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Liverpool’s Premier League ambitions are destroyed as they lose against Everton

Apr 25, 2024 | Sports | 0 comments

Everton clinched their first victory in a Merseyside derby at Goodison Park since 2010, dealing a severe blow to Liverpool’s hopes of clinching the Premier League title with a 2-0 win on Wednesday.

The defeat leaves Jurgen Klopp’s side trailing league leaders Arsenal by three points and holding only a one-point lead over defending champions Manchester City, who have two games in hand.

Goals from Jarrad Branthwaite and Dominic Calvert-Lewin propelled Everton eight points clear of the relegation zone, solidifying their position in the English top flight despite facing an eight-point deduction for breaching financial regulations.

Klopp, who had remained undefeated in his previous eight visits to Goodison Park, suffered a bitter defeat in his final Merseyside derby before departing.

Reports suggest that Feyenoord manager Arne Slot is being considered as Klopp’s successor. Liverpool’s recent performances have exposed vulnerabilities that need addressing ahead of a crucial summer for the club.

Liverpool’s form has been inconsistent, with just one win in their last four league games, coupled with exits from both the FA Cup and Europa League in recent weeks.

Despite making six changes to the lineup following a victory over Fulham, Klopp’s side could have responded more effectively, with slow starts becoming a recurring issue.

Meanwhile, buoyed by their weekend win over Nottingham Forest, Everton demonstrated a stark improvement, contrasting with their previous struggles during a 13-game winless streak in the Premier League.

The opener came in the 27th minute through Jarrad Branthwaite, who, despite Alisson Becker’s efforts, capitalized on a mishit by Alexis Mac Allister.

Liverpool pressed forward after conceding, but Everton extended their lead just before the hour mark, with Calvert-Lewin heading home Dwight McNeil’s corner.

Although Liverpool dominated possession in the second half, they failed to capitalize on their chances, with Mohamed Salah needing more opportunities.

As the final whistle blew, it was Klopp who appeared crestfallen, facing the prospect of departing Anfield with just one Premier League title to his name.

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