Night to forget for Toffees as Liverpool score four unanswered goals at Anfield

Night to forget for Toffees as Liverpool score four unanswered goals at Anfield
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Unfortunately, that's all we've got time for tonight. I've been Oliver Emmerson, until next time - goodbye!

Elsewhere tonight, West Ham 3-1 Watford and Manchester United beat Crystal Palace 2-0. Liverpool up to 7th whilst Everton remain in 11th, the Reds seven points off Manchester City in third, but with a game in hand.

Utter domination from the hosts, a sour night for Everton.

Full-time: Liverpool 4-0 Everton

90+7: Sturridge with Liverpool's 41st shot of the night - yes, 41 - saved.

90+5: Sakho once again has the crowd chanting his name, an inch perfect challenge on McCarthy inside the Everton area.

90+1: Into seven minutes of added time, as Robles makes another save - this time from a powerful Ibe effort.

86: Alberto Moreno looking to get his name on the scoresheet, striking just over from the edge of the area. Liverpool, for the record, have scored four goals in three consecutive home games. Stoke, Dortmund and now tonight.

81: What seems like 40 Liverpool passes in one move, gets ole'd everytime by the home fans before the ball eventually runs out of play. It's then that Liverpool make another change, Ibe for Milner.

76: Clyne down the right, inside to Allen who slips the ball across to Coutinho. He gets it out of his feet nicely on the edge of the area, going on to whip the ball into the bottom right hand corner.

GOAL! There's number four, Coutinho!

73: Liverpool's attackers are lining up to score, but they can't quite force in a fourth as another goalmouth scramble results in the ball sliding just wide. Still time for more goals, the chances of Everton getting just one to give the travelling support something to cheer seem unlikely.

69: Attack - defence here. Moreno has a long ranger beaten away, before a Coutinho-Sturridge one-two is well cut out by Lennon.

65: Liverpool going for the kill. Milner cross to Coutinho, the Brazilian's shot blocked away for a corner. Firmino off for Allen in Klopp's first substitution of the evening.

62: Stones now off the field, seemingly injured. Pienaar on for him. McCarthy and Besic now playing at centre-back.

61: Good interception from Lucas to take the ball in the centre from a John Stones pass, he sets up Sturridge and it's a brilliant finish from the striker.

GOAL! Sturridge scores this time, 3-0 Liverpool!

60: Sturridge turns a defender and sends a shot towards the top corner, but Robles is a tall 'keeper and he catches without much trouble.

58: Ross Barkley taken off, and neither he nor the Everton fans are happy with that. Cleverley on, Martinez waving the white flag?

54: Origi off on the stretcher, holding his hands over his face. Sturridge on.

52: Divock Origi's still down, with a stretcher called for. The tackle gets worse each time you look at it, and the Belgian could be badly injured here. It's very unlikely that he'll carry on.

50: Stupid from Everton's centre-back. He puts a bad tackle in on Origi, and then kicks the ball away in frustration. Originally it looks like it could be two yellows, one for the tackle and one for the kicking of the ball, but replays show it's a straight red for a horrible stamp on the Belgian. 

RED CARD! Funes Mori sent off!

45: Kick-off in the second half.

Change for Everton at the break, Barry off for Besic in the centre of midfield. Not yet known whether that's tactical or due to an injury.

Everton did threaten on the counter-attack, and had chances to create opportunities to go ahead, but will be thankful for Robles as he kept them in the game when the likes of Lallana and Firmino had chances. Second half coming up.

Two goals in the minutes leading up to the break will really hurt Everton, and they'll struggle to come back from here. Delight for Liverpool, who have been the better team.

Half-time: Liverpool 2-0 Everton

45+2: Everton fail to clear a corner, Milner again brilliant as he gets down the byline, crossing for Sakho who thumps a header into the net from inside the six yard box. Liverpool at the double, and that's half-time.

GOAL! Sakho for Liverpool!!!

43: Liverpool have been the better team, and they've got the goal they deserved. Divock Origi heads in at the Kop End, giving Robles no chance by converting a Milner cross at the back post.

GOAL! Divock Origi scores again!

42: Aaron Lennon gets the second yellow card of the game, fouling Milner, the man who picked up the first.

36: Ross Barkley looking to surge into the Liverpool area, only for an Alberto Moreno tackle to poke the ball out for a corner. Wasted by the Blues.

32: Some fantastic defending, and follow up attacking, from Sakho helps Liverpool get forward, Lallana having a shot saved before an eventual corner comes to nothing.

30: Another good chance for the home side, Robles once again to the rescue in the Everton goal. Firmino through on goal after a lofted pass from Milner, but it's a tight angle and the Spanish 'keeper saves with his feet.

27: Free-kick 25 yards out for Liverpool, a touch to the right. Coutinho takes and attempts to wrong-foot Robles, but the ball flies just wide.

24: Adam Lallana could have had two goals already! Clyne sends a fast ball into the box which meets the midfielder, his header flying just around the post.

