Everton’s Ross Barkley and Liverpool’s Emre Can vie for the ball during their English Premier League match at Anfield on Saturday. (EPA Photo)
LIVERPOOL: Liverpool further improved their chances of a top-four Premier League finish with a 3-1 derby victory over Everton at Anfield on Saturday.
The victory lifts Liverpool into second place, even with Tottenham Hotspur, pending the outcome of Spurs’ match at Burnley later on Saturday. Everton remain in seventh place with 50 points.
The result also made Jurgen Klopp the first Liverpool manager to win his first three Merseyside derbies in the Premier League.
Liverpool entered Saturday’s match unbeaten in their last 12 encounters (five wins and seven draws) with Everton.
However elation over the victory was tempered by concern about an injury to Sadio Mane, who earlier scored the first goal of the match. The Senegalese forward’s left leg buckled beneath him as he attempted to block a clearance from Everton’s Leighton Baines shortly before the hour mark.
After receiving treatment, he collapsed to the ground as he limped toward the touchline. Divock Origi came on in his place.
Mane, 24, joined Liverpool from Southampton for a reported fee of 34 million pounds last June and has been one of their standout performers this season.
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