Evertonians have been calling for fight from their team for much of what has become a frustratingly poor season. It arrived in the form of a 2-1 win over Arsenal last Tuesday that Blues fans hoped would mark some sort of turning point in the campaign.
It certainly instilled hope that the desire shown in that game could be carried over into the Merseyside derby this evening and that Everton could begin addressing an awful run of results against Liverpool over the last decade. The requisite passion was there but it was wholly unmatched in terms of quality and, sadly, Jürgen Klopp’s horde was able to summon enough of it to tip the game their direction in stoppage time.
Fortune didn’t so much favour the brave — the home side had given almost everything in terms of commitment, some of it mis-placed, as it was when Ross Barkley lunged in dangerously on Jordan Henderson in the second half was perhaps fortunate to only see yellow — as it did reward the more composed of the two teams when Daniel Sturridge’s 94th-minute shot came back off the post and Sadio Mané converted to settle the game.
Ronald Koeman will no doubt be galled by the sight of Ashley Williams standing stock still as the Senegalese reacted quicker to the rebound, just as he will rue the significant disruption to his game plan when James McCarthy was forced off at half time with another injury. It robbed the Dutchman of much of the energy in his midfield and the manner in which his side dropped back to accommodate the veteran Gareth Barry played right into Klopp’s hands.
Koeman shouldn't be able to deny just how little quality Everton showed for the vast majority of this game, however, particularly in the second half where the Blues’ performance degenerated into a disjointed sequence of poor distribution from the back, an absence of leadership in midfield and almost non-existent hold-up play from his forward line.
Romelu Lukaku, hopelessly isolated for the most part, had little support but he did himself few favours with one of his worst performances in a blue jersey. His control was sloppy, his dribbling clumsy, his pressing erratic and yet, with a bit more luck as he tried to barrel through as four Liverpool players collapsed around him in the closing stages, he might have been the one to plunder a winner.
Meanwhile Barkley, the great creative hope in the side, was equally dreadful, if not more so, encapsulating the lack of composure and guile in Koeman’s team in a display where the only mark he left in the contest was on the ankle of Henderson. The 23-year-old held up his end of bargain in terms of aggression but at the expense of anything genuinely productive when he had the ball at his feet.
The evening had begun promisingly enough for Everton. With just the one change of Ramiro Funes Mori coming in for the suspended Phil Jagielka enforced upon the manager, they appeared to have picked up from where they left off against Arsenal. There was no shortage of tempo or purpose about their play in the first half and twice they got forward down the right flank in the early going to put crosses into the box.
Aaron Lennon, who started well but faded badly as the game wore on, saw an 11th-minute shot ricochet off a defender but Barkley wasn’t able to react in time to collect the loose ball in space in the area. Enner Valencia smacked a disappointing direct free kick into the wall a minute later but Everton’s best chance of the half was served up by Lennon — a low cross from the left that Ragnar Klavan got a foot to to take it off Lukaku’s toe as he was about to pull the trigger from a central position.
Nathaniel Clyne delivered a similar cross looking for Divock Origi at one end but he hammered wide with a Blues defender in close attendance. At the other, Barkley dragged one shot wide from the edge of the box and Funes Mori planted a header off a corner wide of the other post as the first half ended goalless.
Having required treatment for a leg injury shortly before the interval and then carried on gingerly until half time, it wasn’t a surprise when McCarthy failed to emerge for the second half. He was replaced by Barry but there was a noticeable drop off in Everton’s shape and energy in midfield, all of which contributed to growing confidence in Liverpool’s ranks. Where the Blues were unable to sustain any kind of attacking momentum, the ball would come back on their defence more and more as the second period progressed.
They were carved open just five minutes after the restart when Firmino found himself in behind the last defender for the first time but Stekelenburg denied him by coming off his line and blocking his effort to life the ball over him. Clyne’s shot from the rebound was charged down.
Barry meanwhile floated a teasing ball into the Liverpool box that Lukaku steered over with his head before Stekelenburg was forced off with a leg injury of his own following a collision with Leighton Baines. The fullback had done well to slide in and force Mané into firing just wide but it was at the expense of his goalie who hobbled off to be replaced by Joel Robles.
