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Liverpool players congratulate Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge (3L) and Liverpool's Senegalese midfielder Sadio Mane (2R) after they scored the first goal during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on December 19, 2016. AFP/Getty Images

Liverpool players congratulate Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge (3L) and Liverpool's Senegalese midfielder Sadio Mane (2R) after they scored the first goal during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on December 19, 2016. AFP/Getty Images

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Liverpool's Croatian defender Dejan Lovren (L) congratulates Liverpool's Senegalese midfielder Sadio Mane after he scored the first goal during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on December 19, 2016. AFP/Getty Images

Liverpool's Croatian defender Dejan Lovren (L) congratulates Liverpool's Senegalese midfielder Sadio Mane after he scored the first goal during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on December 19, 2016. AFP/Getty Images

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Liverpool's Senegalese midfielder Sadio Mane celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on December 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.  / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

Liverpool's Senegalese midfielder Sadio Mane celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on December 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

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Liverpool's Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum (2L) congratulates Liverpool's Senegalese midfielder Sadio Mane after he scored the first goal during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on December 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.  / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

Liverpool's Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum (2L) congratulates Liverpool's Senegalese midfielder Sadio Mane after he scored the first goal during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on December 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

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Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Everton. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Everton. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

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Liverpool's Senegalese midfielder Sadio Mane (C) celebrates scoring his team's first goal with Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on December 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.  / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

Liverpool's Senegalese midfielder Sadio Mane (C) celebrates scoring his team's first goal with Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on December 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

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Liverpool Assistant Manager Peter Krawietz (left) and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrate their side's first goal of the game during the Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Everton. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19:  Ross Barkley of Everton (C) reacts as Sadio Mane of Liverpool scores their first goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on December 19, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19: Ross Barkley of Everton (C) reacts as Sadio Mane of Liverpool scores their first goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on December 19, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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Liverpool's Senegalese midfielder Sadio Mane celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on December 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.  / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

Liverpool's Senegalese midfielder Sadio Mane celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on December 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19:  Jordan Henderson of Liverpool and Ross Barkley of Everton argue during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on December 19, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19: Jordan Henderson of Liverpool and Ross Barkley of Everton argue during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on December 19, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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A young Everton fan looks dejected in the stands during the Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Everton. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

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Liverpool's Roberto Firmino controls the ball after having a shot saved by Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg during the Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. PA

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Liverpool's Dejan Lovren and Everton's Ross Barkley battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. PA

Liverpool's Dejan Lovren and Everton's Ross Barkley battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. PA

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Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool catches the ball as Roberto Firmino of Liverpool looks on during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on December 19, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool catches the ball as Roberto Firmino of Liverpool looks on during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on December 19, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp reacs ahead of the English Premier League football match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on December 19, 2016. AFP/Getty Images

Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp reacs ahead of the English Premier League football match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on December 19, 2016. AFP/Getty Images

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Everton's Scottish-born Irish midfielder James McCarthy (C) vies with Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on December 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.  / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

Everton's Scottish-born Irish midfielder James McCarthy (C) vies with Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on December 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

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Everton's Ross Barkley (left) and Liverpool's Jordan Henderson battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Everton. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

Everton's Ross Barkley (left) and Liverpool's Jordan Henderson battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Everton. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

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Everton's Enner Valencia and Ross Barkley (centre) battle for the ball with Liverpool's James Milner during the Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Everton. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

Everton's Enner Valencia and Ross Barkley (centre) battle for the ball with Liverpool's James Milner during the Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Everton. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19:  Liverpool fans hold a banner reading 'Happy 21st' mocking the lack of trophies won by their opponents prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on December 19, 2016 in Liverpool, England. Everton have not won a major trophy for 21 years.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19: Liverpool fans hold a banner reading 'Happy 21st' mocking the lack of trophies won by their opponents prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on December 19, 2016 in Liverpool, England. Everton have not won a major trophy for 21 years. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19:  Idrissa Gueye battles with Adam Lallana (L) and Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool (R) during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on December 19, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19: Idrissa Gueye battles with Adam Lallana (L) and Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool (R) during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on December 19, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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Everton's Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku (C) vies with Liverpool's Estonian defender Ragnar Klavan (L) and Liverpool's Croatian defender Dejan Lovren during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on December 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.  / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

Everton's Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku (C) vies with Liverpool's Estonian defender Ragnar Klavan (L) and Liverpool's Croatian defender Dejan Lovren during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on December 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

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Young Everton fans look on prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on December 19, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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Liverpool's Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet reacts as he warms up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on December 19, 2016. AFP/Getty Images

Liverpool's Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet reacts as he warms up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on December 19, 2016. AFP/Getty Images

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Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge warms up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on December 19, 2016. AFP/Getty Images

Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge warms up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on December 19, 2016. AFP/Getty Images

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19:  Ronald Koeman manager of Everton and Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool shake hands prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on December 19, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19: Ronald Koeman manager of Everton and Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool shake hands prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on December 19, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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Liverpool's Sadio Mane is focused on opponents Everton, not title rivals Chelsea

Liverpool's Sadio Mane is focused on opponents Everton, not title rivals Chelsea

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge, pictured left, celebrates his goal at Goodison Park in 2013

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge, pictured left, celebrates his goal at Goodison Park in 2013

