Liverpool v Everton: Live matchday blog
Liverpool recorded an emphatic victory over Everton in the Merseyside derby at Anfield. Divock Origi scored twice, with Xherdan Shaqiri, Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum also on target in a 5-2 win. Michael Keane and Richarlison netted for the Blues.
YES BIG SHAQ! 🔥 Incredible @trentaa98 ball 😱 Brilliant touch, run and pass from Sadio 💫 Superb finish from… https://t.co/bSUorTSvpt— LFC (Liverpool FC) 5th Dec 00:00
"What the boys made of this difficult game was exceptional" 💪 Jürgen Klopp on tonight's performance, becoming the… https://t.co/I4ipKauF6X— LFC (Liverpool FC) 4th Dec 23:51
Get in Reds!! 💪🏾 Anfield you were amazing 🙌🏾 ❤️ Happy we could treat you to 5 goals 👊🏾 #YNWA #EVELIV https://t.co/VJJNAK23JS— GWijnaldum (Gini Wijnaldum) 4th Dec 23:47
100 games for @LFC. Derby win. Celebration with the GOAT. Perfect night. https://t.co/B8SstXrbe4— andrewrobertso5 (Andy Robertson) 4th Dec 23:41
Waiting to hug Divock like... A great Anfield night. 🔴 #YNWA https://t.co/Y071LLS16a— TrentAA (Trent Alexander-Arnold) 4th Dec 23:37
Relentless. Magnificent. Unplayable. ⚡️⚡️⚡️ Your #MerseysideDerby Man of the Match, Sadio Mane! 👏 https://t.co/YyWzJfjCse— LFC (Liverpool FC) 4th Dec 23:12
Jürgen Klopp: "All the goals were incredible, outstanding. Wonderful goals, sensational passes, super pieces of football. I loved it a lot.
"We needed fresh legs and I had to show my respect to the boys in the squad, that's all. They proved it. It is much more fun making changes, all of the boys are ready to deliver performances like this.
"It was a massive moment in my first season when Divock Origi got injured in the derby. It changed his career for a bit."
He just loves a big game doesn’t he https://t.co/ZDwnodZqFE— andrewrobertso5 (Andy Robertson) 4th Dec 22:18
!!!!!!!! @LFC 💪⚽️— Ian_Rush9 (Ian Rush MBE) 4th Dec 22:15
Liverpool set a new club record tonight - their run of 32 games unbeaten in the top-flight is the longest sequence in our history.
And here's how the top of the table looks after the latest round of fixtures...
Here's how Opta saw events this evening...
Liverpool 5-2 Everton
Liverpool claim a commanding victory over Everton in the Merseyside derby at Anfield to maintain their eight-point lead at the Premier League summit.
The first half saw the teams trade six goals before the interval: Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri were on target before Michael Keane pulled one back.
Origi and then Sadio Mane made it 4-1, but Richarlison grabbed another for the Blues in stoppage-time.
There was only one more goal after the break and it went Liverpool's way as Gini Wijnaldum rasped in a fifth in the 90th minute.
GOAL!!!! GINI WIJNALDUM!!!!
Liverpool have a fifth goal and it comes via Wijnaldum, who rasps a Firmino pass across goal and into the bottom corner.
And at the other end, Kean is put in but drags wide with only Adrian to beat
Henderson puts Mane in, he rounds Pickford but Holgate recovers and manages to prevent him from netting.
Our final swap sees Gomez come on in place of Alexander-Arnold.
Oh, what a chance to make it five for Liverpool.
Henderson's pass over the top puts Mane in, but he nudges his shot an inch wide of the post when faced with Pickford.
A Sigurdsson delivery almost presents a chance for Richarlison, but Liverpool get it away for a corner.
Wijnaldum meets a Shaqiri free-kick from the left with a near-post header, but he directs it well off target.
And here comes Liverpool's first substitutions of the night - Henderson and Firmino replace Lallana and Origi.
Everton's last change - Davies off, Schneiderlin on.
Davies is shown a yellow following a challenge on Alexander-Arnold.
Davies scuffs a half-volley towards goal from 25 yards, but it's a routine take for Adrian.
Richarlison meets a corner with a header but it's straight at Adrian.
Everton's second change of the night sees Kean come on for Calvert-Lewin.
Mina blocks a spin-and-shot from Origi inside the box.
Digne flashes a free-kick over the bar from the left of Liverpool's box.
Off we go again...
Can the second half be as mad as the first?
Let's find out...
A show of support and solidarity for the Hillsborough families, survivors and campaigners for their remarkable cour… https://t.co/F4zedlOXMH— LFC (Liverpool FC) 4th Dec 21:11
18 - Since the start of last season, Trent Alexander-Arnold has provided more Premier League assists than any other… https://t.co/lFBWiZrqLx— OptaJoe (OptaJoe) 4th Dec 21:06
The story of a six-goal first half, as told by Opta...
Liverpool 4-2 Everton
What a first half of football at Anfield.
Liverpool raced into a two-goal lead via Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri, but Michael Keane pulled one back for Everton.
