The Merseyside derby has added to Liverpool’s season and Anfield woes so far Saturday, as the Reds went down a goal and a captain versus Everton.
Richarlison scored early off a James Rodriguez assist to put the Toffees up a goal en route to a 2-0 win at Anfield, Everton’s first derby win this century and first over Liverpool at any ground since 2010.
Even worse, the club lost another player at center back in the form of center mid Jordan Henderson.
Manager Jurgen Klopp says Henderson’s apparent groin injury “doesn’t look like a small one” and did not add anything else.
Jurgen Klopp says it “doesn’t look like a small one” when speaking about the Henderson injury.
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The Brazilian further cemented his place in the dark part of Liverpool supporters’ minds with his third-minute opener. Having injured Thiago Alcantara in the reverse fixture, Richarlison timed his run right to get past Ozan Kabak as Jordan Henderson couldn’t block James’ passing lane.
The game took another wicked turn at the half-hour mark, as Henderson required treatment on his groin and tried to play on but could not. That forced Jurgen Klopp to play two traditional center backs. Nathaniel Phillips joined Kabak and the match stayed 1-0 into the break.
The win boosted Everton level on points with Liverpool at 40, while the Toffees have played one fewer match than the reigning Premier League champion Reds.
Watch Richarlison’s goal at the top of the page. Stream our halftime commentary and second-half action live here.