Liverpool 4-0 Everton: direct football and Sturridge wide-left helps Liverpool win easily

“Another high-scoring Merseyside derby – but this time, the goals were all at one end. Brendan Rodgers was without Glen Johnson, Daniel Agger, Mamadou Sakho, Jose Enrique, Joe Allen and Lucas Leiva, so had a patched-up back four, with Steven Gerrard in the deepest midfield role. Roberto Martinez welcomed back Ross Barkley, but was without both Sylvain Distin and Seamus Coleman. In an extremely intense, fast-paced match, Liverpool effectively sealed the victory by half-time.” Zonal Marking

Liverpool 4-0 Everton: Tactical Analysis | An all-out attacking Merseyside derby
“The match was billed as the biggest Merseyside derby since the 80s. Based on the stats and the positioning of both the sides, it certainly was. Rodgers’ Liverpool and Martinez’ Everton were having impressive campaigns, with both sides fighting it out for that coveted Champions League spot. The two sides played out a 3-3 draw earlier in the season, a match which some considered to be the most exciting of derbies in recent seasons. Expectations were high, intensity at another level, passion flaring and two young managers tactical brains put to the test, in the end, the Red side emerged victorious.” Outside of the Boot

Liverpool can look forward after derby thrashing of Everton
“Liverpool started the 222nd Merseyside derby looking over their shoulders at neighbours Everton and with a glance in the direction of Manchester United, fortified by Juan Mata’s £37m addition. They ended a thunderous night with their biggest Merseyside derby win since November 1982 and, at 4-0, the widest victory margin at Anfield against their rivals from across Stanley Park for 42 years. Manager Brendan Rodgers will seek satisfaction in those statistics – but of greater significance is that this evolving Liverpool team will feel they can gaze forward rather than back in the closing phases of the Premier League season.” BBC

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