Football Features

Player ratings as Liverpool dish out a historic 1-4 thrashing to Everton in the Merseyside Derby

By Muhammad Butt

Published: 22:40, 1 December 2021


In a wild night of football, Liverpool blew Everton away with a resounding 1-4 win at Goodison Park.

This was Everton’s biggest home derby defeat for 39 years.

Here’s how the players rated at Goodison Park:


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Everton

Jordan Pickford – 3 – Couldn’t do anything about Henderson’s stunning opener but as good as Liverpool’s subsequent three strikes were there was an unmistakable sensation that with a better goalkeeper, they could have been prevented. Came too far to his near-post for Salah’s first, was too passive on his line for Salah’s second, and then left his near-post unguarded for Jota’s strike. Not blunders like spilling the ball back into Divock Origi’s path, but deeper, more fundamental flaws in his game.

Seamus Coleman – 4 – Battled hard to drive his team forward but couldn’t do much. Got given the runaround by Robertson and marked his 161st appearance for Everton with a shocking bit of play to give Salah a free run at goal and turn a tense 2-1 Liverpool lead into a comfortable 3-1 procession.

Michael Keane – 7 – A really impressive performance at the heart of an abysmal back four. Solid and stable as everyone around him was hysterically erratic.

Ben Godfrey – 5 – Shocking defending for Liverpool’s second goal as he came blustering into midfield and then didn’t win the ball. Did this multiple times but was only punished the once. Lost Matip for an early chance too.

Lucas Digne – 4 – A miserable night for the Frenchman as his poor defending allowed Salah to blitz Everton and score his a second for the Reds. Was later booked for a poor tackle and never got to showcase his usually spectacular crossing.

Andros Townsend – 4 – Worked hard but was intensely lacking in quality. Booked for diving.

Allan – 7 – A ferocious, battling display and was desperate for some help from his fellow players.

Abdoulaye Doucoure – 6 – Looked bright whenever Everton could put two or three passes together but then Everton could barely put two or three passes together so, yeah, not that great.

Demarai Gray – 8 – Was far and away Everton’s most potent attacker. Ran at Liverpool time and again and even with no support from Digne still looked like Everton’s only route back into the game. So of course he did eventually pull Everton back into it with a slick run, touch and finish. A constant threat to Liverpool’s goal and completely undeserving of such a massive defeat.

Richarlison – 6 – Some really smart touches and a great pass through to Gray for the Everton goal. But faded as the game wore on.

Salmon Rondon – 6 – Fought Liverpool’s defenders for the entire hour he was on field, creating space for others quite intelligently, especially when he dragged Virgil van Dijk away for Gray’s goal.

Substitutes:

Anthony Gordon (for Rondon 59′) – 4 – His major contribution to the game was a dive that unintentionally led to Liverpool’s third goal.

Fabian Delph (for Townsend 73′) – 6 – Came on to stabilise midfield and to be fair, he did help do that.

Cenk Tosun (for Gray 85′) – n/a – Came on late.


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Liverpool

Alisson – 6 – Not quite at his best, but never had to be.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 5 – A quiet night for the majestic full-back and he definitely struggled with Demarai Gray.

Joel Matip – 6 – Missed a sitter early on. Was mostly comfortable but defended Gray’s goal very sloppily.

Virgil van Dijk – 6 – Had issues handling the sheer size and power of Rondon. Still recovering his best level physically even if technically and tactically he’s still as good as he ever was.

Andrew Robertson – 9 – Unquestionably the best player in the park, Mohamed Salah’s miraculous finishing notwithstanding. Defended like a hurricane, never given anyone an inch down that flank with a team-high 5 tackles and 3 clearances. Drove forward with intensity and provided two assists, both of which were impeccably tasty.

Fabinho – 7 – Effortlessly good at the base of midfield. Shut down almost every Everton attempt to attack up the gut.

Jordan Henderson – 8 – Gave Liverpool the lead with an unreal Messi-esque finish. Seriously. He also provided a majestic pass through to Mohamed Salah for the Reds’ second goal. But that finish, it was absolutely sublime and you could totally see it coming as the Liverpool captain stepped up to the ball and bent it in from the edge of the box.

Thiago – 7 – Just very good.

Mohamed Salah – 8 – Missed two good chances early on, but roared back with two sublime goals in the rest of the game. His movement was so sharp and while the finishes owed a lot to weak goalkeeping the technique with which he took the shots, two entirely different finishes, and the way he did both running at pace leaving defenders in his wake, he is an absolute marvel. The best player in the Premier League by a million miles.

Diogo Jota – 7 – A busy display capped with an outrageous goal as he took Robertson’s pass with a sublime touch, drove into space and then thundered the ball into the back of the net.

Sadio Mané – 5 – He wasn’t bad, but nothing came off for him tonight.

Substitutes:

James Milner (for Thiago 75′) – 6 – Came on and provided a calming presence.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (for Henderson 83′) – n/a – Came on late.

Takumi Minamino (for Jota 88′) – n/a – Came on late.

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