Origi and Sadio Mane ehanced the Reds' advantage; however, Richarlison headed in a second for the Blues in first-half stoppage-time.
Goal for Everton - Richarlison
The Blues have another and cut Liverpool's advantage to two goals once more as Richarlison heads in from Bernard's delivery from the left.
GOAL!!!!!!!!! SADIO MANE!!!!!!!!!!!
A counter from an Everton corner by the hosts leaves the visitors completely exposed.
Alexander-Arnold and Mane lead it down the left before the former plays in the latter on the edge of the area, who sweeps beyond Pickford from the edge of the box.
Lovely, lovely stuff.
A vital touch from Lovren prevents Calvert-Lewin from tapping in a Richarlison centre.
Iwobi side-foots wide after being teed up by Richarlison on the edge of the area.
Mane's low cross from the right almost finds Wijnaldum unmarked in the centre yards from goal, but Pickford beats him to it with a strong low punch to clear.
Everton make an early change. Sidibe goes off and Bernard comes on.
GOAL!!!!!!! DIVOCK ORIGI!!!!!!!!!
It's that man once again.
Lovren claims a brilliant assist, pinging a pass over the top into the path of Origi, who takes a touch and lofts the ball over the advancing Pickford.
He loves a Merseyside derby does Divock.
Richarlison goes into the book for a late challenge on Shaqiri
Lallana almost toe-pokes Wijnaldum's pass through for Mane, but it's just a touch too far ahead of the forward.
Alexander-Arnold is booked for a late challenge on Digne.
Calvert-Lewin looks to get in behind, but he goes to ground under a challenge from Van Dijk as he attempts to shoot.
A fair challenge, deems the referee.
Goal for Everton - Michael Keane
Everton pull one back as they recycle the ball back into the area from a half-cleared corner and Keane dinks the ball over Adrian after it broke for him at close range.
GOAL!!!!!!!! XHERDAN SHAQIRI!!!!!!!!!!!
Liverpool double their lead - and Sadio Mane is again this provider.
A quite ridiculous 40-yard cross-field pass from Alexander-Arnold on the half-volley finds the No.10, who runs at Sidibe, before sliding a pass in for Shaqiri.
The forward steers beyond Pickford first time and it's 2-0 to the hosts.
Mane almost gets in behind from Van Dijk's long pass, but Holgate manages to thwart him as he attempts to cut onto his right boot.
That's Origi's fourth goal against the Blues - he's scored against them more than any other club for Liverpool.
In fact, he has netted in every Merseyside derby he has played at Anfield.
GOAL!!!! DIVOCK ORIGI!!!!
He's at it again against Everton.
The Reds have an early lead and no surprise that the scorer is Divock Origi.
It stems from an Everton attack as the home side have to clear a Sigurdsson cross. Mane collects the ball and strides forward before sliding a pass into the path of Origi's run.
He side-steps Pickford and rolls into the empty net.
Van Dijk springs a long pass down the left, Robertson hooks the bouncing ball into the middle and Mane heads well over.
Here we go, then...
Liverpool start the game at Anfield.
Come on you Reds!
A mosaic is held aloft on the Kop in memory of those who lost their lives at Hillsborough and in solidarity with the families of the victims, survivors and campaigners.
Here come the teams...
Warming 🆙 with the Reds! 💪 #LIVEVE #MerseysideDerby https://t.co/dpPyFv2tvN— LFC (Liverpool FC) 4th Dec 19:55
💯 games for the Reds! 🔴 #LIVEVE #MerseysideDerby https://t.co/IUtzC8K3EY— LFC (Liverpool FC) 4th Dec 19:31
Here's how Opta predict the sides will shape up tonight...
Inside the dressing room
Klopp on team selection
The manager has explained the reasons for his five changes tonight.
"One change we had to do in Adrian for Alisson, and the other four we wanted to do, just to respect the game, to respect the intensity of the game first and foremost," he said ahead of kick-off at Anfield.
"We did it because we can do it. I have to show the respect for the boys and I've said a lot of times how much I like the squad and now we have to use it.
"That's the line-up for today because we think the game will be really intense and for this you need kind of fresh legs and we try to bring them in."
Evening, Reds! 👋 #LIVEVE #MerseysideDerby https://t.co/qJAuLOdrbE— LFC (Liverpool FC) 4th Dec 19:19
⚠️ TEAM NEWS! ⚠️ 🚫 Unchanged XI 🔙 Walcott on the bench COME ON YOU BLUES! 🔵 #LIVEVE https://t.co/3zdNSAYndj— Everton (Everton) 4th Dec 19:15
Jürgen Klopp makes five changes for tonight's Merseyside derby clash with Everton at Anfield.
Xherdan Shaqiri comes into the attack as well as Divock Origi alongside Sadio Mane, while James Milner and Adam Lallana begin in midfield. Adrian replaces the suspended Alisson Becker in goal.
Liverpool: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Milner, Lallana, Shaqiri, Mane, Origi.
Subs: Kelleher, Keita, Firmino, Salah, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Adrian on the mic
The Spaniard takes care of the pre-match media duties at Anfield.