The Spaniard earned his corn with a terrific save to foil Firmino in the 80th minute as the Brazilian caught Barkley napping at a corner and despatched a side-foot volley searching for the bottom corner but Robles dived to his left to push it away to safety. His introduction for Stekelenburg had robbed Koeman of one more outfield substitution, although, of the options available to him, perhaps only Kevin Mirallas offered any hope of bringing something genuinely different to proceedings and he was overlooked in favour of Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
The youngster had a few promising touches and put himself about gamely but a victory already looked beyond the Blues who were unable to muster much more beyond a Williams header (Everton's only effort on target in 100 minutes of football) from a free kick that made for a comfortable catch for Simon Mignolet in the Liverpool goal.
Nevertheless, Everton looked to have ground out an unspectacular draw as the match dragged into eight minutes of stoppage time. Lady Luck would smile once more on the Reds though when Daniel Sturridge, himself a second-half substitute, was shepherded across the edge of the box by Baines before he screwed an awkward shot goal-wards with his left foot. It evaded the wrong-footed Robles, came back off the base of the post and Mané was rewarded for following the shot in between two static blue shirts with a simple conversion into the empty net.
1-0 almost became 2-0 as Everton desperately chased an equaliser but Coleman did brilliantly to get back and slide Firmino’s goal-bound shot behind for a corner.
Koeman expressed his disappointment at the fact that side had been beaten in injury time but described their performance as “outstanding.” Depressingly, it was anything but and just one shot on target with a paltry 32% of possession on your own turf tells its own story. The ingredients were there — the Old Lady was loud and raucous and the fight was there in the players for the most part — but Everton sorely lack genuine quality and were, on the whole, inferior to the team that will go into Christmas sitting in second place.
That remains the sickening reality for a fanbase that does not deserve to be looking back on just one Merseyside derby win in the last 20. With progress being made off the pitch, signalled by major shareholder Farhad Moshiri’s consolidation of the club’s debt under a single interest-free loan, the long-term future looks brighter and there is hope that the Blues will have the resources to be challenging up at the top where they belong.
Tonight, however, was merely an extension of the last three months — a stark illustration of the rebuilding job that remains to be done on the field before Everton’s re-emergence as a Premier League power can become a reality.
Ronald Koeman makes one changes to the side that started against Arsenal, bringing Ramiro Funes Mori in to replace the suspended Phil Jagielka.
The skipper is sidelined as he serves a one-match ban for picking up two yellow cards last Tuesday while Gareth Barry remains on the bench.
The bench includes two U23 players in the form of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Jonjoe Kenny, as well as Mason Holgate.
The game kicked off in an electric atmosphere with the Goodison crowd in fine voice, hoping to elevate the tempoo of the Blues game, inviting them to press Liverpool high up the field, and it was gritty, scrappy stuff as a result. Coleman got in good run and not one but two fair crosses, headed away.
Lukaku was next to get down the right and put in a fine cross... only he needed to be on the other end of it, where there was no-one. Mane and Baines fought for the ball and Everton's up-and-at-em start was doing enough to put the Reds well off their stride. Barkley should have done better to release Lukaku but the big man was too close to him. But much of the early going was in Liverpool's half, which was just what the crowd wanted to see.
Some great competitive play saw Valencia win a dangerous free-kick after it seemed Barkley might have had a chance with a ball that came to him very quickly. Valencia powered the free-kick poorly into the wall. Coleman was in sharply with the tackle as the Blues needed to maintain the high-speed pressing all across the field.
Barkley tried a clever ball for Lukaku that did not come off as the Blues were perhaps a little to frenetic in building their attacks. Lukaku trapped a high ball form Stekelenburg well but seemed to be fouled'; Mike Dean, however, was letting the game 'flow' -- hardly the right word, and it favoured Liverpool who tried to mount their first attack, stopped by Gana staying close to Mane.
Barkley set Coleman off down the right but could not control the great return ball in to him. Coleman then tried a long ball down the line for Valencia to chase. There was decent period of sustained pressure until Valencia tried and failed to buy a free-kick.
The best move so far saw Lennon spin wide left and play it in low for Lukaku but Klavan had the measure of him and deflected the ball away from the Everton striker. Barkley took a shot that was drilled wide.
