By Jack Cunningham

2nd Dec, 2021 | 4:10pm

Goodison Tactics: What went wrong for Everton against Liverpool?

Everton were thrashed 4-1 by Liverpool in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park on Thursday night.

It was an awful display from start to finish by Rafael Benitez’s side, and the fans expressed their frustrations at the end of the game.

It was always going to be tough for the Toffees, but they made everything so easy for the Reds, and things look rather bleak now [Sky Sports YouTube].

After an awful run of form, the Toffees find themselves just five points above the relegation zone.

Here we look at all four goals and assess what went wrong for the Toffees against their inner-city rivals.

Sadio Mane has the ball on the left. Andrew Robertson has made an run in behind Seamus Coleman. Jordan Henderson is totally free. Allan has no idea where Henderson is.
Robertson pulls the ball back to the edge of the area. Allan realises he is in trouble. Henderson bends his shot into the net first time.

This goal had been coming after Liverpool dominated the opening exchanges.

However, Allan has to do better. At no point did he know where Henderson was until it was too late.

Everton lose the ball in Liverpool’s half. Henderson threads a ball through for Mohamed Salah.
Salah takes one touch to steady himself and then bends a shot into the far corner. Jordan Pickford is too far off his line and makes it easy for Salah.

The pass by Henderson was fantastic; however, Pickford gets caught and if he had stayed on his line longer, he might have narrowed Salah’s angle.

Instead, he made the Egyptian go for the far corner and he found it with ease.

Demarai Gray plays a loose pass back towards Coleman.
Coleman takes an awful touch and Salah pounces.
Salah runs through and rolls a shot past Pickford. You could argue the England goalkeeper has to get down quicker.

This was probably the worst goal from Everton’s point of view as it was just a series of mistakes.

Gray’s pass wasn’t great but Coleman should still have done better with his touch. Pickford also didn’t cover himself in glory and could have made the save.

Robertson slides the ball into Diogo Jota. Allan’s body position is all wrong.
Jota spins and lashes his shot into the roof of the net from an impossible angle. Pickford pretty much ducks out of the way.

This was a great finish, but Allan made it too easy for the Liverpool forward, and Pickford’s efforts to make the save were pretty pathetic.

So there you have it; not pretty viewing for Toffees fans, and it is hard to see how they get out of this current run of form.

Next up is Arsenal on Monday night, and that is a must-win.

In other Everton news, Gray has his say on Benitez’s future.

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