It wasn’t quite the 4-0 thrashing that we handed out at Anfield last April, but yesterday’s injury time winner from Sadio Mane was no less satisfying as Liverpool took control of a characteristically scrappy encounter with cross-town rivals Everton to paint the town red.
“We didn’t have a lot actually, we had our moments and in the second half we had more, [we’re] much better and could have scored earlier,” conceded Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, explaining how his side took control after a frenetic opening half. “Then Daniel came, hit the post and Sadio finished the situation, so it was great, intense, how a derby should be, not the best football in the world, but you cannot ignore the intensity, you cannot ignore the importance of a game like this, you have to take it like it is,” added the German manager, more than happy to put another one over on the Toffees. “In the second half we took it like it should be.”
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And that, of course, means that not only have Liverpool kept up the pressure on Premier League pacesetters Chelsea, but Everton have now won only once in their last twenty encounters with the Reds. Although he’s looked a bit off the pace in the last few games, Mane was the difference on the night with the former Southampton man — who worked with Toffees boss Ronald Koeman during his time at St. Mary’s Stadium — showing his predatory instincts by reacting first to stab home after Daniel Sturridge’s well worked effort hit the post.
“I was a little bit lucky but I wish to always be lucky and score goals for the team! I’m thankful and very happy to score the winning goal for the team,” said the Senegal international. “It wasn’t an easy game but I think we deserved to win because we created a lot of chances and we got the goal,” added Mane, clearly chuffed to get out of Goodison with all three-points. “We were [facing] a very good team and we had to keep going to the end. But that’s what we did and got the win.”