- No shots in first half
- Stekelenburg injured
- Barkley avoids red
- Mane strikes late
This one was a Merseyside Derby throwback, two rivals trading nasty tackles and shoves at Goodison Park on Monday.
Sadio Mane scored the match’s only goal in the third of eight minutes of second half stoppage, beating Ashley Williams and Ramiro Funes Mori to a Daniel Sturridge reboundand lifting Liverpool into second on the Premier League table with 37 points.
Everton stays 9th with 23 points.
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Everton was unquestionably the better side as the first half settled into form. Aaron Lennon had a cross for Romelu Lukaku cut out by Ragnar Klavan, and Ross Barkley bounced a low shot wide as the half reached its midpoint.
First to almost every ball, the Toffees looked inexhaustable. Idrissa Gana Gueye was again a lively part of what Everton did, but their midfield joined the backs in buzzing around any ball Liverpool moved into an area of danger.
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Yet Liverpool had the better of play in the opening stages of the second half. Roberto Firmino flubbed a chance to beat an offguard Maaten Stekelenburg. Then Toffees defender Leighton Baines cleared a chance and went clattering into Stekelenburg after Firmino backheeled Sadio Mane in on the Everton keeper.
Stekelenburg continued to move gingerly, and eventually had to leave the match with Joel Robles entering the fray.
As things escalated, Mike Dean somehow resisted giving Ross Barkley red for a studs-up tackle on Henderson’s ankle. Seamus Coleman and Dejan Lovren saw yellow in the 69th minute after racing to join a follow-up fracas.
A rare moment of attack came via Firmino, who tore into an 80th minute chance only to see Robles fly to push the ball away from danger.
With 8 minutes stoppage, there would be plenty of time for an opener. Mane found it when Sturridge hit a bounding ball off the post. A diving Robles couldn’t reclaim the center of goal before Mane left-footed the ball under his flailing arms.