Photos: Best of the pics as Mane’s winner gives Reds Merseyside bragging rights

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Sadio Mane‘s late winner gave Liverpool a 1-0 win over Everton in the derby and ensured an early Christmas present for the Red half of Mersyside.

The Reds took to Goodison Park for their 227th clash with their city rivals, desperate to keep up the pace at the top end of the Premier League.

With Chelsea securing their 11th straight victory on Saturday afternoon, Liverpool needed to take a victory back with them as they made the short trip across Stanley Park.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, December 19, 2016: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp and Everton's manager Ronald Koeman before the FA Premier League match, the 227th Merseyside Derby, at Goodison Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The clash brought Klopp’s first taste of Goodison, and Ronald Koeman’s first taste of the derby.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, December 19, 2016: Liverpool's goalkeeper Simon Mignolet warms-up before the FA Premier League match against Everton, the 227th Merseyside Derby, at Goodison Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp made no changes to the side that won 3-0 away to Middlesbrough last time out, meaning he kept faith with Simon Mignolet between the sticks, omitting Loris Karius.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, December 19, 2016: Liverpool's Dejan Lovren in action against Everton during the FA Premier League match, the 227th Merseyside Derby, at Goodison Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Dejan Lovren served as defensive lieutenant ahead the Belgian, and joined by Ragnar Klavan in the absence of Joel Matip, had to steel himself for a tough physical battle.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, December 19, 2016: Liverpool's Sadio Mane in action against Everton's Leighton Baines during the FA Premier League match, the 227th Merseyside Derby, at Goodison Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This was the case all over the field, with Everton looking to rattle the visitors with a fierce, high-tempo start.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, December 19, 2016: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino in action against Everton's James McCarthy during the FA Premier League match, the 227th Merseyside Derby, at Goodison Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Roberto Firmino struggled in his role on the left of Klopp’s three-man attacking line, with the Brazilian tasked with filling in for his injured compatriot, Philippe Coutinho.

Divock Origi toiled away in Firmino’s place as Liverpool’s centre-forward, but snatched at a series of chances.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, December 19, 2016: A Liverpool in action against Everton during the FA Premier League match against Liverpool, the 227th Merseyside Derby, at Goodison Park. (Pic by Gavin Trafford/Propaganda)

With the game balanced, Mike Dean blew for half-time with the scores settled at a disappointing 0-0.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, December 19, 2016: Liverpool's Adam Lallana clashes with Everton's Seamus Coleman during the FA Premier League match, the 227th Merseyside Derby, at Goodison Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, December 19, 2016: Liverpool's Dejan Lovren clashes with Everton's Romelu Lukaku during the FA Premier League match, the 227th Merseyside Derby, at Goodison Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Tensions flared early on in the second half as Ross Barkley slid in with a vicious challenge on Jordan Henderson, with Lovren getting embroiled in an argument with Romelu Lukaku.

Barkley somehow avoided a red card, though Koeman was adamant after the game that Lovren should have been given a second yellow for his involvement.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, December 19, 2016: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge in action against Everton during the FA Premier League match, the 227th Merseyside Derby, at Goodison Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp sent on both Emre Can and Daniel Sturridge with the game entering its final 10 minutes, though Dean would go on to add on another eight for stoppages.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, December 19, 2016: Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the winning goal against Everton in injury time during the FA Premier League match, the 227th Merseyside Derby, at Goodison Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It was Sturridge’s intervention that crafted Liverpool’s goal, with Mane following up on the striker’s rebounded effort to tap home from close range and seal the three points.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, December 19, 2016: Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the winning goal against Everton in injury time during the FA Premier League match, the 227th Merseyside Derby, at Goodison Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This sent the travelling Kop into raptures, as Liverpool recorded their first 1-0 victory of 2016.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, December 19, 2016: A Liverpool's Jürgen Klopp congratulates Adam Lallana after the final whistle against Everton in the FA Premier League match against Liverpool, the 227th Merseyside Derby, at Goodison Park. (Pic by Gavin Trafford/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, December 19, 2016: A Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring a late winning goal against Everton during the FA Premier League match against Liverpool, the 227th Merseyside Derby, at Goodison Park. (Pic by Gavin Trafford/Propaganda)

There were more celebrations at full-time, with Klopp and his players now set for their Christmas party on Tuesday, after reducing the gap between them and Chelsea to six points.

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