Liverpool, in free fall in the Premier League. The reigning champion of England registered his fourth consecutive defeat in the championship and this Saturday, in the 25th day, it was especially painful when it occurred in the derby against Everton (2-0) at Anfield.
The Brazilian Richarlison (minute 3), assisted by the Colombian James Rodríguez, and the Icelandic Gylfi Sigurdsson (83), transforming a penalty, scored the goals of the victory for Everton, who had not won a ‘Mersey Derbi’ in 22 years. your neighbor’s temple.
Everton had not won a derby against Liverpool since 2010, taking into account the clashes in the two stadiums.
“I’m happy for the club and for the fans. I’m sure they will celebrate tonight, it was a great game, with a lot of struggle and motivation,” said the Italian Everton coach Carlo Ancelotti.
After the respite from Tuesday’s 2-0 victory over RB Leipzig in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16, the ‘Reds’ returned to their nightmare of the national tournament, where they are only sixth, now reached on points by Everton himself, seventh and who also has one less game played.
Regarding the Champions League area (Top 4), Liverpool is three points behind Chelsea (4th), which a few hours earlier drew 1-1 at Southampton (13th).
Revalidating the title already seems like an impossible mission for Liverpool, who are 16 points behind leaders Manchester City, who can further extend their advantage if they score on Sunday at Arsenal (10th).
Since a 3-1 win at West Ham on January 31, Liverpool have suffered four defeats in a row in their last four Premier League games. Three of them at home (Brighton 1-0 and Manchester City 4-1, in addition to Everton this Saturday) and one as a visitor (Leicester 3-1).
Liverpool have suffered four consecutive defeats at Anfield, since Burnley ended in January with a streak of 68 games without the team having lost in its legendary stadium.
In addition to the loss, the other bad news for Jürgen Klopp on Saturday was Jordan Henderson’s muscle injury within half an hour of play.
Despite the absence of their star attacker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Everton gave their neighbor a lesson and was a real wall, with a splendid game from goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
“We have to improve in the definition. It will be then when we can win games,” Klopp analyzed.
– Chelsea slow down –
A few hours earlier, Chelsea (4th) signed a bittersweet draw (1-1) at Southampton (13th).
The ‘Blues’, who added four consecutive victories in the Premier, could have been one point behind Leicester (3rd) in case of victory, but with 43 points they are now threatened by West Ham (5th, with 42 points), who will host Tottenham (9th) on Sunday.
For Southampton, this draw ends six consecutive losses in the league, and stabilizes them in 13th place, with 11 points above the relegation zone.
Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea may have had the mind at times in Tuesday’s game against Atlético de Madrid in Bucharest, in the second round of the Champions League.
Japanese striker Takumi Minamino opened the scoring for the hosts in the 32nd minute against a Chelsea that noted the absence of the quarterback from its rear, the Brazilian Thiago Silva.
But the Londoners avoided the first defeat of the Tuchel era thanks to a penalty transformed by Mason Mount (53).
Chelsea will have to offer a different record against Atlético if they want the Champions League to remain their big goal of the season.
In another game this Saturday, Burnley (15th) and West Bromwich (19th, penultimate) drew without goals (0-0).
A point that is not of much use especially to West Bromwich, which is still eleven points away from the salvation zone, marked by Newcastle (17th), who visit Manchester United (2nd) on Sunday.
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