Frank Lampard may not know what he is doing as a manager, or he may be plagued with the largest collection of inappropriately worn parts, but he is aware be history. It was eight years ago, almost to the day, when Lampard’s Chelsea appeared at Anfield to beat a title-chasing Liverpool. In true Jose Mourinho style, Chelsea parked their bus, team charter and possibly shuttle in front of their goal, starting to waste time from the start by taking endless free-kicks and kicks. score goals, and are also assholes and nasty in ways you don’t see from the outside of a high-end coffee shop. It worked, as Steven Gerrard fell on his ass just before half-time and Liverpool’s title dream was right next to him on the ground.
So that’s what Lampard asked his Everton side to do today when they arrived at Anfield. The No 10 bank just outside their box at the end of April in blue has certainly caused some unsettling flashbacks for Liverpool supporters (or at least this one). Not only was the bus securely parked, but the antics were scaled up to 11. Everton’s players were diving all over the place, waiting for multiple free kicks and turning any minor dispute into one. full Lincoln-Douglas debate in the clear presence of Stuart. Okay.
The performance that most admired the Anfield crowd was that of Jordan Pickford, who, every time his hand touched the ball, fell to the ground to grab it in a style you only see in the dying minutes of a game. with the team clinging to a slim lead or someone having their controller turned off. It certainly didn’t belong in the 11th minute of the 0-0 game. Here is a typical example:
But while Chelsea’s 2014 side still had great players, and Mourinho was still in his prime (which turned out to be, in the end), this Everton team was still filled with kids. wayward. So their resistance waned in the second half, just around the time that Everton’s legendary killer (and one of the weirdest cult hero Divock Origi) into action. Andy Robertson headed home to close a move created by Origi and Mo Salah, and then Origi scored his own header after five minutes of play.
Comfortable with a 2-0 lead and surviving a karaoke match at Everton’s Atletico Madrid, Alisson thought it was time to play a classic in second-half injury time:
The ultimate thumbs down on an opponent whose only hope of winning anything in a matchup with their biggest and local rival is to be as low as tactically possible, and yet unreal. the all-inclusiveness. To the extent that the Liverpool keeper can pull off a joke at the end of the game, it’s the epitome of “keep it up, kid.”
Comedy can be victory.