Divock Origi leads Liverpool feast to raise pressure on Everton’s Silva squib

Bragging rights barely covers the latest rewards for Liverpool from the Merseyside derby. Victory in the 234th episode protected their eight-point lead at the Premier League summit, extended their unbeaten league run to a club-record 32 games and brought Jürgen Klopp his 100th league win as Liverpool manager. It is also likely to herald another period of expensive upheaval for distressed neighbours Everton.

Marco Silva’s defence unravelled at Anfield as Everton’s search for a derby win at Liverpool entered its 21st year. His hold on the Everton manager’s job may follow suit after an eighth defeat in 11 Premier League matches. The local rivals produced a frenetic first half featuring six goals – including two for Divock Origi as he reprised his role as Liverpool derby hero – chaotic defending and further evidence of the widening chasm between the two clubs. Klopp’s team have their sights set firmly on a first league title in 30 years. Everton are facing a fight for survival that extends beyond their manager’s position. They were swept aside by a Liverpool team minus several of its main assets.

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