night.
In truth, Liverpool humiliated their Merseyside opponents as they outplayed them all over the park and really could have run up a bigger score.
Jurgen Klopp’s men went in two up at the break after two goals in the final four minutes of the half, and after Rui Funes Mori saw red early in the second period it was game over as the hosts added to their tally through Sturridge and Coutinho to seal an easy derby win.
The game started with a real tempo as both sides look to impose themselves on the game and it was the hosts who threatened first.
From an Everton free-kick, Liverpool broke at pace before Coutinho slipped in Adam Lallana who raced through one on one but he was denied by a good save from Joel Robles when he really should have scored.
Everton reacted well to the miss and they had their first real chance of the night after 12 minutes. Kevin Mirallas collected inside the Liverpool half and played a one-two with Romelu Lukaku before hitting a rasping strike that flew just over.
Lukaku was again involved minutes later when he rolled his marker and broke free inside the area, but he was denied by a sensational last-gasp challenge from Mamdou Sakho.
This challenge almost proved even more important less than a minute later when the ball fell to Roberto Firmino inside the Everton area but he was stopped by a brilliant block from John Stones.
This chance seemed to lift Liverpool as they began to take control of proceedings and create chances at will and they finally broke the deadlock two minutes before the break.
James Milner bamboozled Aaron Lennon on the right and whipped in a superb ball that was met by Divock Origi at the back post and he rose above Stones and powered home a header to make it 1-0.
And it was two just four minutes later when Everton failed to clear a corner and Milner and Adam Lallana played a neat one two before Milner again produced a fine cross that was met by an unmarked Mamadou Sakho who headed home to make it 2-0 at the break.
Everton’s task was made all the more difficult four minutes into the second period when Funes Mori was shown a straight red card for a horror challenge on Divock Origi.
And it was game over after an hour when Lucas pounced on a misplaced pass from Stones and slipped in substitute Daniel Sturridge who made no mistake in slotting home to make it 3-0.
It was all Liverpool after this as they pinned Everton inside their own 18 yard box and they made it four 14 minutes from time when Philippe Coutinho collected on the edge of the box and drove home a brilliant strike, although it flicked off Sturridge on the way in and the striker is certainly claiming the goal.
The home side continued to attack at will as they dominated possession in the closing stages, and although they had over 40 attempts on target, the game ended 4-0 as Liverpool continued their impressive recent form.
At Upton Park, two penalties from Mark Noble and a goal from Andy Carroll helped West Ham keep their European hopes alive as they beat Watford 3-1.
Carroll opened the scoring for the Hammers against a much changed Hornets side after 11 minutes when he volleyed home Dimitri Payet’s cross.
The hosts doubled their advantage on the stroke of half time when Noble fired home from 12 yards after Cheikhou Kouate was impeded.
Noble doubled his advantage and killed the game off with his second spot-kick of the night after 53 minutes. Watford pulled one back through Sebastian Prodl but it was too little too late as West Ham eased to a 3-1 win.