Furious Everton fans chant ‘sack the board’ inside Goodison Park, with many more having led an early exodus during 4-1 hammering by Liverpool in their worst home Merseyside derby defeat in 39 YEARS
- Everton collapsed to humiliating Merseyside derby defeat at hands of Liverpool
- Toffees supporters turned their anger towards the Everton board at full-time
- Many had left Goodison Park long before the final whistle had been blown
- Chairman Bill Kenwright and director of football Marcel Brands took the brunt
Everton were deserted by their fans on Wednesday night after Liverpool ran amok and registered their most emphatic win at Goodison Park in almost 40 years.
Thousands streamed out of the stadium, long before the end of Liverpool’s 4-1 triumph – the biggest drubbing they have given to Everton since Ian Rush scored four times in a 5-0 win in November 1982. Rafa Benitez, the club’s under pressure manager, looked numb at the end.
But chants of ‘sack the board’ came from the Gwladys Street, Everton’s most vocal stand, while supporters around the Directors Box vented their anger at Chairman Bill Kenwright and Marcel Brands, the Director of Football. Farhad Moshiri, the club’s major shareholder, was noticeably absent.
Everton players stand dejected as they collapsed to a 4-1 defeat by Liverpool on home soil
Everton stars were confronted by angry supporters upon the final whistle at Goodison Park
There was a couple of unsavoury moments during the game, when objects were thrown onto the pitch. Everton face Arsenal on Monday in a game of huge importance but Benitez insists the situation can be turned around.
Benitez said: ‘I still have confidence team will do well, we need to bring players back. We have to learn we can’t make these kind of mistakes, we can be ready if we learn from that for the next game.
‘I think anyone who could see the game we made too many mistakes. When you make too many mistakes against a top side you’re not going to win. After the second goal our reaction was very good, the fans were pushing as soon as we scored the goal and the atmosphere was really good. We started the second half well, started on top but another mistake changed the game.’
Many fans had long left the Merseyside derby before the full-time whistle on Wednesday
The derby humiliation puts more pressure on under fire Everton manager Rafa Benitez
Supporters protested with a banner complaining about the club’s lack of ambition
Jurgen Klopp, by contrast, was delighted with Liverpool’s performance and the control they showed. Jordan Henderson opened the scoring before Mohamed Salah’s double and another from Diogo Jota and they really could have scored more.
Klopp said: ‘The two derbies for us against Everton and (Manchester) United are big games and we have to learn to keep ourselves calm and together if you like.
We have to play our best football because I told the boys whatever had happened in the past [is the past] but to be 100 per cent honest, there were not a lot of derbies at Goodison where I thought: ‘ah, we played a great game. Really perfect’.
Marcel Brands (centre) and Bill Kenwright (right) felt waves of protest after the game by fans
Everton forward Richarlison carries bottles off the pitch that had been thrown on
‘So there is some space for improvement and I wanted us to be really mature today. Aggressive? Yes, but in a football way. Angry as well, but in a football way.’
Liverpool have now scored more than 60 goals in their 21 competitive matches and Thierry Henry, who was a pundit on Amazon, said: ‘For me they are on a different planet. Not just them but the other two at the top who are in a rhythm.
At one point everyone in the crowd they (Everton) could do something and when they gave that gift unfortunately for the captain, Coleman, it all went south. But they are on a different planet, four against Arsenal, four against Southampton, four tonight, they’re playing Wolverhampton they can already put four on the board.’
Liverpool strolled to their biggest win at Everton since 1982 to keep their title bid on course
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