Liverpool Keep Dominating Everton in the Merseyside Derby

Ross Houston
April 2, 2017

Ronald Koeman has complained about "crazy" behaviour from Liverpool's bench during his side's 3-1 loss in a feisty Merseyside derby on Saturday, with the Everton coach accusing his counterparts of attempting to influence the referee.

Liverpool's fans proved a source of irritation to Jurgen Klopp, as the Reds manager took exception to hearing his name sung before the end of Saturday's Merseyside derby win.

Along with Mane, goals from Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi gave Liverpool victory, with Matthew Pennington briefly drawing Everton level in the first half.

A typically fierce derby contest had plenty of hefty challenges, Ross Barkley attracting attention for a studs-up tackle on Dejan Lovren which earned a booking. "We don't make a show like the bench of Liverpool about faults, what happened on the pitch. They were insane", said Koeman.

After playing a one-two with Roberto Firmino well outside the Everton box, Mane strode forward and somehow found the right strike and angle with his left foot to place the ball through Ashley Williams' legs and into the bottom corner.

"We are different. We are more into the game and not about what happened with referees, linesmen and tackles".

The Brazilian was brilliant as Liverpool took command to stretch Everton's Blue thin line to the limit as they carved out chances galore.

While Everton manager Ronald Koeman addressed his war of words with Ireland manager Martin O'Neill over James McCarthy's fitness, the Dutchman also spoke about a flashpoint against Liverpool after the game. "That's the way we like to play and how we'd like to continue".

"I said to the boys before the game that it needs to be a mixture of being really smart and emotional - not only emotional".

He added: "From both sides I saw tackles that were maybe more than a yellow".

After the match, manager Jurgen Klopp told reporters "it didn't look like" Mane would be ready to play in Wednesday's match against Bournemouth.

But perhaps the moment that best defined up the differing fortunes for Coutinho and Barkley came when the Everton man attempted to dispossess the Liverpool No. 10 only for Coutinho to roll the ball back and leave Barkley sliding onto his backside.

That's Liverpool unbeaten in their last 13 league meetings with Everton and Klopp couldn't hide his delight after Sadio Mane opened the scoring before Matthew Pennington equalised. We made it really hard.

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

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