This marks Liverpool’s fourth consecutive victory, as Klopp’s spring resurgence continues in earnest.
Here are five talking points from this latest triumph, including Sakho’s remarkable endurance.
Mamadou Sakho: The Leader Liverpool Need
Speaking after Liverpool’s 4-3 victory at home to Borussia Dortmund last Thursday, Sakho presented it as “a win for the Liverpool country.”
Despite hailing from Paris, and only joining the Reds in 2013, Sakho has shown throughout his time at Liverpool that he understands what it means to play for this storied club.
Against Everton on Wednesday, Sakho threw himself into challenges with gusto, driving his side up the pitch, and added his second goal in a week with a powerful header in the six-yard box just before half-time.
There are few players that embody Liverpool’s fighting spirit under Klopp more than Sakho, and with the 26-year-old finding consistency both on the field and in terms of fitness since his new manager’s arrival, he has proved himself a valuable leader; as captain without the armband.
James Milner’s Delivery Demands a Wide Role
With Emre Can and Jordan Henderson both injured, Joe Allen’s fitness continually managed by Klopp and Kevin Stewart largely untested at the top level, James Milner‘s spell in the middle of the park is something of a necessary evil at present.
Moving into more advanced positions as Liverpool attacked, however, Milner naturally drifted wide, and this is where the stand-in captain shone.
His first assist came from the right, lifting the ball expertly over the Everton defence for the rising Origi to nod home, before he clipped a second, pinpoint cross towards Sakho for Liverpool’s second before the break.
Milner now has 14 assists to his name since joining from Man City, and with many of these coming from crosses from the flanks, it is clear that, when possible, he should be deployed on the wing.
Philippe Coutinho’s Goalscoring Run Continues
Once, the sight of Coutinho cutting inside to fire a shot towards goal with his right foot brought winces from the Kop, with the Brazilian’s exuberant approach from range frustrating supporters and team-mates alike.
With the arrival of Klopp has seen Coutinho settle into his left-sided role, and no doubt buoyed by the manager’s focus on a pacy, dynamic, off-shoulder striker in Origi or Sturridge, has begun to showcase a maturity when picking the ball up on the wing.
This has seen Coutinho take his chances at the right time, and adding Liverpool’s fourth goal with a low effort on Wednesday night, the 23-year-old brought his season’s tally to 12.
Currently Liverpool’s leading goalscorer, Coutinho looks set to break the 15-goal mark for the campaign, which would be another major milestone in his development.
Divock Origi’s Injury a Bitter Blow
Being named ahead of Sturridge in Klopp’s starting lineup on Wednesday served as a reminder of the Belgian’s standing under the Liverpool manager.
Breaking the deadlock just before half-time, Origi rewarded his manager’s faith, and capped another performance of strength and tactical intelligence as Liverpool’s lone centre-forward.
But stretchered off after Funes Mori’s shocking challenge, Origi’s run of form could be derailed, with the 21-year-old expected to miss at least two weeks of action as Klopp revealed he had twisted his ankle.
Christian Benteke and Danny Ings are both out injured at present, leaving Klopp with few options when it comes to replacing Origi during his spell on the sidelines.
Fortunately for the German, Sturridge’s rich vein of form suggests Liverpool are in safe hands up front.
Liverpool Show Strength in Depth After Rotation
Klopp’s interchanging between Origi and Sturridge from fixture to fixture is a surprising development for the 48-year-old, who said before the game that he was looking to be “prepared for intensive games.”
Making 10 changes for Sunday’s trip to Bournemouth, and another nine for Wednesday night’s derby, it is clear that Klopp is taking this approach across the pitch.
That Liverpool were able to produce a pair of comprehensive, dominant performances in both encounters is a testament to the growing strength in depth at Klopp’s disposal.
This is, of course, a positive headache for the German, who is now able to rotate his side throughout a congested run-in, and remain confident of sealing a victory.