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Everton 1 Liverpool 4 (Dec 1 2021)

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It’s nice when a game goes pretty much as expected and how it should do. I said it when we played Arsenal, that was a game where we should be twatting them because they’re just perfectly set up for us to exploit. And exploit we did. This one was a little different in that it had nothing to do with their style of play being a good match up for us, it was just a case of us being miles better than them. They shouldn’t be able to live with us, and it turns out they couldn’t.

 

The only way we were not going to win this game, and win it handsomely, would be if we went out there and basically threw up all down ourselves. Everton have nothing that we should be worried about. They’re a lower/mid table team, without their main goal threat, they’re in terrible form and their fans fucking hate them. Everything was pointing to a big away win for us and that’s what happened.

 

That doesn’t make it any less enjoyable though. This was fucking boss. It was an absolute beatdown and even though the game appeared to be in the balance for a time when it was 2-1, realistically it was never really in doubt given the huge gulf in class between the two sides.

 

The home crowd were furious, obviously. They always are. The life of an Everton presents two options. Misery or anger. Sometimes the two cross over, but generally Blues fall into one category or the other. It must be the most miserable of existences. In terms of this game though I don’t know what they were wanting from their team. They were booed off, the atmosphere was toxic and Rafa will bear a lot of the brunt of it.

 

Here’s the thing, and this isn’t a defence of Benitez in any way. I haven’t done that since some time around late 2008. This is simply a fact. Everton are not a good football team, irrespective of who the manager is. Liverpool on the other hand, are probably the best team in the world when firing on all cylinders, which we are pretty close to doing at the moment.

 

United lost 5-0 at home to us. Arsenal and Southampton were swept aside 4-0. Watford, who beat Everton 4-1 the other week, conceded five to us a week prior to that. So I would ask Evertonians, what exactly did you expect here? You can’t live with us. We’re in a completely different league currently and if this game was played ten times, this probably wouldn’t even be the biggest beating you’d take. That’s not bravado, or gloating, or any of that. It’s just a fact.

 

Look at how we started this game. We had two gilt edged chances in the first two minutes. The opening 20 minutes of this game we were imperious and much better sides than Everton wouldn’t have been able to cope with it. You could see that our lads had a score to settle after the two derby games last season and there was just no way Everton were going to be able to withstand that. 

 

The Blues can get angry with Rafa and their players all they like, but it’s stupid. It’s like putting Ronnie Corbett in the ring with Mike Tyson and then berating him when he gets battered. This was a mismatch, pure and simple.

 

We went into this game with our best eleven players (you can argue the toss over Bobby and Jota if you like, but I don’t think that’s even really a debate now with how dangerous Jota is) and our best eleven players are scary as fuck. You hear all the time from opposing players and managers just how hard it is to play against us, so a team with Michael Keane as the defensive lynchpin and Saloman Rondon leading the line is always going to be in trouble.

 

From the opening seconds our lads were right at it. We forced a corner immediately and Matip should have scored. Poor header that, but he is very much hit and miss in those situations. A minute later Mo should have scored when for some reason he went with his left foot rather his head from a Robbo cross. In fairness he was probably expecting Pickford to being doing something mad, such as flying through the air with his boot raised like Bruce Lee.

 

 

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Yeah. I wanted Origi to come on too. He likes scoring against the shit. 

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Those dives really wound me up, and Robbo got a card for nothing because they've even taught their kids. The arrogance of mediocrity.

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My favourite chant of the night was, “You’re going to boo in a minute” when the added time board went up. Hilarious and accurate in equal measure. 

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1 hour ago, tlw content said:

Gray... ...should be looking to move on to a more competitive team, like West Ham or Villa.

Woah. Aren't Everton a more compet...

 

Ahhhh. I see what you've done there. *taps nose. 

 

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To think someone on here called Hendo an average player recently.

What a performance, yet again.

 

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Martinez, Koeman, Ancelotti, Benitez.

 

When you look at those names, call me crazy, but I'm thinking maybe the manager isn't the issue at Everton.

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You can feel how good you were feeling inside when you wrote that . 12 goals in three games, sounds kind of it would deserve a fanzine, wouldn’t it ?

 

Hendo is pure class, as a player and a skipper.

 

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"What a team these lads are."  Nail on head.  We are witnessing incredible team performances week after week, and it's a beautiful thing to behold.  

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Forgot to put this in the report or on the pod, but the funniest thing about last night was when Mo went clear for his first goal, some Blues ran down to the front of the Gwladys Street to flick him the Vs before he took his shot, as though that was somehow going to put him off. 

 

I loved that, it was hilarious.

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Salah's second goal reminded me of Torres. Particularly his goal against Vidic and Man Utd at old Trafford. Holding off the defender and rolling the ball past the goalie. 

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Great stuff, as usual. Couple of quibbles.

 

Mane was the one who crossed it for Salah when Pickford made the save low down to his left. It was brilliant play by him.

 

Also, VVD took the free kick at 1-3, I believe, but I said exactly what you did when it happened. That was heart ruling head for probably the only time all night.

 

I thought Hendo was clear MoTD followed by Robbo.

 

Matip was shite first half, brilliant second, which makes me think it was our set up and positioning that needed tweeking at half time.

 

Mane had a relatively quiet game, and didn't seem to want to get involved in too much of the physical stuff.

 

Other than that, everyone else was properly on their game, and Jota in particular was fantastic in his application.

 

When we have that side, and everyone playing at least 8 out of 10, with one or two 9s, we'll win every game.

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7 hours ago, johnsusername said:

Salah's second goal reminded me of Torres. Particularly his goal against Vidic and Man Utd at old Trafford. Holding off the defender and rolling the ball past the goalie. 

It was a carbon copy of one Suarez scored vs the bitters when we beat them 4-0 at Anfield a few years ago.

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