Merseyside Derby

244th Merseyside derby: Liverpool FC

The 244th Merseyside derby unfolded at Goodison Park on Wednesday night as Everton secured a 2-0 victory over Liverpool. In what was Jürgen Klopp’s final Merseyside derby as Liverpool manager, the Reds were unable to secure any points as they fell to their local rivals. The encounter was filled with intensity and pivotal moments that showcased the competitive nature of this historic rivalry.

Early Pressure from Everton

The match kicked off at a frenetic pace, with the atmosphere at Goodison Park providing a fitting backdrop for the derby. Early on, Everton applied pressure and created a series of opportunities that put Liverpool’s defense on high alert. Dwight McNeil’s deflected cross in the opening minutes nearly led to a chance for Abdoulaye Doucoure, who misfired his shot wide.

Moments later, Everton thought they had a penalty when Alisson Becker appeared to bring down Dominic Calvert-Lewin. However, a VAR review confirmed that Calvert-Lewin was offside in the build-up, providing Liverpool with an early reprieve.

Liverpool vs Everton

Branthwaite Strikes First

As the half progressed, Liverpool attempted to gain control and push forward. A notable moment occurred when Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross into the box was deflected across the goalmouth by Mohamed Salah, but Ben Godfrey was on hand to clear the ball before Darwin Nunez could convert.

Everton’s set-pieces proved to be a significant threat, and on 27 minutes, they found the breakthrough. A chaotic sequence inside the Liverpool box led to the ball falling to Jarrad Branthwaite, who managed to poke the ball over the line despite a touch from Alisson. This goal gave the hosts a crucial lead and intensified the pressure on Liverpool.

Liverpool’s Response

Liverpool reacted by pushing forward and creating opportunities to equalize. Luis Diaz played a key role in several attacks, displaying his dribbling skills and work rate. In one instance, Diaz combined with Alexis Mac Allister and Salah to set up Nunez, whose shot was blocked by Jordan Pickford.

As the first half neared its end, Liverpool maintained their attacking pressure. Diaz had a chance at close range, but his shot was saved by Pickford. Salah also had an opportunity when he latched onto an Alexander-Arnold pass, but his effort went over the bar. Everton’s defense held firm, maintaining their lead at the break.

Second Half: Everton Doubles Their Lead

Liverpool began the second half with renewed determination, but Everton remained resolute in defense. Virgil van Dijk had a header saved by Pickford, while Idrissa Gueye’s shot posed no trouble for Alisson.

Everton extended their lead in the 55th minute through Calvert-Lewin. McNeil’s corner found its way to Calvert-Lewin at the back post, and the striker’s powerful header found the back of the net. This second goal put Everton in a commanding position and further frustrated Liverpool.

Klopp made a triple substitution shortly after Everton’s second goal, introducing Harvey Elliott, Wataru Endo, and Jarell Quansah in an attempt to shake up the game. Despite the changes, Liverpool struggled to break down Everton’s defense.

Late Drama in Merseyside derby

As the match entered its final stages, Liverpool continued to press forward in search of a goal. Diaz came close to scoring when he cut inside and unleashed a shot that struck the right-hand post. Elliott also had a chance with a dipping volley that Pickford managed to push over the bar.

In stoppage time, Salah forced another save from Pickford, but the goalkeeper was equal to the task. Everton held firm until the final whistle, securing a memorable victory over their rivals.

Match Highlights

The 244th Merseyside derby at Goodison Park featured several significant highlights and key moments that shaped the outcome of the match. Below is a summary of the standout moments from the game:

  1. Early VAR Drama: In the opening minutes, Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin appeared to be brought down by Alisson Becker in the box, leading to a penalty claim. However, a VAR review overturned the decision, confirming Calvert-Lewin was offside in the build-up, sparing Liverpool an early setback.
  2. Branthwaite’s Opener: Everton opened the scoring in the 27th minute when Jarrad Branthwaite capitalized on a scramble inside the Liverpool box. Branthwaite’s effort was enough to cross the line despite Alisson’s attempt to save it, giving the hosts a 1-0 lead.
  3. Liverpool’s Close Calls: Liverpool came close to equalizing multiple times in the first half. Luis Diaz was particularly influential, driving the Reds forward and creating chances. Diaz’s efforts included a close-range shot that was saved by Jordan Pickford, while Mohamed Salah had a chance to level the score but fired over the bar.
  4. Calvert-Lewin Doubles Everton’s Lead: Early in the second half, Everton extended their lead through Calvert-Lewin. A deep corner from Dwight McNeil found Calvert-Lewin at the back post, and his powerful header found the back of the net, putting the home side in control of the match.
  5. Liverpool’s Substitutions: In response to Everton’s second goal, Jürgen Klopp made a triple substitution, bringing on Harvey Elliott, Wataru Endo, and Jarell Quansah. Despite the fresh legs, Liverpool struggled to create clear-cut chances against Everton’s solid defense.
  6. Diaz Hits the Post: In a moment of late drama, Luis Diaz nearly pulled a goal back for Liverpool. After a strong run down the left flank, Diaz curled a shot towards the far corner, but it struck the post, leaving Liverpool frustrated.
  7. Pickford’s Key Saves: Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford played a crucial role in securing the victory for his team. He made several important saves throughout the match, including tipping over a dipping volley from Elliott and saving a stoppage-time effort from Salah.
  8. Everton’s Resilience: Throughout the match, Everton’s defense remained resilient, successfully denying Liverpool’s attacking threats and protecting their lead. Their ability to hold firm under pressure was key to their victory.


The defeat marks a disappointing result for Liverpool in the 244th Merseyside derby, ending Klopp’s final derby on a sour note. Despite the loss, Liverpool will look to regroup and refocus on their upcoming matches in the Premier League. Everton, on the other hand, will relish their victory and the boost in confidence it brings as they continue their league campaign.

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By Jumana M M

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