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As Andrew Robertson’s header bounced into the nook of the web, you might nearly see Frank Lampard’s coronary heart sink just a bit bit. His group had come to Anfield on a mission to disrupt, fluster, and provoke Liverpool, however the breaking of the impasse halfway by means of the second half noticed that plan go up in smoke.
With the recreation drawing in the direction of an in depth, Everton’s arch-nemesis Divock Origi added a second and Liverpool ran out comfy 2-0 winners in the finish. Lampard’s gameplan, which annoyed Liverpool for lengthy durations, had in the end proved fruitless as Everton merely couldn’t stand up to the onslaught for 90 minutes.
The consequence begs the query, was Lampard’s method to the recreation the right one? Everton are in dire straits, in determined want of outcomes, they usually got here to Anfield seeking to experience their luck and hopefully nick one thing on the counter assault. For a membership that delight themselves on enticing soccer and leisure, it was symbolic of how far they’ve fallen this season.
Lampard will be forgiven for adopting a considerably unfavorable method. In any case, Liverpool are a relentlessly attacking facet, and are competing on all fronts for an unprecedented quadruple. The Premier League odds had been firmly in the Reds’ favour earlier than the match, and never many individuals had been giving Everton a prayer. If Everton had managed to cling on for a draw, we’d have been speaking a couple of tactical masterclass.
Certainly, there was a second the place the complete match might have turned in Everton’s favour. With the rating nonetheless locked at 0-0, Anthony Gordon burst into the Liverpool penalty space earlier than being brushed to the floor by Joël Matip. Referee Stuart Atwell took a second to contemplate, earlier than signalling for a Liverpool goal-kick regardless of the protestations for a penalty from Everton’s gamers and workers.
Gordon had been booked earlier in the recreation for an embarrassing dive, and there’s no doubting that the incident was in the referee’s thoughts as he weighed up whether or not or to not give the penalty. Lampard was left fuming at the resolution.
“It was a penalty,” the Everton boss stated. “If that was Mo Salah at the different finish, he will get a penalty. You don’t get them right here. That’s the actuality of soccer typically.”
After all, there aren’t any ensures that Liverpool wouldn’t have gone on to win, even when Everton did get the penalty. The fact is that Everton’s gameplan was geared in the direction of profiting from moments equivalent to that, and as soon as that second didn’t go their manner, it regarded as if a Liverpool win was inevitable.
The Everton efficiency was in stark distinction to their show in beating Manchester United 1-0 at Goodison Park earlier in the month. They performed quick, dynamic soccer that afternoon, and even after taking the lead they nonetheless regarded to harm United in ahead areas. There’s no denying that this present Liverpool group presents a a lot larger problem, however Everton’s supporters might have left Anfield considering that their group might have achieved a bit extra to place the dwelling defence underneath strain.
Lampard deserves credit score for a spirited efficiency, however the incontrovertible fact that this membership, who’ve spent a lot cash on expertise in the final couple of years, was lowered to setting out their stall in such a unfavorable manner is a slicing indictment on the membership’s mismanagement. Everton are going nowhere quick, besides maybe the Championship.