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Mane Shines As Liverpool Secure Merseyside Derby Spoils

English Premier League

Result: Liverpool 5-2 Everton

Date: 04 December 2019

Venue: Anfield

Premier League leaders Liverpool were in a rampant mood after they thrashed cross-town rivals Everton 5-2 at Anfield on Wednesday night.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp raised eyebrows with five changes from their win over Brighton and Hove Albion, with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino replaced by Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi from the start, while James Milner, Adam Lallana and goalkeeper Adrian completed the changes.

The visitors had a flying start after Origi haunted the Toffees once again with the opener in the sixth after a sweeping finish past goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, after latching onto through ball by Sadio Mane.

Mane produced another defence-splitting pass inside the box in the 17th minute for Shaqiri, who made it 2-0 for Liverpool with a first-time strike almost identical to the first goal.

Marco Silva's men pulled a goal back in the 21st minute through Michael Keane after the defender dinked a shot over Adrian from close range after a cross by Alex Iwobi was not dealt with.

However, Origi made restored Liverpool's two-goal cushion for the Reds in the 31st minute with a looping shot over Pickford after a lovely long-ball by Dejan Lovren.

After setting up the first two goals, Mane got on the scoresheet himself on the stroke of half-time with a first-time finish after Trent Alexander-Arnold sent him clear on goal.

Richarlison gave Everton hope just before heading out for the break as he reduced the deficit in first-half stoppage with a diving header past the helpless Adrian.

With the Reds seemingly comfortably in front, Klopp made two changes in the 72nd minute after bringing on Jordan Henderson in place of Lallana to solidify the midfield, while Firmino took the place of Origi.

Mane should have bagged a fifth goal for Klopp's troops with ten minutes remaining after being sent clear on goal by Henderson, but the Senegal star somehow slotted wide of the mark, while substitute Moise Kean squandered a glorious opening at the other end moments later.

Georginio Wijnaldum finally rounded off the scoring for the hosts in the last minute with a smashing low strike into the bottom corner after linking up with Firmino.

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