Valencia was altogether way too hyped up for his own good, giving the ball away and allowing Liverpool to mount a rare forward move down the Everton left, and a another with Lallana down the right, then Wijnaldum fired well over.
Liverpool were getting more of the play now after 25 minutes of Everton dominance with no real strike on goal. Baines gave away a free-kick wide left, that Milner took but Dean blew immediately for a Liverpool foul. Williams was called for a high foot on Origi.
Liverpool put together a threatening move that cut through the middle of the Everton defence but fortunately there was no shot on goal... a warning, however. Lukaku in the middle passed straight to a red shirt, and another Liverpool attack had to be halted by Funes Mori. Lukaku did the same with the next ball forward and Liverpool looked to probe with more effect. Plenty of fouls being called now in favour of the Reds.
Finally, the Blues broke out, Coleman chasing a ball down and Henderson handling the cross off his hip but outside the area and not called, However a real threat then at the other end, a low cross into Origi under pressure from Williams and screwed wide.
Coleman put in a good cross but Lukaau could not flick it past Mignolet. James McCarthy went down, clutching his hamstring and a long break followed, with Barry out and warming up. The game finally restarted and Lukaku again could not hold the ball up, Liverpool on the attack again, until Mane played in behind for a goal-kick.
Valencia's determination won Everton's first corner delivered superbly by Barkley, an outswinger, headed wide by Funes Mori. Barkley tracked Origi, pulling his shirt before he tackled the striker rather clumsily and gave away a free-kick near the corner flag. Milner's clever ball was punched away from a throw by Stekelenburg. And that was it for a rather poor game in terms of any real football, but plenty of spirit and desire shown by the Blues.
Barry replaced McCarthy as the battle resumed after the break, with Liverpool showing greater control but Gana breaks it down and plays it up to Lukaku only for him to lose it yest again under the superior pressure of Klavan. Liverpool won their first corner and Everton needed to be solid at the back, Firmino somehow got behind the Blues defence off a loped ball from the half-way line and seemed set to fire past Stekelenburg but the keeper was out fast and parried it away.
Liverpool had raised their game since the break and kept pressing with Everton unable to break or hold possession. Valencia gave the ball away at the Everton area and it needed Gana to rescue things and try to break. Barry swung in a superb cross inviting Lukaku to head home but it bounced harmlessley off the top of his head, in the vague direction of goal.
Everton looked to break, Lovren blocking Lukaku and taking a yellow card. Barkley tried to get Valencia into the Reds area,but the ball wasn't rally going Everton's way. A bit of a mix-up as Mane came in on Stekelenburg, Baines in smarty to stop the striker with a tremendous challenge while taking out his goalkeeper. After a lot of treatment, Stekelenburg insisted on playing on, with Williams taking the goalkick. However, Robles was finally brought on, with Calvert-Lewin, who had been set to come on, being sent back to the bench.
Sharp tackles were going in without Mike Dean being too concerned, and Everton looked to get forward through Valencia and Gana but Lukaku was out by the sideline and lost the ball. Barkley caught Henderson late and that led to some handbags, Coleman And Lalana setting to it. It looked pretty bad from Barkely, no doubt much to the enthusiasm of fans who want to see the young Blue putting more bite into his game. This one a little foolhardy though... possibly worth a straight red, it was very reminiscent of a typical Liverpool dirty tackle of old.
Mane fell heavily into Barry, before Dominic Calvert-Lewin came on for Enner Valencia, Koeman's final change. DCL's first touch was poor and that sets up a Liverpool attack that was thwarted. Everton then attacked but a weak header was caught by Mignolet. At the other end Liverpool came close again. Firmino tried a spectacular overhead kick that was well wayward.
Most of the play was now coming from Liverpool, as it had been all half, with Everton on the back foot. Liverpool won a corner as Sturridge and Can were readied to come on. Firmino volleyed goalward and Robles got down superbly to palm it away.
Barkley was looking to get himsekf sent off, it seemed with more silliness, but Mike Dean restrained himself. Gana then went in on Mane and got himself a yellow card as Everton seemed more desperate to stop Liverpool scoring as the game entered the final 5 mins. Liverpool kept pushing forward but Can made a right fool of himself with a shot that sliced more than 90 degrees to go out at the half-way line.
