Liverpool increased the scrutiny on former manager Rafael Benitez as they cruised to an easy Merseyside derby win over Everton at Goodison Park.
Jurgen Klopp’s side had won only once on their previous nine visits to Everton but a blistering start put them in cruise control as Jordan Henderson scored with a composed finish after nine minutes before setting Mohamed Salah clear to beat Jordan Pickford 10 minutes later.
Everton, having been outclassed for the first half, gave themselves hope when Demarai Gray ran onto Richarlison’s pass to beat Alisson seven minutes before the break.
Liverpool were still the team possessing all the quality and threat and they killed the game off when Salah cashed in on Seamus Coleman’s error to race clear and expertly score after 64 minutes.
With the mood inside Goodison Park turning mutinous – there were loud protests at the final whistle – Diogo Jota piled on the pain for Benitez and Everton when he took Andrew Robertson’s pass in his stride before escaping the attentions of Allan to fire high past Pickford with 11 minutes left.
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- 12DigneBooked at 40mins
- 14TownsendBooked at 16minsSubstituted forDelphat 73′minutes
- 6AllanBooked at 31mins
- 11GrayBooked at 44minsSubstituted forTosunat 85′minutes
- 33RondónSubstituted forGordonat 59′minutes
- 4van DijkBooked at 80mins
- 26RobertsonBooked at 63mins
- 14HendersonSubstituted forOxlade-Chamberlainat 83′minutes
- 6Thiago AlcántaraBooked at 39minsSubstituted forMilnerat 75′minutes
- 20JotaSubstituted forMinaminoat 88′minutes
- 76N Williams
Match ends, Everton 1, Liverpool 4.
Second Half ends, Everton 1, Liverpool 4.
Foul by Andrew Robertson (Liverpool).
Anthony Gordon (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
James Milner (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Abdoulaye Doucouré (Everton).
Hand ball by Séamus Coleman (Everton).
Attempt blocked. Richarlison (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lucas Digne.
Substitution, Liverpool. Takumi Minamino replaces Diogo Jota.
Substitution, Everton. Cenk Tosun replaces Demarai Gray.
Substitution, Liverpool. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Jordan Henderson.
Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).
Lucas Digne (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool).
Anthony Gordon (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Goal! Everton 1, Liverpool 4. Diogo Jota (Liverpool) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the top left corner. Assisted by Andrew Robertson.
Substitution, Liverpool. James Milner replaces Thiago.
Sadio Mané (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Anthony Gordon (Everton).
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