Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Liverpool gets break in Merseyside showdown
by Paul Kennedy, November 30th, 2009 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[DERBY DAY] For a change, luck was on Liverpool's side, and the Reds used it to brush aside Merseyside rival Everton, 2-0, on Sunday. The  Toffees controlled play for most of the match but lost for the third straight game, leaving them only three points out of the relegation zone.

The game's turning point came in the 12th minute when Javier Mascherano's shot from 25 yards took a deflection off Nigerian defender Joseph Yobo and beat American Tim Howard to give the Reds the lead.

"The deflected goal took the sting out of us," said Everton manager David Moyes. "I don't know how many times Liverpool had been in our half up to that point but it wasn't many. I thought the players reacted great. They kept going and I thought in the main we kept Liverpool quiet. The game was tight and we, in the main, were trying to set the tone and make it difficult for them."

Everton had its chances, but Russian Diniyar Bilyaletdinov missed twice, and Liverpool goalie Pepe Reina did well to stop Tim Cahill and Marouane Fellaini.

With 10 minutes to play, Liverpool put the game away when Dirk Kuyt scored on a rebound after Howard parried Albert Riera's shot. Yobo was to blame for the goal, failing to clear a ball that Steven Gerrard picked up and fed to Riera.

The win, which came just five days after Liverpool was knocked out of the UEFA Champions League, was comfort to Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez.

"It was a clearly a difficult game from the beginning," said Benitez. "They were playing a direct and also a set-pieces game. It was very difficult to control that because they are strong in the air but we showed character and were trying to play counterattack -- sometimes with good possession, sometimes not so good."

 



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Jones and Vanney are pivotal figures for midweek matches    
[MLS PREVIEW: Week 26] Two vital Eastern Conference games and a seemingly cushy road date for ...
Czech Republic-USA Gameday Guide    
[INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY] The USA kicks off a new era when it faces the Czech Republic Wednesday ...
Four international friendlies to watch    
[DATEBOOK] FIFA has scrapped the August friendly, but international action returns early in September with games ...
Top scorer Gallardo joins residency program    
[USA UNDER-17 MEN] There are plenty of changes in the U.S. under-17 residency program as nine ...
Trio joins team at Buenos Aires training camp    
[USA UNDER-20 MEN] U.S. under-20 men's national team head coach Tab Ramos brought in Columbus Crew ...
Scorpions unveil plans for Toyota Field expansion    
[MLS EXPANSION] The NASL's San Antonio Scorpions released plans for doubling the capacity of Toyota Field, ...
Keane nutmegs and scores with sweet chip    
[VIDEO PICK: MLS Goals of the Week] Robbie Keane nutmegged a defender then chipped the goalkeeper ...
What They're Saying: Jurgen Klinsmann    
"Canada, Honduras, Costa Rica, Mexico, whoever plays in MLS, the foreign guys, they all go. But ...
What They're Saying: Jurgen Klinsmann    
"That he's made some statements that he's not content, sees it differently, that's legitimate and that's ...
Regional championship kicks off in Washington    
[COPA CENTROAMERICANA] Such is the drawing power of Central American teams that Uncaf, the governing body ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives