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Liverpool 5-2 Everton: Sadio Mane steals the show with a goal and two assists

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Liverpool 5-2 Everton: Sadio Mane steals the show with a goal and two assists as Jurgen Klopp's side produce most prolific Merseyside derby since 1933 to pile even more pressure on Marco SilvaLiverpool dominated the Merseyside derby under the lights at home at Anfield to boost their title credentialsJurgen Klopp rotated his front line but he was vindicated after 11 minutes when his side were 2-0 aheadDivock Origi struck after rounding Jordan Pickford and Xherdan Shaqiri added a second to put them in controlEverton got a lifeline through Michael Keane but were soon conceding again through Origi and Sadio Mane  Richarlison's diving header made it 4-2 before the break but it proved no more than consolation for Everton Advertisement

With 10 minutes remaining, Sadio Mane was through one on one. Twice, in fact. He missed both. Had he scored, it would have been a flawless performance, one that reflects the number on his shirt: 10. Still 9.5 is close enough. If there has been a better individual display this season, it has passed most observers by. Certainly this one.

Mane took Everton apart in a win that maintained a comfortable eight point cushion for Liverpool at the top of the league, despite Leicester's best efforts. The 11 points they have on Manchester City will be regarded as more significant by some but, either way, Liverpool remain the team to beat, the team against which all others will be judged this season.

Jurgen Klopp made changes, but Liverpool barely skipped a beat. Yes, they conceded, but then they invariably do, so no change there. In all other aspects, however, this was an exceptional display, one that may be too much for Everton manager Marco Silva, who saw his team slip into the bottom three. Liverpool, though, are flying. There is no stronger squad in the country right now. No group more expertly assembled.

Liverpool's title credentials were once again underlined with a dominant performance to win the Merseyside derby at Anfield

Divock Origi, brought in for Roberto Firmino, got his - and Liverpool's - first goal by rounding goalkeeper Jordan Pickford

Xherdan Shaqiri, starting ahead of Mo Salah, added a second after s well-worked team goal started by in-form Sadio Mane

The Swiss international made a brilliant run to deceive the Everton defence and he slotted home on his left foot for 2-0

Everton's high line caused all sorts of problems and Origi was later mobbed by supporters after he added a stunning third

Mane was the man of the match for the hosts and he got a well-deserved goal to cap off a brilliant performance at Anfield

The defeat ramps up pressure on Everton boss Marco Silva and he could find himself axed before their upcoming fixtures

Liverpool's schedule in December is punishing, but this was a display that suggested they can handle it. Jurgen Klopp left men out, big men, key men, yet still received a performance indicative of champions. 

The replacements did not merely step up, they hit levels that were an improvement on what has been delivered recently by the first choices. Divock Origi prolific and exceptional as he so often is against Everton; Xherdan Shaqiri quickly on the scoresheet, nimble and intelligent. 

And then there was Mane the only regular starter selected in Klopp's forward line. What an amazing game he had. It was as if he saw the team sheet, no Roberto Firmino, no Mohamed Salah and thought: here we go, I'll show you who can play. And he did. 

Origi showed the merit in his selection as he played on the shoulder of his marker to use his pace in behind the defenders

Everton's players were visibly frustrated as they began the night starting in the relegation zone due to Southampton's win

Origi's goals settled Liverpool down despite a brief threat from Everton from set pieces as they looked to take the game direct

Defender Michael Keane (left) was on hand to clip the ball over goalkeeper Adrian to make it 2-1 but hope soon petered out

This was arguably the individual performance of the season, almost certainly featuring the pass of the season, and quite probably the runner-up, too. Mane was devastating, and Everton had no answer to him.  He set up the first two goals, and scored a fourth – and all before half-time. 

Klopp will be angry at the two Everton scored in the same period, but they flattered Silva's team given Liverpool's domination. 

Everton kept in touch because Liverpool's defence is curiously fragile for a club so dominant in the league. They made mistakes that gave the scoreline a sense of parity. In reality, Liverpool were a different class. Mane destroyed Everton close to single-handedly, and Origi was his perfect foil.

Super sub, even super understudy, does not do Origi sufficient credit. He has a habit of deciding huge matches, of scoring on the biggest occasions – and there is nothing he relishes more than a derby. Scoring his second of the night, he had more goals against Everton than Mane, Firmino and Salah put together. 

