Date: 20th December 2016 at 9:47am
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Liverpool left it late to see off Everton in the Merseyside derby on Monday as Sadio Mane’s injury-time winner got the better of the Toffees at Goodison Park.

The game looked to be heading for a stalemate but excellent work from Daniel Sturridge saw his effort hit the post, only for Mane to react quickest and fire home into an empty net.

Jurgen Klopp’s men struggled to deal with Everton’s high intensity in the first-half, but as the hosts tired in the second, the Reds began to assert their authority, and were probably good value for the three points in the end.

It means that Liverpool will be second at Christmas, six points adrift of league leaders Chelsea, while Ronald Koeman’s Everton will head into their Boxing Day clash with Leicester eighth in the division.

Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

The Toffees’ game plan certainly worked in the opening 45 minutes, but they unsurprisingly struggled to match that intensity in the second, and in turn suffered their first home league defeat of the season.

They were fortunate to end the game with 11 players on the pitch after Ross Barkley’s horror challenge on Jordan Henderson received only a yellow card, and it is now 12 successive derbies without a win for the blue half of Merseyside, dating back to 2010.

Unsurprisingly, many supporters took to Twitter after the game to express their views, with Liverpool fans delighted that their side got what they deserved in the end…

On what a scrappy evening a Goodison Park, many Reds supporters praised the efforts of centre-back Ragnar Klavan, who kept striker Romelu Lukaku in check for much of the contest…

While it was another frustrating derby day for Everton fans, who have to go back six years for the last time they beat their rivals…

While Barkley’s involvement in the game prompted many to take to social media, suggesting that he was very lucky to stay on the pitch following his challenge on Henderson…

And many questioned his overall display, perhaps indicative of a player who may not reach his potential after all…

 
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