Liverpool blow Everton away in Merseyside derby

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Liverpool remain 8 points clear at the top
Liverpool remain 8 points clear at the top

Liverpool maintained their Merseyside stranglehold over Everton with a 5-2 win over their rivals to remain eight points clear at the top of the Premier League.

In one of the showpiece fixtures of the season under the lights at Anfield, the game lived up to its billing in an extraordinary first half which saw six goals scored.

Sadio Mane laid on two sublime assists for Divock Origi (6) and Xherdan Shaqiri (17) – who were both handed starts in place of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino – to put Liverpool in control.

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Michael Keane (21) hit back for Everton but two more special Liverpool goals from Origi (31) and Mane (44) restored the three-goal cushion for just two minutes before Richarlison (45+2) made it 4-2 just before the break.

Georginio Wijnaldum wrapped it up late on (90) as the Everton fans streamed out of Anfield.

It is now 20 games unbeaten for Liverpool against Everton in all competitions and under-pressure Toffees boss Marco Silva now sees his team in the relegation zone after losing nine of their last 13 Premier League games.

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