With all eyes falling on Anfield on Monday night, Liverpool claimed Merseyside bragging rights after securing a routine 2-0 victory against local rivals Everton.
While the former Premier League champions might have shown a string of issues throughout this season, Jurgen Klopp’s side put in an almost trademark display here as they breezed past an Everton side who find themselves at the heart of a relegation scrap.
Opening the scoring late in the first-half with a stunning counter-attack as Mohamed Salah swept home just 18 seconds after Everton had a corner down the other end, Klopp would have been thrilled with his side’s display at Anfield.
Watching January arrival Cody Gakpo finally open his account just moments after returning from the half-time break as the Dutch international tapped home from close range, Liverpool really didn’t have to get out of third gear for large spells.
In a heavyweight derby that often proved to be a fiery affair from Anfield, we have taken a look at the main talking points as the Premier League giants claimed Merseyside bragging rights on home soil.
Liverpool must use this as a platform
Coming off the back of a nightmare 3-0 drumming away at relegation scrappers Wolves last weekend, Liverpool were more than aware that they faced a huge amount of pressure on them at Anfield.
However, although Klopp’s side might have shown a string of issues since returning from the World Cup’s winter break, the former Borussia Dortmund boss was left thrilled with a crucial display on Monday night.
Clinching all three points thanks to a pair of stellar counter-attacking strikes, fans around the red half of Merseyside will be calling on their team to use this performance as a platform to build on going forward.
Finally managing to grab their first domestic victory since opening 2023, Klopp’s men will be desperate to try and find some much-needed stability during the second-half of the campaign.
Still sat nine points adrift of breaking back into the top-four, Liverpool face what could be a season-defining showdown this weekend.
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