Liverpool 5-2 Everton
The Liverpool boss rung the changes as Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino were left on the bench. The likes of Adrian, Adam Lallana, Divock Origi, James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri returned to the starting eleven.
The Reds got off to an energetic start and grabbed the opener inside the opening ten minutes. Sadio Mane controlled the ball in midfield and fed Origi, who made a fantastic run to elude the on-rushing Jordan Pickford and coolly slot it into the back of the net.
They doubled their advantage just ten minutes later after a brilliant Liverpool move. Trent Alexander-Arnold swept the ball to Mane on the left, who ran towards the danger area and played a disguised ball for Shaqiri to finish into the back of the net.
The early goal-scoring kept on going as the Reds made it 3-1 just after the half-hour mark. Lovren played an excellent long ball to find Origi, who controlled it with astonishing ease and slotted the ball past Pickford for the second time.
Liverpool didn’t look like they were missing either Firmino or Salah as the rotated Reds looked lively and played some fantastic football. They capped the first half off with a deserved fourth goal as Mane got in on the act.
The Reds forward kicked off a quick Reds counter-attack, with Alexander-Arnold storming ahead with the ball and reversing it to Mane. The Senegalese stroked the ball home with a first time left-footed finish to complete the rousing move, much to the delight of the Anfield crowd.
However, Everton responded just seconds before the break as an unmarked Richarlison got on the end of Bernard’s cross and headed past Adrian to make it 4-2 at half-time.
The second half was much less chaotic as Liverpool looked to manage the game and make clever use of their two-goal advantage.
Mane could have scored his second with ten minutes left as he latched on to substitute Jordan Henderson’s long ball, only to finish agonisingly wide of the post from close-range.
The Senegalese had another chance minutes later as he was played clean through and rounded Pickford, only to get smothered and run out of space.
Gini Wijnaldum completed the scoring in the last minute as substitute Roberto Firmino did fantastically to elude the Blues defence and reverse the ball to the Dutchman, who made no mistake with his toe-poke finish.
Next up for Liverpool is a trip to the Vitality Stadium as they face a tricky test against Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth side on Saturday afternoon.
Liverpool: Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Wijnaldum, Lallana; Shaqiri, Origi, Mane.
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