Alan Shearer delivers verdict on Liverpool victory v Everton, 23-year-old was bullied
By Will Butcher
Alan Shearer praised Liverpool’s back four on Saturday as they secured a 3-1 victory over Merseyside rivals Everton.
In what was a feisty affair, Liverpool’s defence of Nathaniel Clyne, Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren and James Milner came up against Ross Barkley, Romelu Lukaku and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Shearer was impressed with the Reds defence, as they limited the Toffees to just one goal – which came through defender Matthew Pennington during the first half.
Speaking on BBC One’s Match of the Day on Saturday night, Shearer claimed the Liverpool bullied 23-year-old striker Romelu Lukaku throughout the match.
“It was like men against boys at times,” Shearer claimed. “Liverpool were far superior and they deserved all three points. Lukaku didn’t have a sniff all game; the defence bullied him.
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“They forced him out wide and he became a winger instead of being in the box. Jurgen Klopp got his tactics spot on, the attackers were brilliant and so were the back four.”
Liverpool’s 18-year long record of remaining unbeaten at Anfield against the Toffees continued during Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off, as Sadio Mane opened the scoring.
His mazy run was eventually converted as he intricately hit home a left-footed effort past Joel Robles, but Everton were quickly level as Pennington scored from close range.
However, Philippe Coutinho returned to his brilliant best, as he was given time and space to edge into the Toffees box before curling a superb effort past Robles.
A number of dangerous tackles went flying in, before Divock Origi ended the match after coming on as a substitute to wrong foot Robles.
Klopp’s side are next in action on Wednesday, as they play host to Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth, while Everton travel to Old Trafford to face Man United on Tuesday night.
In other Liverpool news, Ronald Koeman has posted this passionate Twitter message following the defeat.