After the depressing performance at Sunderland, where "Liverpool did not turn up" according to our captain this was exactly the tonic the players, staff and supporters needed. To win any game 3-0 at home was a welcome sight but to batter our neighbors from start to finish, capped up by a fantastic hatrick by one of our greatest ever players made it even sweeter.
After the depressing performance at Sunderland, where "Liverpool did not turn up" according to our captain mthis was exactly the tonic the players, staff and supporters needed. To win any game 3-0 at home was a welcome sight but to batter our neighbors from start to finish, capped up by a fantastic hatrick by one of our greatest ever players made it even sweeter.
I dont' buy this Everton played a depleted squad. Their back 4 was very solid along with many other regulars. You can only beat what is in front of you and Liverpool did that with only a moment of two of concern. We forced Everton into punting the ball long to no one and when they did the impressive Terminator was on hand to head the danger away. We didn't have a bad performer on the night. Of course all the attention will be on Gerrard but I thought Spearing was excellent in the middle of the park. He only gave the ball away once all day. Everyone did well. from the rampaging Kelly, who could and perhaps should have scored a hatrick himself to the trickery of Suarez. Carroll even looked up for it and won every ball he jumped for. Providing some of his best work at the defensive side clearing corners that Everton had.
The tactics were also much better as was the balance in the team. With Spearing and Gerrard in the middle we had both a player who understands that his role is close players and down and distribute quickly. Gerrard was given license to roam (in saying that he also tackled very well). Henderson was still played out of position and it showed in the first 20 minutes. I can't really recall a player having such an awful start to a derby game but had a big hand in our first two goals. Give Henderson credit as he didn't hide from his woeful start. He wanted the ball more and more and was quite instrumental as the game wore on.
I also thought Downing was better. He still didn't quite do enough in the final third but he kept Everton on his toes all day and his link up play with the improved Enrique was much better.
A final word, I thought the ref was excellent. He let the game go and it was a fair clean game.I thought he missed an obvious foul when Suarez pushed an Everton player and we won a corner, another one when Spearing was close-lined and finally a ridiculous decision when Enrique was booked at the end of the match. Enrique did nothing wrong but other then those small decisions he put in a very good performance.