football evening on the Foggy Albion included two big Derbies. The
first one has taken place on Anfield where Liverpool and Everton were
playing against each other. The team of Jurgen Klopp was strong,
having scored 32 goals in nine last matches in all tournaments. But
the Toffees with Samuel Allardyce ‘s appointment have seriously
improved their skills. The team had won three last games with the
general goal difference 9:0.
Klopp has greatly surprised the public with the choice of a starting
lineup. The German expert sidelined Roberto Firmino and Philippe
Coutinho and preferred Dominic Solanke and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Klopp had explained his choice saying that British feel the essence
of this Derby much better. At the injured Alberto Moreno couldn’t
play in left line of defense at Liverpool and Andrew Robertson had
taken this position.
by snow Liverpool from first minutes rushed into the attack and the
dangerous moment occurred. James Milner from the left corner of a six
yard box kicked after a cross from the wing but the ball was caught
by the defender. The team of Jurgen Klopp continued to pressure upon
the opponent demonstrating unattractive football. Everton’s
football players were behind the line of a ball and Sam Allardyce’s
players were building their rare attacks using long balls in the
attack. By the way, the coach of the Toffees was using the earphone
but it is unclear what information and to whom Big Sam could pass.
Reds were able to realize their superiority in the forty second
minute thanks to phenomenal actions of Mohamed Salah. On the right in
rivals’ penalty area the Egyptian was able to cope with two
opponents then he had made fine passing shot into distant nine!
Before the break Liverpool had perfect chance to strengthen a goal
advantage. Sadio Mané thanks to speed left Ashley Williams, having
organized the patch to “three in one”. The Senegalese
ignored partners on the right and decided to shot himself but he
didn’t reach the far corner!
the break Sam Allardyce let out Morgan Schneiderlin and Aaron Lennon
but these shifts didn’t change anything. Liverpool was pressing and
created the scoring chance very moment soon. Mohamed Salah responded
to a pass from the right done by James Milner and headed – the ball
didn’t reach the target. A bit later the dangerous header was made
by Joe Gómez. But also this time the football player from the Reds
was lacking in!
continued to attack, and Everton was only defending but the rare
attack of guests in fifteen minutes till the end of full time brought
them success. Calvert-Lewin appeared in rivals’ penalty area after
he was pushed slightly in a back by Dejan Lovren. Craig Pawson
appreciated an episode and surely showed on a penalty mark. The
penalty was accurately scored by Wayne Roone who made a hard shot to
the center of gates. The Reds rushed to the attack and theToffees
moved back and defended a draw.
shot the gates 23 times, Everton – 3. But you should search for a
logic in football. The Merseyside Derby came to the end in a draw.
Perhaps, Jurgen Klopp will be punished for the choice of a squad.