Liverpool add to Everton’s woes by winning the Merseyside Derby to boost their quadruple bid.

Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Everton in the 240th Merseyside derby on Sunday kept their quadruple hopes alive, while moving Everton closer to their first relegation in 71 years.
After 62 minutes of tenacious resistance from the visitors, Andy Robertson’s second goal of the season provided the crucial breakthrough.

With his sixth goal in nine cross-city encounters, Divock Origi added to his derby legacy.

Everton proved they can be organized and come back, which was far from the humiliation many predicted — and Toffees fans feared.

The chasm in class, though, was something manager Frank Lampard could not reconcile.

Liverpool’s lead over Manchester City in the English Premier League (EPL) has shrunk to one point, while their near neighbors are now two points from safety in the bottom three.

Everton’s strategy was obvious right from the start.

The goal was to get behind the ball in a 4-5-1 formation, chew up as much time as possible during restarts, and annoy their opponents.

It could have been a strategy inspired by Lampard’s former manager Jose Mourinho, who memorably came here with Chelsea in 2014 to disrupt a Reds title bid.

Richarlison spent a lot of time on the floor and required a lot of treatment time.

Jordan Pickford, the goalkeeper who sank to the ground like a tired marathon runner every time he picked up the ball in two hands, got the brunt of the wrath from Anfield.

“We weren’t at our best in the first half and started playing their game instead of focusing on our own,” Robertson said.

“We had to concentrate on our own game, playing football and being patient… we created chances and improved our second-half management.” Patience was essential.”

Everton, however, had the better chances early in the second half, with Gordon and Alex Iwobi both shooting wide.

Just before the hour, Liverpool brought on Luis Diaz and Origi.

Robertson was unmarked at the far post after combining with Mohamed Salah, who has made a habit of making his own personal derby history.

The deluge appeared to be about to begin.

That was with chances for Diaz and Salah, who volleyed over, before Demarai Gray whistled a shot past Alisson Becker’s right-hand post to signal the visitors weren’t finished yet.

Origi, who hasn’t played much this season, put the game away five minutes from time with a close-range header.

The celebrations continue at Anfield, with the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final against Villarreal taking place on Wednesday.

Everton’s task does not get any easier with Chelsea visiting Goodison Park this weekend.

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