Gana tripped Mane again, and Liverpool attacked again, a corner applying more pressure into the 90th minute. Williams clearing the headed ball away from danger as 8 minutes of time were added on, with Everton hardly mounting an attack worthy of the name in a poor second half were they were forced to defend.
Everton won a soft free-kick in midfield and it was played for Barkley to cross in but he got right underneath it, a horrible mess. Lukaku somehow git free and looked to run at the Liverpool goal but three defenders crowded him out. And at the other Sturridge fired past Robles who seemed to misjudge and scrambled toward it, hit the post and it bounced back for Mane to score with ease.
Firmino seemed certain to get a second but Coleman incredibly scooped it off the line, an amazing last ditch save as the game went into the 10th minute of added time, and the first home defeat of the season, a real sickener.
Yet More Derby Misery
I'd had a good day. My sister gave birth to a beautiful baby girl in the morning on the same day my brother celebrated his birthday so when you think about happy families the derby result is kind of put into perspective. However the misery doesn't ease. I can barely remember what a Merseyside derby win feels like it's been that long but seldom will one be decided as cruelly as this one. Will we ever have a shot screw off the post and across the goal in the 94th minute for someone to tap in for a Merseyside derby winner? The one time we did spawn an injury time winner Graham Poll blew for full time when the ball crossed the goal line for Heavens-sake. Luck, and decisions, just don't go our favour in Merseyside derbies.
That said, Liverpool will feel they did enough to win the game such was Everton's inability to match them in midfield after the break and it was apt that the best player on the pitch by a country mile scored the winning goal, even if he won't get many easier. After a good go in the first half, Everton just didn't come out of the traps in the second, or even stay with Liverpool who were right on the money after the break. Whilst Divock Origi missed a great chance in the first half, our "if only" opportunity came the way of Ramiro Funes Mori, usually such a good attacking header of the ball, but he headed wide with a good chance from a corner kick. However we were in the game up until half time and right in their faces.
Whilst we have to accept defeat as the better team won, we can point to bit of misfortune in losing the scrappy James McCarthy at the break, and also in losing Maarten Stekelenburg midway through the second half. It meant we could only use one tactical substitution in the end and though I love to see young players get opportunities, I felt this was a wasted substitution from Ronald Koeman when Enner Valencia's toil was becoming quite useful in the game.
You felt for Romelu Lukaku in attack. He won countless headers but Ross Barkley and Enner Valencia weren't getting around him enough. You really struggled to see how we were going to find a route to goal and the closest we came was perhaps late on when Romelu Lukaku ran at them on his own and nearly made it through, the ball ricocheting to the grateful, and criminally under-worked throughout, Simon Mignolet.
With eight minutes of stoppage time signalled and Everton, briefly at this point, in the game, the crowd roared and we dared to dream. We won a free kick in a reasonable position to whip a good ball in. Get a good ball into the box, win your header and you just never know, but only Everton can make a mess of things like we did here. First Ross Barkley tried to slip it down the flank to Seamus Coleman but didn't get nearly enough contact on it and Seamus had to work well to control the ball and get it back to Ross for another crossing opportunity. Ross then spooned the ball up into the air so ridiculously high and out for a goal kick. Jesus just get the ball in the box Ross! I actually hold that piece of stupidity semi-responsible for Liverpool's winner. Yes, a lot happened between then and Liverpool's goal but they were on the front foot straight away when they should have been pegged back. And what goes and happens? Daniel Sturridge scuffs a shot which moved so slowly, almost seemingly in slow motion that I don't know why Joel Robles didn't just run over to it and pick it up. I was at the other end of the pitch, and would have to see it again, but I couldn't believe how slowly the ball travelled and how it wasn't stopped.
It couldn't, of course, have just bounced off the post and away. No, this is Liverpool, with endless luck. It instead went across goal and was stabbed in by the grateful Mane. It was such an Everton way to lose a game and we do this all the time. Ugly scenes marred the final few minutes. Two or three flares were thrown onto the pitch by Liverpool supporters and one fan played a bit of Keystone Cops down at the Park End. Someone else also got onto the pitch nearer us in the Lower Gwladys but I don't really know what happened there.
