Alex Iwobi was brought on with less than 10 minutes to go as Everton beat champions Liverpool 2-0 at Anfield. It was Liverpool’s fourth straight home loss and the first since 1923. Everton have not beaten their fierce Merseyside rivals at Anfield in 22 years, dating back in 1999, and have not beaten them since 2010 in the league.
Goals from Richarlison and Iceland international Gylfi Sigurdsson took Everton level with Liverpool on 40 points, albeit having played a game less. Fans of sports betting in Nigeria will be looking at how the next few weeks unfold in the English Premier League, with Manchester City already pulling an assailable lead in the title race.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have now lost to Burnley, Brighton, Manchester City, and now Everton at home, after previously going unbeaten for 68 matches.
Things are not going well for the league champions after they lost yet another player to injury in the evening, this time losing skipper Jordan Henderson. Klopp has been deploying Henderson at the heart of his defence following injuries to his main defenders Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, and Fabinho. He was replaced by Nat Phillips when he went down painfully, holding his groin after half an hour.
Everton started the tie as underdogs with Betway after a poor run against fellow Merseysiders, but it took only three minutes to make their intentions clear. They capitalized on poor decision-making by the Reds defenders to take a 1-0 lead. Richarlison sped to meet a defense-splitting pass from James Rodriguez before hitting low past, Alisson Becker.
Bad to worse for the Reds
Liverpool dominated proceedings for much of the tie but nearly paid instantly for the defensive switch. An inviting cross from Lucas Digne found Seamus Coleman, who drove a powerful shot at Alisson’s far post, only for the Brazilian keeper to palm it to safety.
In the 83rd minute, things got worse for Liverpool as Everton doubled their lead from a spot-kick. Gylfi Sigurdsson converted from the spot after full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold was adjudged to have fouled Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Nigeria international Alex Iwobi replaced Richarlison after 86 minutes to help his side see out a rare win at the home of their cross-town rivals. Everton’s next assignment is a tricky tie against Southampton on March 1st at Goodison park before making two trips to West Brom and Chelsea. You can bet on all the English Premier League matches with Betway, presenting you with numerous markets for winning.
Liverpool, on the other hand, travel to Bramall Lane on Sunday to face bottom-placed Sheffield United. Jurgen Klopp will likely be boosted by Diogo Jota, who is set to resume training this week after months on the sidelines, and Naby Keita, who was on the bench over the weekend. However, he continues to be without Van Dijk, Gomez, Fabinho, Matip, and Milner. A scan scheduled for Monday will reveal the extent of Henderson’s groin.
Meanwhile, Carlo Ancellotti has no fresh injury concerns with only Yeri Mina and Jean-Pierre Gbamin. Mina was pulled out during Everton’s 1-3 loss to Manchester City last week and should be back in a couple of weeks. Gbamin remains a long-term absentee.
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