Four consecutive defeats in the league is a first for almost a century for Liverpool. This Saturday, the Reds fell again against Everton in the Mersey derby. Worse yet, their infirmary is filling up, with the injury of Jordan Henderson.
Everton had not won at Anfield since 1999. But faced with Liverpool in great difficulty, defeated in their last three Premier League games and in their last three appearances at Anfield, the Toffees had a chance to win and they grabbed it. On the contrary, this luck eludes the Reds who, despite a ball possession rate of more than 70%, saw several of their chances wiped out by Everton’s defense and their lack of accuracy. They were picked cold, from the third minute, by Richarlison, thrown deep by James to deceive Alisson. Henderson and then Alexander Arnold tried to equalize, but Pickford interposed two superb consecutive saves.
In the second half, despite their good intentions, Jurgen Klopp’s men failed to deceive the Toffees goalkeeper, who made another decisive save against Salah in the 69th minute. And as nothing seems to smile on the defending champions, they conceded a penalty in the 83rd minute after Calvert-Lewin stumbled upon Alexander-Arnold after a counterattack. Penalty scored by Sigurdsson, to seal the victory of Everton and the crisis of results of Liverpool. It has been almost a century, 98 years precisely, that the Reds had not chained 4 consecutive defeats in the league.
It is the carnage at the Liverpool infirmary. Jordan Henderson, who suffered a muscle injury and left in the 25th minute, joins the long list of injured defensive players. Van Dijk, Gomez, Matip, Fabinho, Milner and now Henderson unavailable, Jurgen Klopp must deal with inexperienced players, including Ozan Kabak, who landed in England during the winter transfer window. The Turk, already guilty of disagreements with Alisson in recent matches, did not show a more reassuring face against Everton. On the Toffees’ goal, he lets Richarlison pass behind his back, while covering him with a possible offside position. Often badly placed, he also received a yellow card at the end of the first half for a late intervention on Seamus Coleman. While waiting for Fabinho’s upcoming return, Klopp can only count on Kabak and youngsters Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams.
With this victory, Everton joined Liverpool in the standings. Both teams now have 40 points. The Reds are 6th ahead of the Toffees on a better goal difference, but Ancelotti’s men were one game less.