Merseyside is Red
To say Liverpool are several classes above Everton is an understatement. The truth of the matter is that Liverpool are several decades if not centuries ahead of their local rivals and their recent display in the merseyside derby pretty much confirmed their status and the gulf between the two sides (not that Liverpool fans don’t already know this). They were absolutely relentless and went full throttle.
The home side wasted little time in finding the net thanks to a goal from Origi in the 6th minute. Shaqiri added another in the 17th before Keane pulled one back for Everton in the 21st minute. It was always going to be a one way traffic and Liverpool played some scintillating football that could not be ignored. They were rewarded for their endeavour again when Origi lobbed the ball over the Everton keeper’s head to give the Reds a comfortable 3-1 lead.
Mane was in the mood for action and he didn’t disappoint the Liverpool faithful. He was instrumental in creating a goal for Origi and deserved a goal himself. He found the back of the net in the 45th sending the crowd into jubilation. Richarlison did score for Everton before the break but even he knew it would only be a consolation. Liverpool came out in the second half in the same fashion as the first and bombarded the Everton defence. They actually did well to keep the Reds at bay otherwise the scoreline would have been a lot worse than how it ended.
The game finished 5-2 with Wijnaldum grabbing the last goal in the 90th minute for Liverpool sending them 8 points clear at the top of the League. Whilst the Red half of Merseyside are singing, dancing and anticipating their first premier league title, the blue half have a lot of contemplation and rebuilding to do. And Everton did just that. In no less than 24 hours after the derby match, Everton announced that they would be parting company with their Manager Marco Silva with immediate effect. He is the fourth Manager to get the sack within 3 weeks and I’m sure he won’t be the last (they’re sacking these managers like it’s nothing).
Leicester continued their impressive season under Brendan Rodgers with another fine display. They were victorious in their match against Watford thanks to goals from Vardy and Maddison. It’s hard not to see Leicester as genuine top four contenders especially leading up to Christmas. You just never know, if Liverpool should stumble (and we’ve seen them do that on a couple of occasions haven’t we hahaha!!) I am pretty certain that Leicester will be the team to capitalise and possibly……possibly be crowned champions for the second time in their history.
In the other midweek games Jose Mourinho made his return to Old Trafford 11 months after being sacked by Manchester United. This game was always going to be tough for Spurs because I could see the United players stepped up and played like they had something to prove. Marcus Rashford personified the United attitude with his man of the match performance. He gave Aurier a torrid time on the flanks and looked every bit the player we know he his.
He put United ahead in the 6th minute before his goal was cancelled out by the brilliance of the now rejuvenated Dele Alli who leveled for Spurs with a great finished in the 39th minute. Spurs in recent games under Mourinho have been brilliant but against United they were lacking that quality and virtually put in a sub-standard performance (I hope this was just a blip boys!!). The day belong to Rashford who scored the winner via a spot kick in the 49th minute to lift United into 6th place (some say the result saved Solskjaer’s job, I say football is a crazy game where anything can happen).
There were wins for Chelsea who beat Aston Villa 2-1 and Wolves who beat West Ham 2-0. Manchester City also registered a 4-1 victory against Burnley and will need to hope and pray that Liverpool have a bad phase in the league at some point but I cannot see that happening anytime soon. Crystal Palace beat Bournemouth 1-0 and Southampton beat Norwich City 2-1.
Here’s another one…..Silva axed!!!!!