If there was ever a team that deserves misfortune, it’s this year’s Everton squad.
From Jordan Pickford’s brainless, dickless challenge on Virgil van Dijk, to Richarlison’s reckless play and classless behavior, Liverpool‘s Premier League title defense effectively came to an end at Goodison Park last October.
The reality is, that’s the only way Everton can play to have a shot at beating better teams. While they currently sit 7th in the table, advanced stats paint the Toffees as a wildly mediocre squad. xPTs has Everton at 13th. Sounds about right.
Today’s match at Anfield should be a cracker.
Except Liverpool forgot to show up. Everton puts one in just three minutes in 🤦♂️.
Despite dominating possession and getting more shots off in the first half, can’t really say Liverpool look the better side. Everton with a deserved 1-0 lead at the half.
Liverpool were knocking on the door all second half. Pickford came up big, we had some poor finishing, and the end result is a 2-0 loss. Liverpool have now lost 4 home matches in a row. The top 4 is drifting away.
Liverpool Player Ratings vs Everton
Jurgen Klopp (3) –
Goes with the same starting XI that played in Liverpool’s 2-0 mid-week win vs RB Leipzig. If it ain’t broke 25% of the time, why fix it?
Seriously, should’ve rotated some of the squad. Lads come out flat af. Needs to try some new things. Move TAA and Robbo to midfield. Bench Bobby. Something. Anything.
Alisson () –
Nothing he could do about the opener. Quick reflex save though in the 33rd to keep the match from going 0-2.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (7) –
Defensively a little bit better than last weekend. Rips a laser that Pickford finger tips out in the 21st minute. Stays on front foot in second half. Really challenging the Everton defense. Sends a worldly cross in during the 66th that should’ve found someone’s foot.
Think he unfairly draws the penalty that put Liverpool up 2-0. He was the best defender today regardless.
Ozan Kabak (4) –
Hoping we see more “RBL Kabak” than “Leicester Kabak” today.
Welp. It’s Leicester Kabak. He loses Richarlison who slots home the opener just three minutes into the match. Gets needlessly booked in first half stoppage. Nothing special today.
Jordan Henderson (6) –
Picks up his barking and intensity after Everton went up. Calmly lashes his laces through a volley that Pickford miraculously saves in the 20th. Unfortunately, goes out with possibly a groin injury midway through the first half.
Andy Robertson (5) –
Some nifty rondo-ing but otherwise a quiet first half. Somehow just not impacting matches recently. Not sure what’s off.
Thiago (5) –
Made it 70+ minutes without a dumb foul mid-week. Let’s keep that trend going.
Hate saying it, but I’m kinda over Thiago. Just doesn’t fit this squad. Yanked late for Origi.
Gini Wijnaldum (5) –
Quiet. Mostly completing a bunch of short passes.
Curtis Jones (5.5) –
Feels like Jones is due for a goal today. Showing more hunger and drive than his midfield peers (although to be fair, Gini is being tasked with a different role). But a quieter second half sees him off early for Shaq.
Mo Salah (6) –
Salah is steaky. His confidence ebbs and flows. Fortunately, he’s been on a hot streak of late. A little wasteful in the final third. Should’ve leveled in the 69th. Been unfairly maligned for diving but having said that, needs to stay on his fucking feet already. Too many times on the ground. Maybe he’s mentally preparing for Spanish football where those snowflakes do that all the time.
Roberto Firmino (4) –
Not sure why Klopp has stuck with him this match so long. His finishing is abysmal. Linking up just meh.
Sadio Mane (6) –
Looking like his form is returning. A gorgeous dribbling possession sequence in the 41st ending with a meggers.
Nat Phillips (6) –
Very lively once coming on early for Hendo. Why isn’t he starting over Kabak? Continues to win every header. He’s a solid player.
Xherdan Shaqiri (6) –
Comes on for Curtis Jones. Shaq’s passing this season has been stupid good. Great vision, perfectly weighted.
Divock Origi (NR) –
On late for Thiago.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Who cares. Season is over.