Liverpool kept the pressure on Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table and pushed local rivals Everton towards relegation with a 2-0 win in the Merseyside derby on Sunday.Catch up with the highlights and reaction here.
The Toffees’ day got off a terrible start even before a ball was kicked at Anfield as Burnley’s 1-0 win over Wolves dumped Everton into the relegation zone.
Second-half goals from Andy Robertson and Divock Origi ensured they remained there despite a spirited display in a feisty encounter.
A 12th consecutive home league win for Liverpool cuts City’s lead at the top of the table back to one point with five games remaining.
“Thank God a football game has two halves,” said Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.
“I’m really happy because it isn’t about flying every week, it is about getting results.”
Everton have still not won away from home in the league since August, but they dispelled criticism of being a soft touch away from Goodison Park by showing the fight they will need in the remaining six games to maintain their 68-year stay in the top-flight.
In stark contrast to Manchester United’s capitulation in losing 4-0 at Anfield in midweek, Frank Lampard’s men at least managed to make the Reds earn the three points.
“The important thing is to stick with it. The attitude and the way the lads stuck to their task today was really, really good,” said Lampard, despite his side enjoying just 17 percent possession.
Everton trail Burnley by two points and could be five adrift of safety by the time they are next in action against Lampard’s old club Chelsea.
“We’ve got six games to Burnley’s five left,” he added.
“We had to expect Burnley might win today and worry about our own job. It’s important not to get sucked into that in a negative way.”