With magic Mo Salah’s goal sending dejected Evertonians home after just 20mins, with Liverpool’s second of the night, Jurgen Klopp’s men went on to win 4-1, the Reds’ first derby win at Goodison in five years.
Captain Jordan Henderson had opened the scoring after just ten minutes, a fifteen-yard strike with his left foot; reward for Liverpool’s early dominance. That domination continued, with near 70% possession, in a display in which the Anfield eleven barely had to get out of second gear. Only when Gray briefly threatened to drag Everton back into the game five minutes before half-time, did the destination of the three points look in doubt.
A second from sensational Salah just after the hour put any lingering doubts to bed though, followed by Jota completing the demolition after 79 minutes. In truth, as so often this season, Liverpool could and should have scored more, but it seems churlish to complain about chances missed, with 43 goals scored in just 14 league games.
Rafa Benitez, serenaded by the away fans throughout, must have looked on with envy at the riches at Klopp’s disposal. Likewise, the home fans, who weren’t slow to show their disapproval at the Everton board.
Boos rang out from the home team to accompany the final whistle, and if Everton’s form doesn’t pick up soon, Rafa might be hearing the final whistle himself. Liverpool meanwhile are keeping pace with Chelsea and Manchester City, as the battle to be Premier League Champions becomes a three-horse race.