A breath of fresh air. Liverpool filled their lungs on Monday night against Everton. In the seven games played in 2023, those from Anfield only prevailed in one of them to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup, where they were subsequently eliminated by Brighton. In the league, three defeats and a draw had sunk the reds in the standings. Although they are breathing again, the three points achieved in the Merseyside derby are only worth climbing to ninth place. Europe is still far away, and any option to sneak into the race for the league title seems impossible.
Real Madrid’s next rival in the Champions League won, and won in confidence. A week after receiving the whites, Liverpool finally saw how some of its stars shone again after months of gloom. After a tedious half hour, Tarkowski finished off a corner to the post, and on the counterattack Salah scored his first goal in a month. He leaned on Núñez with a wall and took advantage of a Pickford mistake when he came off his goal. Everton, who had just imposed themselves on the leader, helped their neighbor. made it easy. The derby was sentenced around the break.
Gakpo arrived in the winter transfer window to reinforce an injury-scarred attack, but the Dutchman has not had a good start to his career in England. The impact of him has not been immediate. However, his frustration ended after a Robertson run from the opposite field. The Scotsman left several opponents behind before finding Alexander-Arnold on the right flank. Gakpo scored one of the easiest goals of his career, also the first in a Liverpool shirtdriving the ball into the net from close range and unmarked.
There was more positive news for Liverpool. Bajcetic shone in midfield and Jota returned to the pitch, recovered from his injury. He still has one last test left before hosting Real Madrid at Anfield. One tall. On Saturday visit the newcastle.
Demarai Gray (60′, Ellis Simms), Diogo Jota (69′, Darwin Nunez), Tom Davies (77′, Amadou Onana), Neal Maupay (77′, Dwight McNeil), James Milner (79′, Jordan Henderson), Roberto Firmino (79′, Cody Gakpo), Naby Keita (89′, Stefan Bajcetic), harvey elliott (89′, Mohamed Salah)
1-0, 35′: Salah2-0, 48′: Gakpo
Referee: Simon Hooper
VAR Referee: Andre Marriner, Darren Cann
coady (66′,Yellow) doucoure (83′,Yellow) Jordan Pickford (86′,Yellow) A.Robertson (86′,Yellow)