Home... Anfield, you beauty... #LIVEVE #Anfield #JFT96 #YNWA #MerseysideDerby #Premier_League #6 https://t.co/OWqxim9m17— zmansour75 (Ziad Mansour) 4th Dec 19:06
Massive today. Let’s get in the ground early and get behind our players. We’ll need help with flags and a display.… https://t.co/Q2F5kjB68B— SpionKop1906 (Spion Kop 1906) 4th Dec 18:24
Anfield will show support and solidarity for the Hillsborough families, survivors and campaigners before kick-off this evening, with a special mosaic to be formed on the Kop and a period of applause.
Klopp on Adrian's chance
The boss praised Adrian after the goalkeeper made an unexpected appearance for the final 15 minutes last weekend, and explained his faith in the Spaniard ahead of the clash with Everton.
"My man of the match is Adrian, coming on in a game like this and having that knock of the free-kick," Klopp said after the 2-1 victory over Brighton.
"It is incredible. An ice-cold 'keeper getting his gloves ready and then… [whistle]. That is our life. Then being in the game to make two saves.
"He saved our lives and I am happy for him he can play the derby."
On this day...
... in 2013, a BIG win on a Wednesday night at Anfield...
*Merseyside derby weather update klaxon*
Here it is, Reds, our Liverpoolfc.com matchday blog weather report.
Few surprises here. It's winter, it's overcast and the temperature is unlikely to rise above seven degrees for the duration of tonight's match.
That's categorically 'coat weather' if you're heading to Anfield later.
Klopp on FA Cup draw
Liverpool and Everton were, of course, paired together in Monday's FA Cup third-round draw - and the manager was asked for his reaction to that during his preview to this league clash...
- Klopp is unbeaten in eight league and cup meetings with Everton, winning five of them
- Divock Origi (three) has scored more goals against the Blues than any other player in the current squad
- The Reds are the only team in all four top divisions to have scored in every league match so far
- Liverpool are unbeaten at Anfield in 47 league games, winning 37 and drawing 10
Go behind the scenes of our last home game with Inside Anfield...
A reminder of the picture at the top of the table ahead of tonight's games...
Derby day quiz
Steven Gerrard is joined by 30 men on the list of Liverpool players to have scored against Everton in the Premier League - can you name all of the others?
You've got 10 minutes...
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Andy Robertson could make his 100th appearance in all competitions for Liverpool tonight.
A poignant programme cover
Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold visited North Liverpool Foodbank earlier this week as the club launches a Christmas Foodbank Appeal to help those in need of support during the festive period.
For more details on how you can make a donation, including at this evening's match, click here.
Did you know?
Liverpool could set an incredible new club record with a win or draw tonight.
Klopp's men are on a 31-game unbeaten run in league football, which has matched the previous best - set under Kenny Dalglish in 1988.
One more and they will make history.
Tonight's match kicks off slightly later than usual, at 8.15pm GMT.
We sat down with Reds captain Jordan Henderson to preview the visit of the Blues and he explained why the home side will aim to be in 'business as usual' mode at Anfield.
"It's a brilliant game to be involved in. It's a derby, a big derby, so it's very passionate, very emotional," said the midfielder.
"It's a huge game for both teams and at the same time, we look forward to it and you want to be involved and ready to give everything. It comes down to focus and what is important. At the end of the day, it's another game that we want three points from.
"Of course it's a derby and we're going to have to deal with maybe a little bit more media from the outside and a little bit more hype about the game. But for us, it's about business as usual and giving everything and performing to the best of our ability on the night."
Last time out
Virgil van Dijk scored twice and Liverpool held firm with 10 men to see off Brighton and Hove Albion 2-1 at Anfield on Saturday. See the highlights of that one below...
So, what do we know ahead of kick-off?
Alisson Becker is suspended following his red card last weekend, with Adrian set to deputise in goal.
Klopp reported no new injury concerns, though Joel Matip (knee), Fabinho (ankle) and Nathaniel Clyne (ACL) are sidelined.
Everton have Theo Walcott back after illness, but Seamus Coleman and Fabian Delph are doubts.
We went behind the scenes at Monday's pre-Everton training session, with a photo gallery and extended footage (for LFCTV GO subscribers) available below...
A year ago
Last season's corresponding fixture was destined to be forgettable - until Divock Origi made it unforgettable.
Watch every angle we have of his 96th-minute winner against the Blues...
Top of the table
Here's how the Premier League top six looks before the leaders return to action...
Victor, 85, 💙 and Joyce, 82, ❤ have been watching Merseyside derbies together for more than 60 years. Here's some… https://t.co/M25vBwaGwW— LFC (Liverpool FC) 3rd Dec 15:20
The manager's preview
Where better to start than with Jürgen Klopp's thoughts on the game?
The boss spoke to the media at his press conference on Tuesday and you can catch up below...
The 234th Merseyside derby
It's upon us.
Liverpool will host neighbours Everton at Anfield this evening as their Premier League campaign continues - and we'll be bringing you all of the build-up, live match updates from the stadium, reaction and much more throughout the day.
Get comfortable, stay right here and, fingers crossed, enjoy it.