2021-22 English Premier League
  • Andy Robertson (62')
  • Divock Origi (85')

Liverpool add to Everton's relegation fears with battling derby win

Michallik: Jurgen Klopp is the best manager in the world right now (0:38)

Janusz Michallik praises Liverpool's manager, Jurgen Klopp, after their 2-0 win over city rivals Everton. (0:38)

Liverpool produced a battling display in the Merseyside derby against Everton to earn a 2-0 win at Anfield on Sunday.

Second-half goals from Andy Robertson and substitute Divock Origi helped Jurgen Klopp's side overcome a defensive Everton side.

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The result sees second-placed Liverpool close the gap to the Premier League leaders Manchester City to one point.

The defeat leaves Frank Lampard's side in the relegation zone after Burnley leapfrogged them with a 1-0 win over Wolves earlier on Sunday.

"Thank God the game has two halves," Klopp told BBC Sport after the game, "We didn't play particularly well in the first half. They made it uncomfortable but we didn't get in behind the last line. We didn't have enough movement.

"We weren't quick enough. We passed the ball into the area they had nine players. Second half we were much more direct and caused them much more problems. The goals were wonderful."

Both teams failed to create many clear-cut chances in the first half as Everton set up to frustrate Liverpool with a defensive set up.

The biggest flashpoint came just before the break as both sets of players clashed after Liverpool failed to put the ball out after Richarlison went down injured.

Everton were furious when Anthony Gordon was denied a penalty early in the second half after colliding with Joel Matip.

Liverpool finally broke the deadlock after the hour mark when Robertson headed home from Mohamed Salah's floated cross.

With five minutes remaining, substitutes Luis Diaz and Origi combined to double the lead for the hosts and keep them in touch of Pep Guardiola's side in the title race.

Klopp made both substitutions when the game was goalless and they proved to be a masterstroke by Klopp.

Only Steven Gerrard has scored more goals against Everon than Origi and Klopp was full of praise for his striker who has been linked with a move away from Anfield this summer.

"We will never miss a player like him because if he leaves, he will explode wherever he goes," he told Sky Sports. "He is a world-class striker, he is a legend and will stay a legend forever.

"He doesn't always make the squad which is ridiculous, but he is there when we need him every time. He was involved in both games; everything that we did in the second half, without Divock, wouldn't have happened."

Lampard said he was happy with his team's performance and wanted them to show the same fight in the remaining matches as they look to avoid relegation.

"They're in a different area to us," he told BBC Sport. "They're near the top of the table, they've been together a long time and have a strong style of play.

"We had to be organised and discplined. I couldn't ask for more at half-time except taking our chances. I'm proud and happy with the performance. We have to take that spirit forward to the final games. We'll give everything until the end."

English Premier League Standings

1 Arsenal 14 +22 37
2 Manchester City 14 +26 32
3 Newcastle United 15 +18 30
4 Tottenham Hotspur 15 +10 29
5 Manchester United 14 0 26
6 Liverpool 14 +11 22
7 Brighton & Hove Albion 14 +4 21
8 Chelsea 14 0 21
9 Fulham 15 -2 19
10 Brentford 15 -2 19
11 Crystal Palace 14 -3 19
12 Aston Villa 15 -6 18
13 Leicester City 15 0 17
14 AFC Bournemouth 15 -14 16
15 Leeds United 14 -4 15
16 West Ham United 15 -5 14
17 Everton 15 -6 14
18 Nottingham Forest 15 -19 13
19 Southampton 15 -14 12
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 15 -16 10