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Liverpool's first-half goal bonanza leaves Toffees in sticky situation

Liverpool's first-half goal bonanza leaves Toffees in sticky situation

In one of the showpiece fixtures of the season under the lights at Anfield, the game lived up to its billing in an extraordinary first half which saw six goals scored.

Sadio Mane laid on two sublime assists for Divock Origi (6) and Xherdan Shaqiri (17) - who were both handed starts in place of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino - to put Liverpool in control.

Michael Keane (21) hit back for Everton but two more special Liverpool goals from Origi (31) and Mane (44) restored the three-goal cushion for just two minutes before Richarlison (45+2) made it 4-2 just before the break.

It is now 20 games unbeaten for Liverpool against Everton in all competitions and under-pressure Toffees boss Marco Silva now sees his team in the relegation zone after losing nine of their last 13 Premier League games.

Following the defeat Silva is on the brink of losing his job, according to Sky Sports News.

With a home game to come against Frank Lampard's Chelsea on Saturday, the atmosphere at Goodison Park could be toxic and it is likely majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri will not want to put Silva into that environment.

Player Ratings

Liverpool: Adrian (7), Alexander-Arnold (7), Van Dijk (7), Lovren (8), Robertson (8), Wijnaldum (8), Milner (7), Lallana (7), Mane (9), Origi (9), Shaqiri (8)

Subs: Henderson (7), Firmino (N/A), Gomez (N/A)

Everton: Pickford (5), Digne (5), Sidibe (5), Holgate (5), Keane (5), Mina (4), Davies (4), Sigurdsson (5), Iwobi (4), Richarlison (7), Calvert-Lewin (6)

Subs: Bernard (6), Kean (5)

Man of the match: Sadio Mane

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  • Klopp has won 100 of his 159 Premier League games, he is the second fastest manager to reach 100 wins in the competition, after Jose Mourinho (142 games). In fact, he is the fastest Liverpool manager to 100 wins in top-flight history.
  • Everton find themselves in the relegation zone after playing at least 15 Premier League matches for the first time since April 10th 1999 (after 32 games).
  • Silva is the first Everton manager to concede five league goals against Liverpool in a single match since Howard Kendall in November 1982 (0-5 against Bob Paisley's Liverpool).


What's next?

Next up for Liverpool is a visit to Bournemouth on Saturday followed by a trip to Red Bull Salzburg on Tuesday in the Champions League. Meanwhile, Everton host Chelsea on Saturday lunchtime.

Watch Alisson's brilliant assist to Mo Salah to seal Liverpool win

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Watch Alisson's brilliant assist to Mo Salah to seal Liverpool win

Mo Salah's 93rd-minute goal in a 2-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday at Anfield didn't mean much to the result. 

After all, the Reds were seconds away from a victory that moved the Premier League leaders 16 points clear (with a game in hand) of second-place Manchester City. But no goal signaled the league's futility in trying to stop Liverpool's march to history quite like Salah's 11th goal of this Premier League campaign. 

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker booted a ball from his box into Manchester United's half following a corner kick, with Salah yards clear of the Red Devils' last line of defense. Daniel James caught up to Salah, but the Egyptian striker fought of his challenge to cooly finish past United keeper David de Gea. 

Alisson sprinted upfield to celebrate with a shirtless Salah, and for good reason: His assist was the first by a Liverpool keeper in nearly a decade.

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With Sunday's result -- and, clearly, Liverpool's first Premier League title -- well in hand, the faithful at Anfield finally acknowledged their reality, singing "We're going to win the league" for the first time this season. 

Salah's stunner simply crystallized the inevitability of Liverpool's first top-flight title in 30 years. 

Liverpool-Manchester United live stream: Watch EPL game online, on TV

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Liverpool-Manchester United live stream: Watch EPL game online, on TV

Manchester United (9-7-6; 34 points) have European qualification on the line, but playing spoiler Sunday against rival Liverpool (20-1-0; 61 points) at Anfield might provide bigger motivation. 

The Reds are marching towards history, with their first Premier League title merely a formality at this point. United can end Liverpool's unbeaten run in the league -- and longer on at home -- by springing the upset Sunday, which would provide embattled Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a needed boost down the stretch. Winning Sunday would also cut fourth-place Chelsea's lead to just two points, with two sides set to square off in a month.

Liverpool should be up for it Sunday, as Manchester United are the only club to earn points at the Reds' expense this season. Jurgen Klopp's side will be motivated to avoid a repeat at Anfield. 

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Here's how to watch Sunday's Liverpool-Manchester United match online and on TV. 

When: Sunday, Jan. 19 at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. ET
TV: NBCSN
Online: NBC Sports