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Demolition derby victory delights Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool 4-0 Everton

By Robert Jones

Liverpool increased the pressure on Everton boss Roberto Martinez with a dominant 4-0 victory in the Merseyside derby at Anfield.

After 42 goalless minutes Divock Origi and Mamadou Sakho found space in the Everton box to power home quickfire close-range headers, leaving the shell-shocked Toffees 2-0 down at the break.

Any hopes of a comeback evaporated when Ramiro Funes Mori was sent off for a stamp on Origi's ankle, which also ended the Belgian's involvement.

His replacement Daniel Sturridge put the Reds 3-0 up just after the hour and also had a partial claim on Philippe Coutinho's strike 14 minutes from time.

The result leaves Jurgen Klopp's men in seventh, after both Manchester United and West Ham kept their top-four bids alive with wins.

A shocked Martinez, whose side did not have a shot on target, said: "It was a disaster. A horrible showing that started with the best intentions but ended up with the inability to get the basics right.

"We forgot to defend the box and gave them a soft two-goal lead. We got emotional with the red card and from then on Gareth Barry was injured and John Stones was ill, it was a chain reaction. A disaster. An impossible experience.

"It is a challenge [Funes Mori] that he should avoid. He got carreid away with the emotion of a derby, he got carried away.

"Probably a red card, I can understand it or maybe a yellow. The top and bottom is that we didn't cope with the emotions of the occasion. A feeling of embarrassment.

"It is a huge game for us on Saturday in the FA Cup which is the only good thing. We will be hurting for a long, long time but we need to react quickly for the game on Saturday. We are strong enough to react but we are short at centre-back now."

His delighted counterpart Jurgen Klopp said: "I would like to say yes, I am delighted, but the injury to Divock Origi has cost me some joy. The first half was a derby, it was wild from Everton, not patient enough.

"We could have played better but scored two goals.

"The second half the game changed completely, they had no chance any more. It's really great I would like to say but I cannot ignore this situation. I can't say too much about Origi but they say it is disgusting, awful pictures.

"But it's not broken, it is a twisted ankle, he is on crutches walking around so we will have to see.

"Beating Everton is a special thing."

Midfielder James Milner added: "Every derby is a big game for everyone at the club, to give the fans the bragging rights.

"It was a big victory. We created chances and kept pushing forwards but we knew that we had another gear. It's always been a quiet strength of mine to get assists and it's something that I work on.

Daniel Sturridge became the fourth-fastest Liverpool player to his half-century by reaching the landmark in just his 87th match.

 

The England international's impressive current strike-rate is better than that of Luis Suarez (91 games), John Aldridge (92), Michael Owen (93), Robbie Fowler (94), Kenny Dalglish (99) and Ian St John (111).

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno, Lallana, Milner (Ibe 81), Lucas, Coutinho, Firmino (Allen 66), Origi (Sturridge 54).

Booked: Milner.

Goals: Origi 43, Sakho 45, Sturridge 61, Coutinho 76.

Everton: Robles, Oviedo, Stones (Pienaar 62), Funes Mori, Baines, McCarthy, Barry (Besic 46), Mirallas, Barkley (Cleverley 58), Lennon, Lukaku.

Sent Off: Funes Mori (50).

Booked: Lennon.

Att: 43,854

Referee: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire).

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