Matchweek 9
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Sat 21 Oct 2023
Kick Off:
Anfield, Liverpool
Att: 50,201
Ref: Craig Pawson



Club reports

Mohamed Salah's brace helped Liverpool claim Merseyside bragging rights as they beat 10-man Everton 2-0 at Anfield. 

Salah smashed a penalty past Jordan Pickford deep into the second half before completing a brace on the counter-attack in stoppage time to continue Liverpool's dominance over their local rivals, who had Ashley Young sent off for two yellow cards in the first half.

How it unfolded

Liverpool made four changes to their starting XI. Kostas Tsimikas replaced the injured Andrew Robertson, while Jurgen Klopp deployed a midfield three of Ryan Gravenberch, Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai for the first time. 

The Reds dominated possession against an unchanged Everton but struggled to create clear-cut opportunities, with Salah's curled shot over the crossbar the closest they came to scoring in the opening half an hour. 

Liverpool have received more red cards than any other team this season, with four, but it was their opponents who were reduced to 10 men after 37 minutes. Young fouled Luis Diaz with a slide tackle and was shown a second yellow card, 19 minutes after his first for a challenge on the same player. 

It was the 23rd red card in a Merseyside derby, making it the fixture with the most in Premier League history. 

Sean Dyche reacted at half-time with two defensive changes, bringing on Michael Keane and Nathan Patterson for Jack Harrison and Dwight McNeil, but it was one of those substitutes who inadvertently cost Everton. 

After keeping Liverpool out until 74 minutes, Keane gave away a penalty for a handball from Diaz's cross. Salah smashed past Pickford, whose water bottle next to his goal with a picture of Liverpool's past penalties was of no help. 

Everton tried to reply, bringing Arnaut Danjuma off the bench, but could not gain a foothold with 10 men. Indeed, after Dominic Calvert-Lewin's header inside the opening 30 seconds, they failed to have another shot on target, as Liverpool kept a 27th Premier League clean sheet against Everton, their most against an opponent.

The star of the show was Salah, who made sure of the win in the seventh minute of added time, sweeping in at the near post after being set up by Darwin Nunez on the counter-attack.

Salah has now been directly involved in 28 goals in his last 23 Premier League appearances for Liverpool, and has either scored or assisted in his last 13 appearances at Anfield. Only Alan Shearer, with runs of 18 and 17, and Thierry Henry, a run of 17, have ever done so in more consecutive home matches in the competition.

Liverpool, who have now lost only one of their last 26 Premier League meetings with Everton, move above Tottenham Hotspur on goals scored, with 20 points from their nine matches this season.

Liverpool report | Everton report
What the managers said

Jurgen Klopp: “I liked what I saw, besides that we should have finished situations off better. They didn’t even become chances but there were super situations where we had four-v-one, four-v-two counter-attacks and with the quality we have, we have to play a better last pass.

"What was really important today [was] that we didn’t get frustrated in the second half with the fact that we didn’t score already. And I thought we did that really well, I saw that we were ready just to play to the final whistle, try it, and then we scored the first goal."

Sean Dyche: “There was a different side to us today - the commitment to defend properly, keep our shape and the energy was very pleasing.

“We weren’t as free-flowing as we had been - there were too many soft giveaways with the ball - but the defensive side I was pleased with and going down to 10 men, I was pleased with until the penalty.

“I think there’s been positivity all season. It’s a different kind of positivity today. This one gets taken away from us. The fans saw their team giving everything and I’m sure they’re frustrated.”

Match officials

Referee: Craig Pawson. Assistants: Marc Perry, Wade Smith. Fourth official: Thomas Bramall. VAR: David Coote. Assistant VAR: Stuart Burt.

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Match officials

Referee: Craig Pawson

Assistants: Marc Perry, Wade Smith

Fourth Official: Thomas Bramall

VAR: David Coote

Assistant VAR: Stuart Burt

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