In the remainder of stoppage time we just couldn't get any momentum to force an equaliser and it was almost a relief to be put out of our misery on what must have been 100+ minutes. Did we have just the one shot on target (and that very easy for Mignolet) in all that time? I can moan about bad goalkeeping and Liverpool's luck but if you don't shoot, you don't score. We should try that once in a while.
So that's my Merseyside derby misery over with for another season as I can't see myself going to Anfield for more pain. I wish we could just abandon this fixture such is our pitiful record. I expect defeat every time now and just can't wait for that patronising head nod "unlucky mate" wince from my Liverpool FC supporting colleagues tomorrow.
Happy bloody Christmas.
Stekelenburg: People questioned his distribution but one stray kick aside, he seemed to find Romelu Lukaku most often with his kicks, it was what happened from there which went wrong. Nobody got around Lukaku to feed off his headers. Maarten made a great save in the second half and taking him off was a substitution we really could have done without having to make. 7
Baines: My man of the match. Our skipper for the evening produced a classy display, especially defensively. 8
Funes Mori: He had an excellent first half but for a while was all at sea in the second though did recover and looked to have contributed towards keeping them out. He wasn't our worst centre back of the evening. 6
Williams: He seems so lethargic at times and doesn't even get the basics right. A really loose display for me and he certainly has some way to go to win me over in an Everton shirt. Plus, I've just seen the goal again, what the hell is he doing ball watching when Mane scores? Talk about switching off. 4
Coleman: Full of effort. Perhaps needed more quality in his delivery when he had opportunities, especially in the first half, but you couldn't doubt his effort. 7
Gueye: Was always sharp into the tackle but he can't tackle everybody and we seemed to get sucked out of position so much, so often in the second half and it seemed quit easy for Liverpool to work through the middle of our pitch. Losing James McCarthy was perhaps as much of a loss to Idrissa Gueye as it was to anybody else in the team. 6
McCarthy: Though you would expect Gareth Barry to be a good replacement, the loss of McCarthy may have been crucial towards Liverpool's dominance in the second half. They got through us in the middle far too often and I wonder, particularly if his first half efforts are anything to go by, if they would have been able to do this had James McCarthy been available. We can only hope his injury isn't serious, because his last two performances against Arsenal and in the first half against Liverpool have both been much improved. 7
Lennon: Probably one of our better players. In the second half he didn't get forward as much as he would have liked but he had to be disciplined defensively, and that he was. Couldn't his scuffed first half effort has spooned off the post and across goal for Lukaku to tap in? 7
Valencia: Lacked quality in the first half but was growing into the game in the second and was maybe our best hope of creating something for Lukaku...and then he was substituted. 6
Barkley: Certainly the biggest disappointment of the evening. He never got going at all and it was a shame all our substitutions were used up as he was something of a dead weight as the game wore on, particularly once he was booked. He did flicker into life briefly in the second half but he couldn't sustain it and I'm still shocked by that utterly ridiculous free kick in injury time. A really disappointing display. 4
Lukaku: If I was him and I had his quality, I'd be very angry coming off that field. OK, Romelu doesn't often look up for the pass when he has the ball but how isolated do you want your striker to be? Talk about living off scraps! As the home team our lack of creativity was a real disgrace and Romelu should be furious with his teammates. 7
Barry (for McCarthy): To be fair to Gareth it must have been a tough game to be introduced to at the break but he never got up to the tempo. It wasn't for lack of trying but he just couldn't live with them, not in the way that James McCarthy could. 5
Robles (for Stekelenburg): He made one good save, perhaps one you'd expect him to save but a good save nonetheless. As for the goal. Well at the time I thought it was his fault but now having seen it again I'm not so sure how much he could have done really. It was scuffed so badly and it's Williams who needs to hang his head there for not tracking his man and anticipating the danger. It was pretty unlucky the goal really. The ball even hit the base of the post. How does a ball hit the base of the post and squirm that way across the goal rather than straight back out? It defies science, though these Reds often do. 7
Calvert-Lewin (for Valencia): Not really the right game to throw him into. Surely Kevin Mirallas was the better option, if indeed, a substitution was required at all at that point. If you're going to give this lad a go, then start him up front at Leicester City on Boxing Day alongside Romelu, not throw him into the blood and thunder of the derby with 20 minutes to go. 5
If this time last week, Everton fans were approaching the current two-game home stand with overwhelming dread, the pulse-racing win over Arsenal has transformed the mood, albeit within the bounds of typically cautious Evertonian optimism.
