Philippe Coutinho inspired
Sadio Mané’s opener was cancelled out by Matthew Pennington’s first Everton goal, but strikes from Coutinho and substitute Divock Origi confirmed
Everton were without injured defenders Ramiro Funes Mori and Seamus Coleman, and their unfamiliar backline struggled to cope with
But Everton’s Pennington marked his first appearance of the season with an equaliser against the run of play in the 28th minute, prodding home from a corner after Dejan Lovren’s clearance.
The inexperienced defender was caught out less than three minutes later when Coutinho tore past Idrissa Gueye, cut in past Pennington and slammed the ball into the far corner.
Anfield paid tribute to late
Mane was injured after a collision with Leighton Baines, but his replacement Origi scored three minutes after coming on with a thumping strike from outside the area after being played in by the outstanding Coutinho.
“The boys did everything,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told Sky Sports after extending his 100% record in Merseyside derbies. “It’s a deserved win, we played good football and we coped well.”
Everton’s last league win at Anfield came in 1999, and Ronald Koeman’s side showed little sign of finding a way back into the match, with 21-goal top scorer Romelu Lukaku cutting an isolated and anonymous figure.
“I am really proud about the team. We lost, but the final result is not reflecting of our performance,” Koeman said. “We conceded too easy the second and third.”
The win took Liverpool up to 59 points, level with Tottenham Hotspur ahead of their match at Burnley later on Saturday, and two points clear of
Everton, who travel to Manchester United on Tuesday, remained in seventh on 50 points.