Well, most of us supporters have been wanting Jurgen Klopp to rotate more. Not sure we were expecting it to happen for the Merseyside Derby.
Liverpool host Everton almost a year to the date that DIVOCK ORIGI HAPPENED and the Reds began transforming into mentality monsters.
Out of this match: Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino, Jordan Henderson. In this match: Xherdan Shaqiri (welcome back!), Divock Origi (happen again!), and Adam Lallana (better than you give him credit for!).
This is somewhat a reflection of what Klopp thinks of Everton. And it is somewhat a reflection that Salah and Firmino look like they need rest. Either way, Klopp knew what he was doing. Liverpool was far, far superior today.
The Reds leave Everton feeling blue, crushing them 5-2. Just like when Jose Mourinho managed his last Man U game at Anfield last year, this is probably the nail in the coffin for Marco Silva. Everton are in the relegation zone.
Liverpool Player Ratings
Jurgen Klopp (8) –
Either Klopp is playing some next level meta shit by trying to keep this close so Everton keeps Marco Silva and continues to suck, or he really likes what he sees in training from Shaq and Origi.
All joking aside, this could be a very fun and attack-minded line-up.
And it is!
Wild first half with 6 goals. To tighten up Liverpool’s defensive efforts, Klopp switches to a 4-2-3-1 in the second half with Origi up top. Definitely helps slow Everton down. Switches back to a 4-3-3 when he subs Bobby in, as his defensive work-rate makes up for some of what he was trying to accomplish with the 4-2-3-1.
All in all showed we shouldn’t doubt him any more. Made the right decisions to manage the match throughout.
The win will mark Klopp’s 100th in the Premier League. Only Jose Mourinho got to 100 wins faster.
Adrian () – Hard to blame him for the two goals in the first half. Makes a strong-handed save in the 61st.
Back in due to Alisson’s red card.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (8) – Hockey assists on Shaq’s goal with an absurd booming switch to Mane. A force offensively throughout. Four crosses, two interceptions, a shot, masterful. Subbed off for Gomez late.
Virgil van Dijk (6) – Fortunate not to give away a pk in the 25th minute with a little hip shove. Not as tidy and organized as he was this weekend. Overall was out-shined by Lovren.
Dejan Lovren (7) –
Klopp clearly comfortable with what he sees in Lovren, as he’s earning starts over Joe Gomez. And for good reason. Good lord his long pass to Origi for the 3rd goal was a thing of beauty. Did well to clear a dangerous ball in at the end of the first half. This match is also the full “Lovren Experience” as a defensive error cost us the second goal. But also sees more of the ball than any player on the pitch, leading Liverpool in possession.
Andy Robertson (6.5) – Sent a sick cross to Mane in the 2nd minute. Very poor defending early though and almost unnecessarily earns a yellow card.
Andy Robertson is such a delightful shithouse. https://t.co/3kOCnM11yu
— Liverpool Offside (@LFCOffside) December 4, 2019
Makes up for the defensive lapses though with a booming run up the pitch on a counter with Mane. Delivers the assist to go up 4-1.
Adam Lallana (6) –
Not a real surprise that he starts. It is a surprise he’s not slotted in as the #6. Lallana will be marauding up the flanks with Robbo. Doing Lallana-things on ball early. Making lots of good runs. Subbed off for Henderson in the 72nd.
James Milner (8) –
He’s starting up the right flank with TAA. Those two will be bombing crosses in like mad. Great recovery to bail Robbo out and stifle an attack. A defensive animal today. Awesome tackle and dispossesion in the 53rd. Only Milner and VVD on this squad are capable of doing that cleanly. Finds Lallana in the 60th on a through ball that’s called off-sides but wasn’t.
Georginio Wijnaldum (7.5) –
Hoping he’s tasked with playing in a more offensive role. But looks like Klopp is starting him dropped back in the Fabinho role. Doing well as the center hub, distributing smartly and quickly. Just misses an easy tap in (due to a strong Pickford save) at the 38th on a great run and ball from Mane. Doing a bit of everything. Completing dribbles, winning aerials, tackling, etc. Glad to see him get a goal at the end. He earned it today.
Xherdan Shaqiri (8.5) –
All supporters are happy that the Powercube is back. Quiet early but pinpoint finish for his goal in the 17th. Service on corners is great. Perfectly waited ball in to Mane in the 70th. Great showing by Shaq.
Sadio Mane (9) –
This feels like a match that Mane might just go off. Looks like he could’ve gone out in the 2nd minute with a knock on the head, but thankfully he was ok. Sends a deBruyne-esque through ball to Origi for the opener six minutes in. Then has a wonderful touch and pass to Shaqiri for a second assist just 11 minutes later. Nearly hat-tricks the assists in the 38th by getting to the endline and locating a good run in from Gini.
OMG…the goal to go up 4-1. His pass to Robbo and run in and absolutely perfect finish. Mane is making a 2020 Ballon D’or announcement tonight.
The camera angle on this Liverpool goal 🔥 pic.twitter.com/V9neD5zTQG
— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) December 4, 2019
Misses two gimmes at the end of the match.
Divock Origi (9.5) –
The hero of last year’s derby, Origi deserves the start here. It took all of six minutes for DIVOCK ORIGI TO HAPPEN. Great run and finish from Mane’s gorgeous through ball.
Holy moly. The touch off Lovren’s long ball and finish on his second goal (to go up 3-1) is absolutely world-class. Anyone (👀 at you, Steve Nicol) who doesn’t think Origi is an able fill-in for Salah, Mo and Bobby…just watch that second goal on repeat.
And another one! 🔥
Make that 5 goals in 4 home games for Origi against Everton.
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) December 4, 2019
Subbed off for Firmino in the 73rd.
Jordan Henderson (NR) – Comes on for Lallana in the 72nd minute.
Roberto Firmino (NR) – Replaces Origi in the 73rd. Slides into center forward as Klopp goes back to a 4-3-3. Assisted Gini’s goal.
Joe Gomez (NR) – In late for TAA. No time to make impact.
MAN OF THE MATCH
This was tough. Mane and Origi both so, so good today. Will give it to Divock Origi though. That second goal was a stunner.