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January 28, 2014 8:00 PM GMT
Anfield — Liverpool
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
Attendance:‬ 44450‎
 
 
 
 
50′ Luis Suárez
 
Top of the Match
Luis Suárez
Luis Suárez
Liverpool
Luis Suárez
Luis Suárez
Liverpool
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Phil Jagielka
Phil Jagielka
Everton
Phil Jagielka
Phil Jagielka
Everton

Liverpool 4-0 Everton: Sturridge and Suarez star for rampant Reds

Steven Gerrard opened the scoring before a two goals from the England striker put the result beyond doubt before half-time as the visitors slip four points off fourth place

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Daniel Sturridge scored a quickfire double as Liverpool claimed Merseyside bragging rights with a 4-0 thrashing of Everton at Anfield.

In a thoroughly one-sided local derby, home captain Steven Gerrard set the ball rolling when he headed his sixth goal of the season before in-form Sturridge struck twice in as many first-half minutes to take his tally to six goals in his last five games and 16 for the season.

VIEW FROM ANFIELD
By Gary Maiden

A Daniel Sturridge double and goals from Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez put Everton to the sword in a surprisingly comfortable victory for Liverpool at Anfield.

Brendan Rodgers’ forward line had too much class for a makeshift Everton defence and, in reality, it could have been more as the visitors simply failed to cope.

The win puts Liverpool in a commanding position in the race for Champions League football, with Tottenham hosting free scoring Manchester City on Wednesday evening.

It will take the Everton faithful a long time to forget this result but Roberto Martinez must find a way to regain some confidence into his wounded squad as they try and claw back the four-point deficit on their city rivals.
Everton also lost Romelu Lukaku to injury in the first half, and they endured more misery after the break when Luis Suarez got in on the act with his 23rd goal of the campaign.

However, it was Sturridge who stole the show - with the England forward spurning a golden opportunity for his hat-trick in the second half as he blazed a penalty into the Kop.

Everton had no answer to their city rivals and never looked like securing their first win at Anfield since 1999 as Liverpool moved four points ahead of them to enhance their chances of securing at top-four finish in the Premier League.

The return of Everton trio Ross Barkley, Steven Pienaar and Antolin Alcaraz softened the blow of losing Bryan Oviedo (double leg fracture) for the visitors, while Phil Jagielka was also passed fit after picking up a knock at Stevenage on Saturday.

Jon Flanagan was preferred to Martin Kelly in the Liverpool starting line-up, with Simon Mignolet and Raheem Sterling also returning.

Barkley looked like he had never been away when he rounded off a swift break with a venomous left-footed strike from outside the penalty area that flashed just over the crossbar early on.

Liverpool soon got the upper hand, though, as Tim Howard denied Suarez and Jordan Henderson before Sterling raced onto Sturridge's incisive throughball but failed to beat the United States goalkeeper 17 minutes in.

It came as no surprise when Gerrard rose highest to head in Suarez's corner four minutes later to give Liverpool a deserved lead, and to make matters worse for the visitors, Lukaku suffered an injury which ended his participation in the game.

Everton were then stunned by two goals in as many minutes from Sturridge, as first the England striker raced onto Philippe Coutinho's fine pass and finished clinically with his left foot in the 34th minute.

Roberto Martinez's side were caught out again almost instantly by Kolo Toure's ball over the top and Sturridge made them pay by beating Howard with a sublime lob.

Leon Osman replaced Pienaar at the break and took just three minutes to make an impact as he forced Mignolet into a reflex save.

Liverpool looked dangerous every time they came forward and Suarez put them out of sight after 50 minutes when he raced clear and calmly placed the ball beyond Howard.

Sturridge had a golden opportunity to complete his hat-trick three minutes later, but he put a penalty into the Kop after Howard had upended Sterling in the area.

Everton showed some spirit and Barkley forced a save out of Mignolet late on, before Sturridge wasted another great chance when he tried to be too clever after Coutinho had played him through on goal.


Liverpool

22
Simon Mignolet
Goalkeeper
3.00
4
Kolo Toure
Defender
35′
3.00
20
Aly Cissokho
Defender
3.00
37
Martin Skrtel
Defender
3.50
38
Jon Flanagan
Defender
73′
4.00
8
Steven Gerrard
Midfielder
21′
4.00
10
Coutinho
Midfielder
33′ 79′
3.50
14
Jordan Henderson
Midfielder
3.00
31
Raheem Sterling
Midfielder
4.00
7
Luis Suárez
Striker
21′ 50′
4.00
15
4.00

Everton

2.50
24
Tim Howard
Goalkeeper
2.50
3
2.00
6
2.50
26
John Stones
Defender
2.00
32
2.50
16
James McCarthy
Midfielder
2.50
18
Gareth Barry
Midfielder
47′
3.00
20
Ross Barkley
Midfielder
76′
2.00
22
Steven Pienaar
Midfielder
38′ 46′
3.00
11
2.50
17

Substitutes

1
Bradley Jones
Goalkeeper
 - 
34
2.50
44
 - 
12
Victor Moses
Midfielder
71′
2.50
33
Jordon Ibe
Midfielder
 - 
6
Luis Alberto
Midfielder
79′
2.50
9
Iago Aspas
Striker
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
1
Joel
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
 - 
29
2.50
7
Aiden McGeady
Midfielder
76′
2.50
21
Leon Osman
Midfielder
46′
2.50
14
 - 
19

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Manchester United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0