Everton fell 1-0 to a very youthful Liverpool Squad fielded by Jurgen Klopp during the third round of the FA Cup. Carlo Ancelotti lost a perfect opportunity to break Everton’s winless streak at Anfield.
Everton have gone since 1999 without a win at Anfield against Liverpool and they just blew what was probably the easiest chance to break that streak as Jurgen Klopp decided to rest his main starting line up and replace them with a much younger squad.
In comparison, Carlo Ancelotti fielded his a squad that was almost at full strength but somehow still managed to come out short in the encounter.
Everton showed all the hallmarks of a top-flight team coming out with confidence and energy throughout the first half. They attacked the Liverpool goals time and time again but were unable to score a single goal.
The second half saw a shift in energy as Everton began to slow down their pace whilst the Liverpool youth increased their tenacity.
In the end, it was a remarkable shot from Liverpool’s 18-year-old Curtis Jones that put the Reds in the lead in the 71st minute of play. This goal secured Liverpool the 1-0 victory they need to remain in the FA cup tournament.
Curtis Jones becomes the second-youngest Liverpool player to score in a Merseyside derby since Robbie Fowler in 1994.
Carlo Ancelotti did not even try to hide his disappointment in his team’s performance going on to say the following during the post-game interview:
“I am not used to speaking to the players after the game, but I am going to speak to them about this,”
“I think in the second half we were not able to keep the right ideas on the pitch as we did in the first half, when we had (the) opportunity to score.
“The fact we didn’t score in the first half affected the performance in the second half, which was not good enough.”
Jurgen Klopp was full of praises for young Curtis Jones and his goal going on to say:
“He has made big steps, he will be a Liverpool player if nothing strange happens – 100 percent. I’m not surprised he scored that kind of goal.”
“He has still things to learn and improve, but you sometimes forget, and we forget it in training, that he is only 18. Unbelievable.”
Everton now see themselves kicked out of the FA Cup with the Reds proceeding on the road to what will hopefully be another trophy to add to this seasons collection