Liverpool 2-0 Everton: Mohamed Salah scores to win controversial Merseyside derby after Ashley Young is sent off

Report and highlights as Mohamed Salah’s goals win Liverpool’s Merseyside derby against Everton at Anfield;


Ashley Young was sent off for the away team, while Ibrahima Konate was lucky to avoid the same penalty for the Reds.

Mohamed Salah scored two late goals to help Liverpool win 2-0 against Everton, who suffered the dismissal of Ashley Young in a controversial Merseyside derby at Anfield.

Ashley Young’s red card for two bookable offenses in the first half left Sean Dyche’s side in distress and Liverpool finally made a breakthrough in the 74th minute when Salah converted from the penalty spot after a handball from Michael Keane.

The Egyptian’s second stoppage-time goal was a better reflection of Liverpool’s dominance, but it was difficult for Everton given the determination they showed, especially when they were only once below 10.

They were able to highlight a controversial moment just before the goal, when Ibrahima Konate was lucky to avoid a red card.

Dyche was booked for his complaints, with the only consolation being the way his team fought back against the odds. For Klopp, the hard-fought victory ended a run of two games without a win.

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Player Ratings

Liverpool: Alisson (6), Alexander-Arnold (6), Konate (5), Van Dijk (6), Tsimikas (5), Mac Allister (6), Gravenberch (7), Szoboszlai (8), Salah (8) , Jota (7), Diaz (8).

Substitutes: Nunez (7), Elliott (7), Matip (6), Gomez (6). Everton: Pickford (6), Young (3), Tarkowski (7), Branthwaite (6), Mykolenko (6), Garner (5), Onana (6), Harrison (5), Doucoure (6), McNeil (5 ). ), Calvert-Lewin (5).
Subs: Keane (5), Patterson (5), Beto (6), Danjuma (6), Chermiti (n/a).

Player of the match: Luis Díaz.
How the teams lined up | Game statistics

Sky Sports’ Vinny O’Connor and Adam Bate discuss Liverpool’s win over Everton in the Merseyside derby and whether Ibrahima Konate should be sent off.

Although Liverpool controlled possession throughout, their best chances in the first half came from counter-attacks.

Their transition speed was particularly threatening when Everton used their forward body for their own attacking kicks.

The difference in pace was never more evident than when the ball went to the 38-year-old Young.

The veteran could have avoided a booking for his first attack, but interfering with Luis Diaz late in the half was a rash move that warranted a second yellow card.

It put even more pressure on an Everton side attempting to win back-to-back Premier League away games for the first time since Carlo Ancelotti’s reign, and after reaching half-time,

stubborn resistance was at the heart of the attempt to retain the indicate.

Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp made four changes from the team that drew at Brighton, including Kostas Tsimikas replacing Andy Robertson. The other three who joined the group were Ibrahima Konate, Ryan Gravenberch and Diogo Jota.

Everton: Sean Dyche has decided to stick with the team that beat Bournemouth at home last time out, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin leading the way for the Toffees.

Dyche got rid of both wingers and opted for a 5-3-1 formation, which managed to frustrate Liverpool early in the second half as the game came within 40 yards of Jordan Pickford’s goal.

James Tarkowski’s courageous block parried Salah. Liverpool investigated.

Controversy arose when Konate, who had already been shown a yellow card for preventing a counterattack, was deemed to have fouled Beto in another break. Craig Pawson retained his yellow card this time, leaving Everton fans and their manager furious.

Klopp, who had already removed his left-back in an attacking move, immediately replaced Konate for Joel Matip, realizing that the defender had been lucky.

The decisive moment came shortly afterwards, with the great Diaz now serving as an auxiliary left-back.

The Colombian striker almost won a penalty moments earlier after a challenge from Nathan Patterson, but there was little discussion about awarding the penalty as Keane blocked the winger’s cross with his outstretched arm. Salah beat Pickford for the Kop.

