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Liverpool Sweep Merseyside Derby

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Liverpool's Belgian striker Divock Origi (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring their third goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on April 1, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

In front of the home crowd at Anfield, Liverpool extended it’s unbeaten streak over their rivals Everton to thirteen games with a convincing 3-1 win.  For the season it meant that Liverpool had swept the Merseyside derby having won at Everton 1-0 earlier in the season.

Liverpool got on the scoreboard first on a great individual effort by Sadio Mane.  The Senagalese striker made a run into the box at the eight minute mark of the first half.  Mane was able to knock the ball into the Everton net driving it to his right away from a helpless Joel Robles.

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Everton equalized at the 28 minute mark when a set-piece play meant for Ashley Williams landed at the feet of Matthew Pennington who buried it past Simone Mignolet.

Liverpool was able to regain the lead quickly thanks to a great individual effort by Philippe Couthino, who danced around the Everton defenders and curled in a shot out of the reach of a dejected Robles.

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Liverpool scored the only goal of the second half when substitute Divok Origi scored a screamer roofing a shot into the top of the net, giving the game the 3-1 margin it ended on.

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The reason Origi was in the game was because of an injury scare to Mane, who got tangled up and rolled his ankle.  Mane limped off the pitch, and fans are hoping that he won’t miss anytime.

The topic of conversation after the game was tackled, specifically a jarring tackle by Everton’s Ross Barkley on Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren.  The studs high tackle drew criticism from the pundits which set off Everton manager Ronald Koeman.

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Koeman’s post-game rant noted his displeasure:

“I don’t like coaches from the bench the whole time shouting to referees, to linesmen and to make a big show about tackles… because it was one tackle and they were crazy, and even [when] they did not need a physio on the pitch. It’s not what I like, it’s a man’s sport and your behaviour has to be like that.”

Meanwhile Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp chose to stay above the fray after the game despite showing emotions after the tackle:

“It’s not my job to say about tackles. I create a story ‘Klopp says’ – if you think it was a problem, then speak about it.”

Despite the chippy play Liverpool managed their lead well and the win maintains them in a strong place as they stay in the top three of the league table and European qualifying spot.

Liverpool will play next on Wednesday as they face Bournemouth.

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