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Premier League round-up: Liverpool thrash 10-man Everton, as West Ham overcome Watford

Wednesday 20th April , 2016 10:48 pm
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Liverpool 4-0 Everton

Jurgen Klopp enjoyed a memorable night at Anfield in his first ever Merseyside derby, as his side ran out 4-0 victors against a shocking Everton side.

Divock Origi and Mamadou Sakho handed the hosts a first-half lead, before Ramiro Funes Mori was sent off for the Toffees. Liverpool capitalised on the man advantage, extending their lead through Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho.

Before running riot, Adam Lallana could have grabbed a handful for himself, missing two gilt edged chances to hand his team the lead early in the first-half.

Running one-on-one with Joel Robles, the England international attempted to finish through his legs, but the keeper was equal to the shot. He then flashed a header past the post, which should have nestled in the corner of the goal, with Joel cemented to the centre of the goal.

This constant pressure paid off on the brink of half-time, when Origi netted the opening goal.

James Milner crossed from the right-wing to the far post, with the Belgian striker continuing his great recent run of form to bag his first derby goal for the Reds.

Liverpool were not content with just getting one in the opening period though, doubling the lead in injury time.

Milner assisted again, chipping a cross from the right onto the head of centre-back Sakho, who thundered the finish past Joel.

The second period started with the Toffees failing to show anything which suggested they would get back into the game, and the final nail was hammered into their coffin less than 10 minutes after the restart.

Funes Mori was shown a straight red card for a horrible stamp on Origi, who was stretchered off in worrying scenes. The Argentinian defender now misses the FA Cup semi-final againstManchester United, leaving Martinez with a selection headache as he attempts to decide who will partner John Stones at centre-back.

Stones, though, could be overlooked in the FA Cup clash following his performance tonight, having gifted the hosts their third goal.

The youngster’s pass out of defence was easily intercepted, and Lucas Leiva played a pinpoint pass through to Daniel Sturridge, who replaced the injured Origi. The English international controlled excellently with his right foot, before finishing into the corner with his left.

Stones was immediately taken off with an apparent injury, and Liverpool spent the final 25 minutes attacking with abandon, destroying an Everton defence who were playing with no centre-backs.

Chances were missed at a rate of knots, before Coutinho’s long-range strike found its way past Joel to make it four for the hosts.

The game calmed down after the fourth, with Liverpool still attacking but without the previous vigour.

It was clear that the team accepted the job was done, with three points picked up as the Blue half of Merseyside left Anfield humbled by Klopp’s excellence.

West Ham 3-1 Watford

A much changed Watford side were easily beaten by Slaven Bilic’s full strength Hammers, as the visitors had their minds on their upcoming FA Cup clash.

Andy Carroll opened the scoring, and Mark Noble secured the win with two penalties. Sebastian Prodl pulled one back for the Hornets, but there was never any fear that West Ham would lose their lead.

Carroll opened the scoring after just 10 minutes, converting past Gomes from a Dimitri Payet cross. The Frenchman’s delivery was inch-perfect, leaving Carroll with an easy finish.

Watford recovered well from their poor start, breaking quickly into the Hammers’ half. However, poor use of the ball meant a host of chances were wasted, the final ball failing to find a yellow shirt.

The hosts dominated play, and should have been even further ahead before they did grab their second.

Carroll headed wide from a free-kick, Payet’s curling attempt was just over, and Diafra Sakho had a low drive pushed wide by Heurelho Gomes.

However, the Brazilian keeper was beaten just before the end of the half, Noble converting a penalty to his left, as he dived the wrong way.

Jose Holebas committed the foul, jumping on Cheikhou Kouyate’s back to bring the midfielder down.

Watford were comprehensively outplayed, and the hosts further confirmed their dominance early in the second period when Noble netted a second spot-kick.

Almen Abdi fouled Michail Antonio, with the English midfielder playing his strike down the centre to beat Gomes for a second time.

The Hornets continued to press, but they failed to create any real chances from open play, with Prodl finally pulling one back from a free-kick.

The Austrian centre-back lashed home a low delivery from Holebas, the ball curling into the far corner of Adrian’s goal.

The visitors were not downhearted by the score, still looking for another goal and a way to reduce the defencit, but they could just not break down a tough defence.

Troy Deeney had an injury time penalty saved, and a frustrating night for the Hornets came to an end in dour circumstances, as Nordin Amrabat was dismissed for two yellow cards with just seconds remaining.

Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace

Manchester United eased their way to a victory over Crystal Palace which moved them to within one point of fourth placed Arsenal and the Champions League places.

Damien Delaney converted past his own keeper after just four minutes to send the Eagles behind, with Matteo Darmian converting via the post with a powerful finish early in the second half.

A series of excellent Julian Speroni saves kept the scoreline down, as both teams eased their way through the 90 minutes with eyes on their respective FA Cup semi-final ties.

United took the lead when Delaney attempted to cut out a cross from the left-wing. However, the centre-back only managed to send a strong finish into the back of his own net.

Palace never really threatened to get back into the game as soon as they went behind, as the hosts dominated the ball with ease.

However, the Red Devils showed their usual lack of attacking intent, and only doubled their lead in the second period.

Darmian collected the ball on the edge of the box, moving it onto his left foot and firing past Speroni.

The rest of the game was something of an exhibition match for United, controlling play with ease and seeing out the win with no need to over exert themselves ahead of the weekend.

 

Source: Talksport

 

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