Everton fans weren’t celebrating the draw
So, the Anfield derby came and went and it was the blue half of Merseyside that came away smiling. The much-maligned team has been gelled together by the experienced head of Sam Allardyce and put in a solid, if not a little last-ditch performance to earn a point at their noisy neighbours.
Evertonians though weren’t celebrating the draw, despite what the Kopites might think. They were really celebrating pissing all over the red half’s proverbial bonfire, thanks to a huge lack of respect shown by their commander in chief Jurgen Klopp.
Klippety decided to use the Merseyside Derby as a chance to rest several of his “stars” and made 6 changes including taking Coutinho and Firmino out of the starting 11. This may have been because he was expecting a combatant Everton side, or he may have just thought it may have been a walk in the park.
In fairness to the red half, they were by far the best team in a one-sided match, but they still barely threatened Jordan Pickford’s goal only having 3 shots on target compared to Everton’s 2. Everton only had 21% possession, but their defence held firm.
People may go back to Klopp to complain about not starting his first-choice team, but Everton were in the same situation with many first-choice players missing, including most of their first choice back line. Seamus Coleman, Leighton Baines and Ramiro Funes-Mori would all have probably started if they were fit. In the middle of the park Ross Barkley and Yannick Bolasie were likely to have started too and Morgan Schneiderlin and James McCarthy would have probably started too.
The main reason the Everton fans were delighted though was the utter delusion of the Liverpool manager and their fans, who believe the penalty in the match should not have been given. The simple fact of the matter was that Dejan Lovren put his hands-on Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s back and pushed him. Yes, it was a soft penalty, but it was a definite penalty.
The fact that Klopp asked a room full of journalists after the game if they believed it was a penalty and pretty much to a man, they all said yes. The delusion, the arrogance, the self-indulgence and the utter general gobshitedness that stems from top to bottom is on another scale.
Everton are a team in transition. We knew we couldn’t compete with Liverpool playing football as they have had a few years and a lot of money to transform a team into one of the best attacking teams in the league, while Everton has spent poorly in the window, have an ageing defence and no number 1 striker. Yet, we went there and got a point.
Would I have changed the 21% possession and the 2 shots on target or would I have wanted more than 1 corner? Honestly?
Actually, No. I wish we had less possession, less shots and no corners and still got a point. Why? Because the outpouring from the red half would have been even more amusing than it was already.
The weekend was topped off by Phil Thompsons claim that Liverpool are everyone’s second favourite team. Bwa ha ha ha ha
Celebrating a draw. No. Celebrating a team in transition making the red half look stupid. Hell yes.
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