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Liverpool vs Everton.

The FA Cup Third Round.

Liverpool 1

  • C Jones (71st minute)

Everton 0

    Liverpool 1-0 Everton: Curtis Jones stunner seals FA Cup third-round victory for Reds

    Report as 18-year-old Jones seals FA Cup third-round victory for much-changed Liverpool; wasteful Everton pass up chance to end Anfield hoodoo

    Monday 6 January 2020 06:00, UK

    Curtis Jones celebrates his goal against Everton
    Image: Curtis Jones celebrates his winning goal for Liverpool against Everton in the FA Cup

    Curtis Jones' thunderbolt inflicted one of Everton's most humiliating derby defeats as a youthful Liverpool progressed to the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 1-0 victory at Anfield.

    Eighteen-year-old Jones settled the third-round tie in Liverpool's favour on 71 minutes with a sensational whipped strike that cannoned in off the underside of the Everton crossbar.

    A near first-choice Everton looked set to capitalise on Jurgen Klopp's nine pre-match changes as they peppered the Liverpool goal and forced three quality saves from goalkeeper Adrian in a dominant first-half display.

    But Jones' stunning first goal in senior football saw Liverpool punish their wastefulness as Everton's wait for a first Anfield win since 1999 stooped to an agonising new low.

    Player ratings

    Liverpool: Adrian (8), Milner (4), Gomez (7), Phillips (7), Williams (7), Lallana (7), Chirivella (7), Jones (8), Elliott (7), Minamino (6), Origi (7).

    Subs: Larouci (7), Oxlade-Chamberlain (6), Brewster (5).

    Everton: Pickford (6), Coleman (6), Holgate (5), Mina (6), Digne (6), Sidibe (6), Sigurdsson (5), Schneiderlin (5), Walcott (5), Calvert-Lewin (5), Richarlison (5).

    Subs: Delph (5), Bernard (5), Kean (5).

    Man of the Match: Curtis Jones

    Curtis Jones celebrates his goal against Everton in the FA Cup
    Image: Eighteen-year-old Jones scored his first goal in senior football to settle the derby

    How Liverpool youngsters humiliated Everton

    Liverpool's congested festive schedule left Klopp with no option but to shuffle his pack and he fielded an experimental Reds team that featured three teenagers in a Merseyside derby starting line-up for the first time since 2012.

    Team news

    • Takumi Minamino made his Liverpool debut as Jurgen Klopp made nine changes from the win over Sheffield United. James Milner and Joe Gomez were the only players to retain their places.
    • Morgan Schneiderlin and Theo Walcott returned as Carlo Ancelotti made two changes following Everton defeat at Manchester City.

    Everton, meanwhile, were at near full strength and it showed as they created the best chances in a dominant first-half attacking display.

    Dominic Calvert-Lewin drew Adrian into a save with his legs inside six minutes, an attack which forced James Milner off injured and left Joe Gomez as the only senior Liverpool defender on the field, and the Everton chances kept on coming.

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    Image: Richarlison drew one of three first-half saves from Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian

    Mason Holgate headed a glorious chance straight at Adrian from Gylfi Sigurdsson's inch-perfect free-kick on 12 minutes and the Liverpool goalkeeper was up to a hat-trick of saves before the half-hour mark as Richarlison was denied as he tried to convert Theo Walcott's cutback.

    There was time for Calvert-Lewin to spurn another chance, mistiming a diving header, before Liverpool finally registered their first attempt on goal.

    calvert lewin
    Image: Dominic Calvert-Lewin got his timing all wrong while trying to head in Theo Walcott's cross

    January signing Takumi Minamino could have endeared himself to the Anfield faithful with a debut goal, but he failed to connect with a header after Divock Origi's sumptuous cross reached the Japan international unmarked in the six-yard box.

    Origi drew a stunning fingertip save out of Jordan Pickford just before half-time and that marked a shift in momentum. The Reds re-emerged from the interval and dominated possession with a performance akin to the first-choice side that have raced clear at the top of the Premier League.

    The introduction and deployment of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain into central midfield on 70 relieved Jones of his defensive responsibilities - and within a minute of venturing forward, the youngster settled the tie in the most spectacular fashion.

    After a neat interchange with Origi, Jones unleashed a stunning curled shot that sailed over Pickford before crashing down off the underside bar, sparking jubilant scenes inside Anfield and inflicting a crushing blow from which Everton could not recover.

    Stats: Liverpool don't know how to lose

    • Liverpool remain unbeaten in their last 23 home games against Everton in all competitions (W13 D10); they have beaten the Toffees twice at Anfield in the same season for the first time since the 1986-87 campaign.
    • Liverpool have won 23 of their last 25 home games in all competitions (D2), keeping a clean sheet in each of their last five matches at Anfield.
    • Everton have never won away to Liverpool in the FA Cup in six attempts (D4 L2).

    What the managers said…

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "It was a bit wild in the first half, but football wise a lot of moments brilliant; defensive wise, in organisation and pressing was absolutely sensational. We scored the goal and then we controlled the game. I liked it, I liked each individual performance, the boys were outstanding.

    "It was a sensational goal [from Curtis], it was exceptional, the boy is an outstanding player. I cannot understand why people are not talking about Pedro Chirivella, Yasser Larouci and Neco Williams. Do they all have to score a goal to be talked about?"

    Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti 0:44
    Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti says Liverpool fielding a severely weakened side 'didn't affect' his team in their FA Cup third-round defeat on Sunday.

    Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti: "The line-up of Liverpool didn't affect our idea of how to play; we knew that Liverpool put in fresh players and that the intensity could be a high intensity, so I think the defeat arrived because we were not able to keep the intensity in the second half. We lost energy, we lost confidence, we were not able to build up quick from the back."

    Analysis: Minamino debut assessed

    Liverpool midfielder Takumi Minamino made his debut against Everton 0:53
    Jurgen Klopp says Takumi Minamino showed he is 'exactly the player' Liverpool wanted after the midfielder made his debut in Sunday's FA Cup win over Everton.

    Sky Sports' Adam Bate:

    'Minamino looked lively in the early stages and certainly looks well-suited to playing the pressing game that Klopp favours. He will no doubt prove an important option in attack as the fixtures continue to pile up.

    'But the new man did fade after the break and perhaps that is to be expected given that this was his first appearance in almost four weeks - since starring against Liverpool for his old club, red Bull Salzburg.

    'Not a stellar individual debut then. But a role in an FA Cup victory over Everton is not a bad way to start. Takumi Minamino will hope there are many more great Anfield nights to come.'

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