Player ratings as Reds close gap on Man City with derby victory

Liverpool closed the gap on Premier League leaders Manchester City to a single point with second-half goals from Andrew Robertson and Divock Origi securing a 2-0 win in the Merseyside derby.

The result ensures that Everton remain in the relegation zone courtesy of Burnley’s victory over Wolves earlier in the day. Despite this, the Toffees’ performance was spirited, with Frank Lampard’s side frustrating their superior opposition for an hour, before Liverpool’s quality shone through.

The early stages of the game were dominated by a running battle between Anthony Gordon and Trent Alexander-Arnold. The Everton man got the better of his opposite number eleven or twice and might have been awarded a penalty when he tangled with the Liverpool full-back.

Referee Stuart Attwell was unmoved however, and a few minutes he brandished Gordon with a yellow card for simulation.

This saga was probably the most interesting thing about the first half, with goalmouth action at a premium due to Everton sitting deep and soaking up pressure. Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah both spurned half-chances for the hosts while Abdoulaye Doucoure had the best opportunity before the break, guiding an effort past the far post.

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