James McCarthy is looking forward to the derby atmosphere at Goodison Park

James McCarthy is looking forward to the derby atmosphere at Goodison Park

Recent history suggests Everton manager Ronald Koeman is in for a tough time on Monday

Recent history suggests Everton manager Ronald Koeman is in for a tough time on Monday

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (left) is hoping Daniel Sturridge (right) is fit to play a cameo in Monday's Merseyside derby

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (left) is hoping Daniel Sturridge (right) is fit to play a cameo in Monday's Merseyside derby

Ramiro Funes Mori was sent off during Everton's 4-0 defeat by Liverpool last season

Ramiro Funes Mori was sent off during Everton's 4-0 defeat by Liverpool last season

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Liverpool players congratulate Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge (3L) and Liverpool's Senegalese midfielder Sadio Mane (2R) after they scored the first goal during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on December 19, 2016. AFP/Getty Images

Everton had not won a Merseyside derby since 2010. Liverpool had not won at Goodison Park since 2011. Until right at the end, it felt inevitable that neither side were going to alter their recent dubious records playing like this.

And then sensationally, it all changed. Eight minutes of injury time were awarded, largely because of injuries to Maarten Stekelenburg and Jordan Henderson.

From just outside the box, Daniel Sturridge struck a shot, which bobbled against a post. From there, Sadio Mane was well placed to score.

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool had won. Ronald Koeman's Everton had lost. It means Chelsea have a six-point lead at the top of the Premier League table on Christmas day rather than eight.

In big blue lettering on page seven of the match day programme, Phil Jagielka, the Everton captain suspended for this game, left a message for home supporters. 'Don't underestimate the part you can play on nights like this,' he wrote.

For that to happen, Everton needed to start fast: getting into Liverpool faces like they did against Arsenal last Tuesday in the second half.

The opening 25 minutes were just what Koeman would have wanted. The first sliding tackle came from Ashley Willliams on Divock Origi after 11 seconds.

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Everton hoofed it forward three times in the first minute, testing Liverpool's defence; Dejan Lovren thundering away Seamus Coleman's enticing cross. The number eight on Ross Barkley's shirt was ripped by minute two and by minute five, Roberto Firmino had ducked out of a 50/50 challenge with Idrissa Gueye.

The home crowd was encouraged. Klopp was unhappy, shrieking orders at Ragnar Klavan, the Estonian deputising for Joel Matip for the second game running. He was competing but not always convincing. When Aaron Lennon fizzed a delivery towards Romelu Lukaku, his toe-end stopped him from scoring.

Klopp seemed to be unhappy with Klavan's conservative passing decisions. And yet, Liverpool's reluctance in midfield to receive the ball was of equal significance.

Everton's three in that department were highly motivated and fleshy in appearance; Barkley, particularly, charging around with plenty of enthusiasm but with the composure of a bus without breaks when it came to making the right decisions.

Klopp had told Sky reporters that the grass on the pitch was "a little bit high" for his liking. It had been well watered before kick-off, especially in the areas where Klavan was operating, to the left of Liverpool's defence.

By half-time the pitch, indeed, was cutting up to the point where it seemed like quad bikes had driven on it. Players on both teams were losing their footing and it affected the quality of the spectacle.

Despite Liverpool's poor play, the chance of the half was theirs and when Origi met Nathaniel Clyne's cross, he should have made it 1-0.

There was a sense that Liverpool simply had to get better in the second half because they could not have been any worse in the first. And so, they began a lot more convincingly. Their second chance to take the lead came when Firmino was released by James Milner's lofted pass but the Brazilian, so ruthless usually, struggled to convince that he was in control of the bouncing ball and his tame flick enabled Stekelenburg to make the save.

Everton's problems were mounting. James McCarthy was already substituted for Gareth Barry with a hamstring injury by the time Stekelenburg had to be taken off as well. His exit was a consequence of Leighton Baines' efforts to stop Mane from scoring, the left-back crunching into his goalkeeper in a challenge that needed to be made with Stekelenburg an innocent bystander.

It was only when Barkley applied his studs to Henderson's ankle that the crowd really got going again. Barkley was fortunate to remain involved but Mike Dean, the referee, was some distance from the incident.

Liverpool were pushing harder than Everton by the end and but for substitute keeper Joel Robles' reflexes following Firmino's turn and volley, they victory might have been secured a little earlier.

Sturridge was sent on by Klopp for his first appearance in almost a month. The decision proved to be crucial because Everton's defenders backed off , Sturridge hit the post and Mane did the rest.

Suddenly, it was 1-0 to Liverpool. And it was game over for Everton.

EVERTON: Stekelenburg (Robles 64), Coleman, Williams, Funes Mori, Baines, McCarthy (Barryat 45), Gueye, Valencia (Calvert-Lewin 73), Barkley, Lennon, Lukaku.

Goals: none

Subs not used: Mirallas, Cleverley, Holgate, Kenny.

Booked: Barkley, Gueye, Coleman.

LIVERPOOL: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Milner, Lallana (Can 82), Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mane (Lucas 90+8), Origi (Sturridge 82), Firmino.

Goals: Mane 90+4

Subs not used: Karius, Moreno, Woodburn, Alexander-Arnold.

Booked: Lovren


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