With international football out of the way, action returned to the Premier League and to domestic football with a big one in Liverpool versus Everton. Sadio Mane scored the opener for Liverpool within the first 10 minutes and then Everton equalised with home talent Matthew Pennington. However, Everton’s joy was broken three minutes later by a Philippe Coutinho curler into the right top corner. Mane went off injured with an ankle issue and his replacement, Divock Origi was on the end of Coutinho’s pass to slot home another. This extended Liverpool’s run of wins at Anfield over Everton to over 18 years and 13 consecutive games.
Liverpool vs Everton score and updates:
1851 hrs IST: FULL TIME! Liverpool move to third after the 3-1 win over Everton. Goals from Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi for Liverpool and Matthew Pennington for Everton.
1848 hrs IST: Approaching full time now. Four minutes added on at Anfield. Long shot for Everton to get back in it now. Voices of the Liverpool faithful rise. The famous “You Never Walk Alone” rings around Anfield and it has been a good show today.
1839 hrs IST: Chances have died down now. Liverpool happy to keep the ball and keep Everton pegged back. Doing well to maintain that strategy
1832 hrs IST: And Arnold scores almost with his first touch. Can pulls the ball back for the full-back but it is a bit behind. Tries to put it in the top left corner but it is saved away by Robles
1828 hrs IST: Big round of applause as Coutinho comes off. He’s had a busy week – travelled to South America and then played for Brazil. Back and started for Liverpool. Scored and provided an assist. Earned his big bucks. Alexander-Arnold comes in as a replacement
1823 hrs IST: Double change it is for Everton. Davies is replaced by Valencia, while Barry comes on for the goalscorer Pennington.
1820 hrs IST: Everton readying a change. Or two? Can is okay to continue.
1818 hrs IST: Can looks in distress as physio comes out to tend to him. Problem with his left knee. Stretcher ready if required too. Collides with Williams who lost control of the ball and both players slid in for it. Booking for the Everton player
1815 hrs IST: GOAL! Coutinho once again with quick feet to bisect the Everton defence but the Toffees would rue allowing Origi too much space to allow the ball to come around him and score comfortably to make it 3-1.
1811 hrs IST: Sadio Mane went on for a challenge on Baines. Looked to have twisted his ankle. Tried to brush it off, got treatment for it but looks unlikely to continue. Yep. He walks straight down the tunnel. Origi replaces Sadio Mane
1808 hrs IST: Wijnaldum is cool as you like. Ball comes jumping in towards the Liverpool half after attack breaks down at the other half. Lukaku tries to attack but the Liverpool defender smartly gets his body in the way and helps the ball move into Mignolet’s hands
1804 hrs IST: Can moves down the left, drops the shoulder and cuts inside, moves a bit more towards the goal and shoots. Blocked by Williams. Falls to Coutinho for a second before a blue short robs him off it.
1800 hrs IST: Players take the pitch for the start to the second half. Liverpool get the second half underway. The Reds attacking the Kop end – the way they prefer.
1746 hrs IST: HALF TIME! At the break, Liverpool lead 2-1 against Everton. Sadio Mane scored in the eighth minute. Young Everton player Matthew Pennington – making his debut this season – equalised but Coutinho restored lead within two minutes.
1744 hrs IST: Two minutes added on as Coutinho’s movement into the box, once again cutting in and moving from the left but it is blocked this time. He’s making plenty of forays forward and dazzling – as always – with quick feet.
1741 hrs IST: Approaching half time and what a heated first half it has been. An early goal, two quick goals, feisty challenges here and there, celebrations in front of the Kop by an Evertonian and lots of near chances.
1737 hrs IST: Barkley is booked for a challenge on Lovren. A late challenge as he loses control of the ball and strides forward. Catches the bottom of the left foot of Lovren. Bit lucky that’s not red!
1730 hrs IST: GOAL! Another piece of individual brilliance from a Liverpool player. Two minutes after Everton scored, Coutinho restores Reds’ lead. Dances and moves forward, cuts inside a touch before the box and curls it into the right hand corner. Lovely and sweet strike that!
1726 hrs IST: Everton equalise! Leighton Banes with the corner, multiple Everton shirts attack it and in the end Matthew Pennington slots it home. What a return from reserve football and first appearance in Merseyside derby. Jagielka with the first connection the corner, chance for Calvert-Lewin to score but he misses. Pennington is the hero! Celebrates in front of the Kop!
1723 hrs IST: Leighton Banes has a free kick opportunity and it is in his territory. But the left footed effort is rammed into the wall. 25 minutes played and Liverpool lead 1-0
1717 hrs IST: Coutinho with sublime skills to cut in from the left, past two Everton defenders, gets a shot on target which is parried and as it goes towards the goal, Jagielka is on hand to head it away. Liverpool growing as game goes along
1706 hrs IST: SADIO MANE SCORES FOR LIVERPOOL! Surging run after riding on a challenge, sees three Everton bodies in front of him inside the box and gets a left footed shot across the goal and no chance for Robles. Liverpool lead in just the 9th minute!
1704 hrs IST: Some early intensity as Can and Barkley come together near the half way mark. Referee comes out and sorts things down. Feisty start as expected
1700 hrs IST: KICK OFF! And we’re underway at the iconic Anfield. Hard to find an empty seat inside the ground. Traditional colours for both sides – red for Liverpool, blue for Everton
1645 hrs IST: Everton boss Ronald Koeman: “Three at the back is the best way to press Liverpool. We need an offensive mentality today”
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: “It’s a derby and you need to be ready for a real fight so it makes sense to bring in a guy like Lucas”
1635 hrs IST: Pretty young lineup for Everton. Matthew Pennington, at 22, playing his first senior appearance since May and first Merseyside derby appearance. What a game to come back for!
1623 hrs IST: Lukaku will pose a big threat to Liverpool defence and goal. He’s produced the goods already and should have been the first name on Koeman’s team list
1622 hrs IST: TEAMS:
Liverpool XI: Mignolet; Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner; Lucas, Can, Wijnaldum; Mane, Firmino, Coutinho
Everton XI: Robles; Williams, Jagielka, Pennington; Holgate, Gueye, Davies, Baines; Barkley, Calvert-Lewin; Lukaku
1615 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog for Liverpool vs Everton. Good bye international break, welcome back league football! And what blockbuster way to restart things. Everton wish to break their poor run at Anfield while Liverpool will try and surge despite notable absentees.