Liverpool left it late to snatch all three points in the Merseyside Derby, with Sadio Mane capping his first appearance in the fixture with a decisive goal. Daniel Sturridge was the orchestrator, letting fly from outside the Everton box only for the ball to come off the post, where Mane was on hand for an easy tap in. The Senegalese international has hit the ground running since his summer move and his stoppage time winner will have endeared him to the fans even further.
After a rather congested first-half from both sides, with little in the way of goalmouth action, Jurgen Klopp will have stressed to his players the importance of three points at Goodison. His players responded well with a dominant second-half display.
Everton showed little signs of testing Simon Mignolet in goal, with Klavan and Lovren doing well to stifle any attacking threat. Mane’s goal leaves Liverpool seven places ahead of their neighbours in the Premier League table.
Simon Mignolet – 7
Much like the game against Middlesbrough, Mignolet was rarely called into action. Making a few routine saves and showing composure to distribute the ball quickly to his teammates, the Belgian recorded his second clean-sheet since returning to the side.
Nathaniel Clyne – 7
Clyne took a while to feel his way into the game, but produced the best chance of the first-half for Jurgen Klopp’s side and continued to be a constant headache for Aaron Lennon.
Dejan Lovren – 8
Lovren played his part in ensuring Lukaku’s impact on the game was heavily restricted. He showed good composure and aggression throughout the match.
Ragnar Klavan – 8
After receiving huge praise for his performance against Middlesbrough, Klavan produced another rock-solid display for Liverpool this time out. The Estonian was the commanding presence at the back and has certainly made the most of his chance in the first-team since Matip’s injury.
James Milner – 7
While his delivery wasn’t always perfect, Milner grew into the game and produced a good chance for Firmino. Defensively, he was left relatively untroubled and did a good job of ensuring Coleman wasn’t able to burst forward for Everton.
Jordan Henderson – 7
Henderson played a key role in ensuring Liverpool maintained their composure and possession in the second-half. He established his influence in midfield once again.
Gini Wijnaldum – 7
Although heavily criticised by fans during the half-time interval, Wijnaldum once again showed what a calming influence he can be on-the-ball. He does a lot of the work that goes unnoticed for the side, but his strength and energy was key in winning the midfield battle.
Adam Lallana – 7
Lallana managed to find space well despite a heavily-congested midfield. While he wasn’t as involved as he would have liked, when he was in possession he did well with it – ensuring Liverpool remained patient in their build-up.
Roberto Firmino – 6
Firmino was rather off-the-pace during the majority of the first-half but his influence grew as Liverpool saw more of the ball. He was much more effective through the middle and could have had one or two goals to his name but for a fine stop from Joel Robles in the second-half.
Sadio Mane – 8
Despite a relatively average performance, Mane came up with the goods when it really mattered for Jurgen Klopp. It seemed destined to finish at 0-0 but Mane had other ideas, showing great reactions to latch on to Sturridge’s rebound and net the all important goal for Liverpool.
Divock Origi – 6
Compared to recent performances, Origi was rather sub-par. He found it hard to hold up the ball against the physical presence of Funes Mori and his final ball was rather lacking. However, he did grow into the game when moving out wide.
Daniel Sturridge – 7
Sturridge was the catalyst for Liverpool’s winning goal. Injuries have plagued his season but he certainly played his part in the Derby win, creating the chance for himself before Mane turned the ball into the net.
Emre Can – 6
Wasn’t hugely involved after coming on for Lallana apart from making an important interception against Lukaku. However, his passing was rather wayward.