Blues fans have known too much pain in this fixture for expectations to be too high going into the Goodison derby but there is at least hope based on last Tuesday's performance which demonstrated that Ronald Koeman's men have the stomach for the fight in what is often a tempestuous and full-blooded affair.
Furthermore, the atmosphere inside the Grand Old Lady that built to a crescendo when Ashley Williams headed in that most welcome of winners will have demonstrated to the players that the supporters can be fully behind them if the requisite effort and desire is there on the field. Blue passion both on the terraces and on the pitch is going to be vital if Everton are to win their first derby in six years.
If the Arsenal win represented a mental hurdle cleared, there's hope that Koeman, who recorded wins against the Premier League's power players in his time at Southampton, can eliminate a longstanding psychological wall that has often blighted Everton against their neighbours since Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta scored in a 2-0 Blues win in October 2010.
There has been agony at Wembley in the last four of the FA Cup and humiliation at Anfield in the form of a pair of 4-0 defeats and the need to fight back at Goodison Park where the Blues have conceded the first goal in four of the last five home derbies — the fifth ended goalless. Everton's propensity to go behind this season doesn't bode well but, again, hopefully the resolve is there to rescue any poor start.
Evertonians are due a strong display from the first whistle, however, and the caludron of noise should be there at kick-off for them to feed off. The rest is up to the players. And the manager is fully aware of the improvement that is needed in the Toffees' record.
“The record is not good. One out of 19… it's time to beat them,” Koeman said in his pre-match press conference. “And, for course, every time you don't win, the one that you will win will come closer.
“You need to accept how difficult it is and win the game and make the fans happy.”
As tempted as he might have been, Koeman won't be able to field the same side that started against Arsenal because of Phil Jagielka's suspension. The club captain was recalled for the clash with the Gunners but picked up a second yellow card in the frantic finale to the Blues' win. Ramiro Funes Mori, himself a late substitute in that game, is the likely beneficiary to partner Ashley Williams.
Then there's the question of Gareth Barry who was rested last Tuesday but has otherwise been an important component of the team this season. Handed a two-year extension to his contract this week, the 35-year-old is in line for a recall but James McCarthy made a very strong case for retaining his place with the energy he showed in the veteran's his stead against Arsenal.
Speaking of Barry, Koeman said in his pre-match press conference: “He is that player who runs a lot in distances. He is still one of the players who runs the most of every player and that's because his fitness is still OK. And he's clever, that type of player. And, of course, in this period there's a lot fixtures so you need to protect him a little bit and that is the reason why he did not start against Arsenal.”
It would not be surprising if the manager opted on the safer side and deployed all three of his defensive midfielders like he did at Watford despite the poor team performance that day. In that instance, Aaron Lennon would be the like casualty along with much-needed width and pace on the flanks. Any alterations to the side that kicked off against Arsenal are likely to be few in number.
If you had to pick when to play Liverpool, it would probably be a time when Philippe Coutinho was out injured which remains the case going into Monday evening's game. The Brazilian has been sidelined with a hamstring injury which means his goal threat from distance and his creativity is one weapon Everton won't have to worry about.
They also remain defensively vulnerable and, like their Blue rivals, short of a dominant “number one” in goal — Loris Karius was dropped by Jürgen Klopp for the Reds' victory at Middlesbrough in midweek in favour of Simon Mignolet whose form can go either way — so there is enough to exploit if Everton can generate some sustained intensity.
Defender Joel Matip is also a doubt with a troublesome ankle injury but Emre Can and Daniel Sturridge are expected to return.
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As the cliché goes, of course, the form book often goes out the window in derbies and heart and desire take over. There was plenty of that in Blue last Tuesday — time to produce it again in spades to and give Goodison Park an early Christmas present.
Kick-off: 8pm, Monday, 19 December, 2016
Referee: Mike Dean
Last Time: Everton 1 - 1 Liverpool
Predicted Line-up: Stekelenburg, Coleman, Williams, Funes Mori, Baines, Barry, Gueye, McCarthy, Barkley, Valencia, Lukaku