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Mane helps Reds cruise past Everton

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Liverpool were in full control during their 3-1 victory over a lacklustre Everton in Saturday's Merseyside derby in the sunshine at Anfield.
  • Liverpool 3 Everton 1
  • Mane opens the scoring
  • Pennington taps home the equaliser
  • Coutinho adds Liverpool's second
  • Origi puts the game to bed
Match summary
Everton started the match on the backfoot and this rarely changed throughout the 90 minutes. Liverpool's pressure would pay off when Sadio Mane made it 1-0 in the eighth minute.
Out of nothing, Matthew Pennington then equalised in the 28th minute, however, three minutes later Philippe Coutinho would restore the lead with a superb individual effort. Substitute Divock Origi would make the game safe in the 60th minute.

Full Report
It was Liverpool who started brightest and played with plenty of energy and tempo, and their pressure would soon pay off when Sadio Mane used his pace and power to run at the heart of Everton's defence and then slide a left-footed shot into the bottom corner in the eighth minute.
It was the home side that were in full control and were looking threatening and so it came as a surprise in the 28th minute that the Toffees found an equaliser against the run of play. Ashley Williams' corner broke in the box to Matthew Pennington who poked home the equaliser from close range.
Yet, it would soon go sour for the youngster when he allowed Philippe Coutinho to run at him three minutes later, turn inside on to his right foot from the left and then steer a superb effort into the net that allowed Joel Robles no chance.
After the break, Coutinho had a chance to make it 3-1 when he was nearly on hand to tuck home after Emre Can's strike was saved by Robles, though Williams was just about able to clear. A black mark for the Reds is that Mane had to be taken off after a collision with Leighton Baines, and was replaced by Divock Origi in the 57th minute.
Nonetheless, it would soon be 3-1 when the brilliant Coutinho again ran at Everton down the left side, and then fed in substitute Origi who fired home from the edge of the penalty area with Robles wrong-footed in the 60th minute.
Perhaps the visitors best moment to get a goal back was through Mason Holgate in the 69th minute, though he saw his effort well saved by Simon Mignolet. There were few major alarms in the closing stages as Liverpool cruised to victory at Anfield.