20 Dec 2016

Liverpool win Merseyside derby

11:52 am on 20 December 2016

Liverpool climbed into second place in the English Premier League by beating Everton 1-0 in the Merseyside derby after Sadio Mane scored four minutes into stoppage time at Goodison Park.

Liverpool player Sadio Mane.

Liverpool player Sadio Mane. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The result pushed Juergen Klopp's side within six points of leaders Chelsea who won 1-0 at Crystal Palace on Sunday.

In a match with few chances, Everton lost goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg to injury after an hour and understudy Joel Robles made a fine, diving save from Roberto Firmino with 10 minutes to go.

Stekelenburg also denied Firmino in the 50th minute as Liverpool dominated.

Everton have now gone 12 derbies without a win, and 20 with only one.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said.

"I can't remember one chance for Everton. The plan of Everton was wild football. They were chasing us everywhere, it is really difficult to play against this.

"We couldn't handle it at first. We will be better at reacting against this in a few months," added Klopp.

"We were much better in the second half, we could have scored earlier. If you only win games when you are brilliant you won't win many games, it was a battle and we were ready for it."

"We are really disappointed to concede in extra time," said Everton manager Ronald Koeman. "The eight minutes killed us.

Everton's defeat left them ninth in the table with 23 points from 17 matches.