Yet as fine as Origi's finishing was, this was never less than Mane's show. His assist for the first goal was so good it was almost more. An assist can be anything – a half-deflection, a hopeful punt into the box. Mane's assist was a pass of such beauty and precision it took Everton's defence out in its entirety, goalkeeper and all.

It came from an Everton attack that collapsed in the Liverpool box, not enough blue shirts competing for the second ball until it was finally cleared. Yet Liverpool counter-attack at speed all the time. What made this special was Mane's final eye of the needle pass, curled so perfectly into Origi's path that the striker did not have to break stride to take it round the advancing Jordan Pickford. 

Keane raced away to cheers from the away fans and at that moment there was genuine belief of a comeback from Everton

But Origi did brilliantly to control a long ball over the top from Dejan Lovren and he cushioned his striker into the top corner

Mane then broke away on the counter and picked out the bottom corner to add Liverpool's fourth at the end of the first half

MATCH FACTS, PLAYER RATINGS AND LEAGUE TABLE 

LIVERPOOL: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold (Gomez 83), Lovren, van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Lallana (Henderson 72), Milner, Shaqiri, Mane, Origi (Firmino 73).

SUBS NOT USED: Keita, Salah, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kelleher.

GOALS: Origi (6, 32), Shaqiri (17), Mane (45), Wijnaldum (90) 

MANAGER: Jurgen Klopp 

EVERTON: Pickford, Holgate, Mina, Keane, Sidibe (Bernard 35), Sigurdsson, Davies (Schneiderlin 72), Digne, Iwobi, Calvert-Lewin (Kean 60), Richarlison. 

SUBS NOT USED: Baines, Walcott, Tosun, Lossl.

GOALS: Keane (20), Rucharlison (45+3) 

BOOKED: Richarlison, Davies 

MANAGER: Marco Silva 

REFEREE: Mike Dean (Wirral)

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England's goalkeeper was made to look foolish, but it really wasn't his fault. He had charged from his line to intercept the through pass and 99 times out of 100 that would have been the right thing to do. Yet Mane's pass was a killer. Origi skipped free and slotted the ball into an empty net. There were just six minutes gone. 

So that's the pass of the season sorted. Making the short-list, however, is the pass Mane delivered for Liverpool's second. He was left of centre for this one, too, bringing the ball down sweetly after a lovely crossfield pass from the excellent Trent Alexander-Arnold. 

Mane toyed with Everton's defence like a cat with a half-dead mouse and then switched the script on them with a lovely reverse ball, anticipated smartly by Shaqiri, whose run was not even understood, far less tracked.

Again, he didn't have to miss a step. The pace of the ball, the timing of the run, all were in perfect accord. Shaqiri rolled the ball into the far corner, Pickford powerless once more. Everton got one back, but we can come to that later. 

Fast forward to Liverpool's third which did not feature Mane but did include a stunning, confident finish from Origi. What we can say with some certainty now is that there really isn't anything like a Liverpool second string right now – and whatever team they send out to cover these December fixtures will be feared. 

Yes, Salah, Firmino and Mane are the regulars – but who will feel relief at the sight of Origi's name on the team sheet after this? Not Everton in the FA Cup, that's for sure. 

There was an on-pitch inquest among the Everton players as they tried to establish how they were continually so exposed

Brazilian forward Richarlison, who signed a new deal this week, made it 4-2 but his header eventually proved a consolation

Klopp was left unhappy at conceding two goals but he will no doubt have taken great pride in returning the gap to 11 points

It was an ambitious ball from Dejan Lovren that set it up – but it is what Origi did with it that turned it into high art. Breaking clear of Everton's beleaguered defence, he brought the ball down deftly and in one movement lobbed the advancing Pickford, like this was a bit of training ground fun. 

The two goal cushion restored, Liverpool eased towards half-time with a fourth – Mane finally getting the goal his display deserved. 

It was another surging run from Alexander-Arnold that set him up, the full-back squaring the ball for Mane to sweep it past Pickford at the near post. If Liverpool were unable to relax from there it was because amid all their first-half dominance, they had somehow conceded two goals.

The first came when Lovren failed to deal with a cross from Alex Iwobi, the loose ball propelled past Adrian by Michael Keane. 

The next, in first-half injury time, came when Lovren made a half-hearted attempt to cut out a cross from substitute Bernard – Silva abandoned a back three when the third went in – allowing Richarlison to score with an attempted header that came off his shoulder.


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