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Liverpool's 5-2 victory over Everton left a lot of good news for the 'red' team, as they not only set a new club record in the Premier League, but also did so at the expense of their Merseyside rivals, that are increasingly in a more compromised situation.
Jurgen Klopp's team reached a total of 32 games without defeats in the Premier League on Wednesday, their longest run without losing in the top-flight of English football. The previous mark of the club was the 31 unbeaten games between May 1987 and March 1988 in that Liverpool team that ended up clinching the league title of the 1987/88 campaign as a result. The ‘reds’ fans expect the result to be identical to end a 30-year wait without titles in the English league.
Liverpool's last defeat dates to January 3, when they fell to Manchester City 2-1 at Etihad Stadium, in a process that left the team just one point short of the title that Pep Guardiola's team finally claimed in the last campaign. Although not even half of this season has been completed, Liverpool's strong start - in which they have achieved 14 wins and a draw - allows them to stand with an eight points advantage over Leicester at the top of the standings, while their Manchester City great rivals are left 11 points behind.
In the game on Wednesday, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Jordan Henderson stayed on the bench in the derby against Everton, but Klopp’s team was far superior to its rival and scored four goals before the break. With the leadership of Sadio Mane, author of a goal and two assists, the ‘reds’ ended up with a 5-2 on a scoreboard that was completed by Divock Origi with a brace, Xherdan Shaqiri, and Georginio Wijnaldum.
The clear win also meant the 100th victory for Klopp in the Premier League in just 159 games, and only José Mourinho has reached that mark faster after obtaining it in 142 matches. Although the victory in the derby was significant for Liverpool for several reasons, it also left Everton in the relegation zone, a fact that had not occurred since 1999 after the first 15 matchdays of the Premier League.
The defeat leaves Toffees’ coach Marco Silva in an even more complicated situation after his position in the club was already being questioned in recent weeks. The Portuguese spoke with the press after the game and declined to refer to his continuity in office. "I am not the right person to answer about this situation; this question is for other people," Silva said.
"We are making some mistakes that put us under great, great pressure. The type of mistakes we are making come because the players are playing under great pressure due to the position on the table. They are making some mistakes that are not normal for the level in which we are", Everton’s coach completed by analyzing a situation that is increasingly unsustainable.
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