Coutinho stars as Liverpool beats Everton 3-1 in EPL derby

Ross Houston
April 2, 2017

As with the last home Merseyside derby though, the victory will be dimmed for Klopp - the first Liverpool manager to win his first three league tests against Everton - by an injury casualty.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has claimed that his side "controlled" their Merseyside derby against Liverpool this afternoon, despite falling to a 3-1 defeat at Anfield.

A lively Premier League contest was won by goals from Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi after Matthew Pennington cancelled out Sadio Mane's early opener.

A sixth-minute foul on Emre Can somehow went unpunished by referee Anthony Taylor but Barkley was rightfully booked later in the first half after rolling his studs down Dejan Lovren's ankle. "I also saw some tackles from Lucas and that's all about football", Koeman said.

"It's all about football, but we don't make a show from the bench like Liverpool". Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said when asked about whether Barkley's tackle on Lovren deserved a red card.

'They were insane. They didn't need the physio on the pitch. "It is a man's sport and you have to have behaviour like that".

After nearly 20-years of coming up short, Everton losing out to Liverpool at Anfield is the new cliché - the city is red and there's no reason to second guess it anymore. Matthew Pennington gave Everton hope when he scored an equaliser in front of the Kop - making the most of an Everton corner and Liverpool's problems at defending them. "I'd be falling out with him every five minutes if I played with him".

Wilfried Zaha spearheaded Palace's daring attacking display, canceling out Cesc Fabregas's fifth-minute opener before setting up striker Christian Benteke for the victor moments later.

Sadio Mane (left) scored once again to put Liverpool ahead in a convincing 3-1 win.

"Overall I think we can be proud of the way we played, how hard we made it for Liverpool". "We knew about the intensity we needed to be ready for, and I thought we were".

"I've met him in the dressing room", the German coach said with an air of resignation.

Ronald Koeman, whose argument with Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill over the treatment of James McCarthy saw him sign off his Twitter response "From the master tactician", was forced to switch to a back three after injuries on worldwide duties but it never looked coherent.

With the win, Liverpool extend their unbeaten run against Everton to 14 matches, dating back to October 2010.

"Under the circumstances it was a really good game and we did the job we had to do".

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