PLAYER RATINGS: Pickford is Reds' public enemy No 1, Kabak struggles

PLAYER RATINGS: Jordan Pickford cements himself as Liverpool’s public enemy No 1 with superb saves to help Everton to historic win… as Reds new boy Ozan Kabak endures another miserable game

  • Everton took a historic victory at Anfield on Saturday, shocking rivals Liverpool  
  • Jordan Pickford produced a brilliant display to infuriate Reds fans even more
  • New signing Ozan Kabak had another terrible game, struggling at the back 

Liverpool’s 22-year Anfield dominance over their Merseyside rivals ended on Saturday, with Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton sinking the champions 2-0. 

A Richarlison first-half strike and Gylfi Sigurdsson penalty led the Toffees to a historic victory, dispatching a sorry Liverpool side who have now lost four Premier League matches in a row.  

As Everton caught up with their rivals to move into seventh in the top-flight, Ian Whittle rated both side’s performances. 

Everton grabbed an unforgettable 2-0 victory at Anfield to end a 22-year wait for an away win

Liverpool’s form took yet another blow, seeing the situation turn very serious for Jurgen Klopp 

First real job was to pick the ball out of his net but, in terrible conditions for a keeper, recovered to turn in a solid performance.

Trent Alexander-Arnold 6

Superb strike drew great save from Pickford and offered Liverpool a much-needed option going forward but gave away the killer pen.

Ozan Kabak 4.5

At fault not once, but twice, for the opening goal and booked late in the first half to complete a miserable day.

Ozan Kabak is still struggling to settle at Liverpool, putting in another dreadful performance 

Jordan Henderson 6

Liverpool’s centre-half injury curse continued when the veteran was forced off with a groin problem. Had almost equalised moments before.

Andy Robertson 6

Never got into his attacking stride but, after the goal, did well enough in dealing with the pacy Richarlison when he popped up on his wing.

Thiago Alcantara 5.5

His initial poor header played his team in trouble for the Everton opener and his distribution never made an impact.

The Thiago Liverpool fans expected to arrive from Bayern Munich has yet to arrive at Anfield

Georginio Wijnaldum 6.5

Anchored the Liverpool midfield and sharp on occasion to help snuff out the danger as Everton threatened on the counter-attack.

Curtis Jones 5.5

Grafted hard on the left of the three-man midfield but failed to make an attacking impact and sacrificed for Shaqiri.

Mohamed Salah 5

Not helped by a scrappy game and lack of service but quiet by his standards and his one sniff of goal ended in a good Pickford save.

Mo Salah is struggling for service and his old lethal finishing at the Reds went goalless again

Roberto Firmino 6.5

Woes continued in front of goal but not through a lack of trying and was unafraid to try his luck. Only a Keane deflection denied him in the first half.

Sadio Mane 7.5

The liveliest off the three Liverpool forwards with a constant eye for goal and confidence to run at Everton’s massed ranks of defenders. Close with a couple of headers.

Substitutes

Nat Phillips for Henderson 30 mins – 7

Xherdan Shaqiri for Jones 62 mins – 5

Divock Origi for Thiago 87 mins

Subs (not used): Keita, Adrian, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tsimikas, Davies, N Williams

Everton (5–3-1-1)

Jordan Pickford 9

Public enemy number one with Liverpool fans and brilliant fingertip saves from Henderson and Alexander-Arnold will not have improved that standing.

Jordan Pickford rose to the Merseyside derby challenge with a superb performance in goal 

Seamus Coleman 6.5

Almost scored with an amazing diving header from Digne’s cross as Everton’s wing-backs linked brilliantly.

Mason Holgate 7.5

Great clearance from an Alexander-Arnold cross as Mane thought he had a tap-in to equalise. A mature, disciplined display.

Michael Keane 8

Flung himself brilliantly in the way of a Firmino shot, stopping a great chance of an equaliser, then made a blinding tackle on Mane after the break.

Ben Godfrey 7.5

Young defender coped well with movement and pace of Liverpool forwards and never put a foot wrong.

Ben Godfrey coped superbly with Roberto Firmino, keeping the Reds front-three out all night

Lucas Digne 6.5

Non-stop up and down the left and did a good enough job in shackling Salah when he attacked down his flank.

Abdoulaye Doucoure 6.5

Had a hand in the opener but gave the ball away cheaply at times to help Liverpool build the pressure. Grew into the game as it went.

Tom Davies 7

Worked his socks off in the middle with a number of tough tackles that regained possession for his under-pressure team. His pass started the move for the pen.

Midfielder Tom Davies put in a tireless performance to provide the bedrock for the victory 

Andre Gomes 5

Gave the ball away far too often and his booking was the most predictable event of the first half as he was cautioned for repeated fouling.

James Rodriguez 7

Superb role in the opening goal but became a luxury as the pressure mounted on the Blues so made way for Calvert-Lewin.

Richarlison 8

Carrying the attacking burden with Calvert-Lewin starting on the bench but produced a superb finish for the opener and had a hand in the penalty move.

Substitutes

Gylfi Sigurdsson for Gomes 58 mins – 7.5

Dominic Calvert-Lewin for Rodriguez 61 mins – 7.5

Alex Iwobi for Richarlison 86 mins

Subs (not used) Allan, King, Nkounkou, Bernard, Olsen, Onyango.

Referee: Chris Kavanagh 6




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