23: Top challenge! Lukaku spins and turns into the penalty area, running at Mignolet's near post, but a brilliant tackle from Sakho stops him in his tracks.

21: Coutinho's always a danger from range, and he has his first shot of the night from the centre. Just over the top left hand corner.

19: You feel like a first goal could come at any time here. Neither side looks all that strong at the back, with each attack looking lively. Mirallas nutmegs Lovren to cut inside from the left, only to smash the ball wide.

12: Everton counter-attacking. Sakho gets an interception on Mirallas' attempted pass to Lukaku, but the ball escapes the Frenchman, allowing Mirallas a shot at goal. Over the bar.

8: First yellow card of the night for Milner, and it's early. He's punished for a foul on Baines.

6: Huge chance wasted! Coutinho's through ball leaves Lallana onside and through on goal, but his shot is saved by Robles. Lallana could, and should, have passed though - Roberto Firmino was 10 yards to his left waiting for a tap in.

3: Fast paced start to the game, as you'd expect. Coutinho wins a free-kick in a dangerous area, which Liverpool fail to profit from, with an Adam Lallana challenge winning the ball from Lennon as Everton try to break up the other end.

0: Kick-off, we're underway!

The teams are out, You'll Never Walk Alone is playing - the Merseyside Derby is about to get underway!

Just 10 minutes until kick-off now! Send your predictions into @VAVEL on Twitter. The majority seem to be leaning towards Liverpool, but you never know in a derby.

Roberto Martinez has picked a strong team for Everton, with Romelu Lukaku keen to extend his impressive scoring record against the Reds. Bryan Oviedo starts at right-back, in the middle of a defensive injury crisis for the Blues.

So, the big team news for Liverpool is that Daniel Sturridge doesn't start, Divock Origi given the nod up front. It's not a huge surprise, both are in great form and it was Sturridge who started against Bournemouth on Sunday. No place in the team for Joe Allen, Milner and Lucas start in central midfield.

Everton substitutes: Howard, Besic, Cleverley, Osman, Pienaar, Deulofeu, Niasse.

Everton XI: Robles, Baines, Funes Mori, Stones, Oviedo, Barry, McCarthy, Mirallas, Barkley, Lennon, Lukaku.

Liverpool substitutes: Ward, Toure, Smith, Stewart, Allen, Ibe, Sturridge.

Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno, Lucas, Milner, Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino, Sturridge.

We've got the all important team news in!

This is Jurgen Klopp's first Merseyside Derby since taking over as Liverpool manager, with Brendan Rodgers' last game having been this fixture, before he was sacked earlier on in the season. The two teams shared the spoils at Goodison Park, drawing 1-1 after Romelu Lukaku cancelled out Danny Ings' opening goal, just minutes after it was scored.

Everton, on the other hand, are out of form hugely and haven't won any of their last six league games, losing and drawing three apiece. It'd be six in a row in all competitions had they not beaten Chelsea 2-0 in the FA Cup, a competition which now seems to be their priority. It'll be interesting to see whether or not Saturday's cup semi-final with Manchester United plays a part in Martinez's team selection tonight. He faces the decision as whether or not to rest players. You don't want to lose any key men days before the biggest game of your season, however nor do you want to enter that game having been defeated by your biggest rivals just days previously.

Dejan Lovren heads in against Dortmund (photo: Reuters)
Dejan Lovren heads in against Dortmund (photo: Reuters)

But how about the recent form of each team? Liverpool are on a huge high at the moment, having won three games on the bounce. After holding second placed Tottenham Hotspur to a 1-1 draw at Anfield, they've beaten Stoke City 4-1 and AFC Bournemouth 2-1 home and away respectively. It's their European form which has really got people motivated though, with a 1-1 draw against Borussia Dortmund before the Stoke game followed up by a dramatic 4-3 win last Thursday at Anfield, ensuring that the Reds entered the Europa League semi-finals via a 5-4 aggregate win. 

Given the talent at Roberto Martinez's disposal, Everton fans will be feeling fairly glum about currently sitting 11th in the league. They've flattered to deceive for much of the campaign, which explains their mid-table placing. They could be as high as 10th or as low as 13th depending on results elsewhere this evening.

Liverpool have been consistently inconsistent in the league, which pretty much explains their current position of eighth. However, they do have games in hand over all of the teams above them, which would move them up to six should they win them. Three points tonight would definitely move them ahead of Southampton into seventh, but going ahead of West Ham United would depend on the Hammers' result against Watford.

So, it's the 226th Merseyside Derby - Liverpool and Everton meeting with both sets of fans in contrasting spirits going into this one. More on that soon, as we look at the recent form of each team. But first, let's look at where they're sitting in the league. 

Good evening everyone, and welcome to VAVEL UK's live minute-by-minute commentary of tonight's Merseyside Derby. Liverpool and Everton are of course your teams, with the pair set to kick-off at Anfield at 8PM British time. Stick with us until then though, as we get team news and more ahead of what proves to be an exciting game.