Mo Salah seals Liverpool win over 10-man Everton after derby controversy - 5 talking points


Liverpool moved back to the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win over 10-man Everton in the Merseyside derby.

Jurgen Klopp's side had to work hard for all three points after Everton started the match brightly at Anfield. Dominic Calvert-Lewin missed a golden chance to put the Toffees in front within the opening minute, heading wide following an excellent cross from Dwight McNeil.

But Everton's game plan was thrown out of the window just before half-time when Ashley Young was sent off for two bookable offences. Despite that, Liverpool struggled to break the Toffees down, up until the 75th minute when Mohamed Salah slammed the ball home from the penalty spot.

As Everton pushed for an equaliser late on, it left space on the counter-attack for Liverpool to run into - and that is how Klopp's men wrapped up the victory as Salah struck his second. Here are five talking points from the match.

Just as Liverpool were struggling to break down a deep, solid Everton low block, Klopp's men were gifted an opportunity to take the lead from the penalty spot. Initially, referee Craig Pawson gave a corner after Diaz's cross hit the outstretched arm of Michael Keane. However, following a VAR recommendation, Pawson went over to the pitch-side monitor and overruled his initial decision.

Salah stepped up from the spot and emphatically slotted his penalty into the bottom corner, leaving Jordan Pickford with little chance. The Egyptian added his second of the match late on with a clinical finish, slotting the ball home to finish off a lightening counter-attack. This was also Salah's fourth goal in two matches after he struck a brace against Brighton before the international break.

The most notable moment of the first-half came when Young was shown his marching orders. The 38-year-old was handed his first yellow card in the 18th minute for a late challenge on Luis Diaz.

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