THE INJURY PROBLEMS PILE UP AT LIVERPOOL
Five senior Liverpool players who started the season have played at centre-back and all five have been injured. Henderson has joined Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Matip & Fabinho on the injury list. The English captain pulled up barely half an hour in with a groin problem while he attempted to guide Ozan Kabak through another game at center-back. Pairing the January signing with Henderson’s replacement Nathaniel Phillips saw Jurgen Klopp fielding his 18th different combination at the heart of defense.
Embed from Getty Images
FIRST WIN AT ANFIELD IN OVER 22 YEARS FOR EVERTON
History came full circle for both clubs in this 238th Merseyside derby clash. Liverpool’s ignominy of suffering a fourth straight home defeat in over a century was overshadowed by Everton’s own history-equalling feat in winning. The visitors were always going to require something special to break the habit of a generation with a winless run at Anfield which stretched back to 1999.
Richarlison’s early opener mirrored the quick-fire nature of Kevin Campbell’s decisive strike which last gave the Blues bragging rights across Stanley Park. Yet Carlo Ancelotti’s side did not simply end their hoodoo behind enemy lines: it was emphatically smashed by their manager’s carefully-crafted master plan. Wednesday’s defeat to Manchester City had armed the Everton manager with a perfect road map to ultimately etch his name into the club’s modern folklore.