There was a surprisingly unnerving finish as the scoreboard rose to reveal nine minutes of extra time given how little Everton had offered in attack – their best chance coming through Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the very first minute. But when the second goal arrived, it was still Salah’s.

Darwin Nunez kept running and had the presence of mind to pick out his teammate who scored his second goal of the match and seventh Premier League goal of the season. Emphatic at the end. Completely one-sided. But still a typically lively Merseyside derby.

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Center from the winger with the arm outstretched. Salah beat Pickford in front of the Kop.

There was a surprisingly nervy finale as the scoreboard rose to show nine minutes of added time given what little Everton had offered in attack – the best chance falling to Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the first minute. But when the second goal arrived, it was Salah’s goal again.

Darwin Nunez ran in and had the presence of mind to pick out his teammate, who scored his second goal of the match and his seventh Premier League goal of the season. Emphatic at the end. Unilateral everywhere. But another typically tough Merseyside derby.

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“The fact that they did not receive a red card is an impossibility of football,” Dyche told beIN Sport after the match, referring to Liverpool defender Konate not receiving a second yellow card. for throwing at Beto just minutes after his loss. reserve.

“I don’t think it’s complicated today. The fact that their manager withdrew his centre-back straight after was a clear sign of what he was thinking. Everyone in the stadium and at home thought the same thing. But it’s the people who count. » I didn’t think that. “It was a bizarre game to referee, it was very bizarre.”

Image: Everton manager Sean Dyche reacted angrily when Ibrahima Konate was not sent off

Watching the Konate incident on Football Saturday, former Premier League referee Mike Dean said: “I think it’s a second yellow card, for consistency. You sent off a player for two fouls in the first half. He got two in ten minutes. ” “

Dyche then said in his press conference: “I saw the footage and in a second he said: ‘Not a chance.’ He didn’t even give himself time to think: if he gives himself ten seconds, I bet he will give the yellow card, especially in the modern game. To me, it’s just weird.

Speaking to reporters afterwards, Klopp added: “When he didn’t get a yellow card, I took it away. I can totally understand Sean’s frustration right now.

The Liverpool manager is not convinced it would have changed the result. “We were the better team. Would we have won? I don’t know, but it’s not like we didn’t have a chance to win the game. It was 2-0 and we deserved the three points, there’s no doubt about that.”

Player of the match: Luis Diaz

Salah’s two goals made the difference between the two teams, but the star of the match was Diaz. It was his deliberate running that triggered Young’s error, which even Klopp acknowledged changed the game and it was he whose cross led to the decisive penalty.

The referees’ key decisions may have gone in Liverpool’s favor, but Klopp was not a passive figure in this match. His decision to withdraw Kostas Tsimikas after an hour was the right one. The Greek left-back found space as Everton fell deeper and deeper.

Asking the more skilful Diaz to use that space slightly further down the left was a brave decision, but it was brilliant as he was able to start his runs from slightly further back, quickly exposing Everton’s flank. Thanks to Klopp and thanks to the amazing Diaz.
The derby won by Liverpool in the statistics

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has now won nine Premier League games against Everton, overtaking Rafa Benitez for the most wins by a manager in Merseyside derbies in the competition.

Liverpool have kept four consecutive clean sheets against Everton in the Premier League, the longest spell without them in the competition since 1976.
Everton have picked up just seven points from nine Premier League games this season, the fewest at this stage of a league match since 2005.

Mohamed Salah has scored or provided an assist in each of his last 13 Premier League games for Liverpool at Anfield. Only Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry have done so for more consecutive home league appearances.

Salah was directly involved in eight goals in ten Premier League appearances against Everton for Liverpool. Only Steven Gerrard has scored more goals for the Reds than Salah in this league match.

Everton’s Ashley Young became the first player to be sent off for two yellow cards in a Premier League match against Liverpool since Sadio Mane played for Southampton.

Young’s sending off for Everton made him the third oldest player to be sent off in a Premier League match, after Stuart Pearce and Phil Jagielka.

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