Liverpool 1-0 Everton
FA Cup 3rd-round, Anfield
January 5, 2020
Goal: Jones 71′
With Liverpool charging towards their first league title in 30 years, and recently returning from their Club World Cup triumph in Qatar, success in the FA Cup wasn’t exactly at the top of their priority list in 2019-20.
They would eventually go on to be knocked out of the competition by Chelsea in the fifth round, but not before a derby victory that Liverpool fans will cherish for a very long time.
A Liverpool 2nd XI vs. Everton’s strongest side
On paper, this was a match that Liverpool really shouldn’t have won.
It was the perfect opportunity for the Toffees, who had recently appointed Carlo Ancelotti as their manager, to register their first Anfield victory this century.
Harvey Elliott, who started on the right of Liverpool’s attack, became Liverpool’s youngest-ever player in the competition at the age of 16 years and 276 days.
By contrast, Everton fielded a team that was pretty much at full strength, with the likes of Jordan Pickford, Seamus Coleman, Morgan Schneiderlin, Lucas Digne, Theo Walcott, Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin all in the XI.
This would surely be a step too far for a Liverpool team that were unbeaten in their past 23 home games against Everton, wouldn’t it?
The early stages of the game indicated that it could be a tough afternoon for Liverpool
But having successfully navigated Everton‘s early pressure, Klopp’s young Reds began to grow into it. Pickford kept out Origi’s low drive after an incisive pass from Elliott, and after the break, the Belgian and Williams both forced the England goalkeeper into action with speculative efforts from long range.
In truth, Liverpool’s supporters would probably have been relatively satisfied even if Liverpool’s youngsters had only managed to force a replay, but the Anfield atmosphere was electric, and in what was a remarkable season, there was a sense that something special could be on the horizon.
With just less than 20 minutes remaining, the game was won with a moment of class from an 18-year-old Scouser wearing red, and it was no ordinary goal.
Pickford was hurried into a clearance by the onrushing Larouci, typical of the young Reds’ spritely energy throughout, Lallana and Oxlade-Chamberlain recovered possession, before Origi combined well with Jones on the edge of the box.
The youngster made room for a shot, before unleashing a completely instinctive curled effort that found the back of the net via the underside of Pickford’s crossbar. What a way to score your first senior goal for Liverpool.
PICK THAT OUT ?
It was a strike worthy of winning any match and proved to be the only goal of the game, as Liverpool’s young Reds ensured Everton‘s 25-year wait for a trophy went on.
In a season that produced so many memorable moments, this was another highlight, and a game plenty of Liverpool supporters will never forget.
They haven’t won a trophy since 1995…
“So many extremely good performances”
Jones, of course, was the player everyone wanted to talk about, but Klopp was keen to make sure there was recognition for the other youngsters that impressed on the night.
Chirivella was excellent at the base of Liverpool’s midfield, while Williams and Larouci looked far from out of place at full-back.
“The goal was exceptional and the boy is an outstanding player. But I cannot understand why nobody asked me so far about Pedro Chirivella, Neco Williams or Yasser Larouci. Is this a sign we want to give the boys? You have to score, otherwise we ignore you?
“Let me speak about Curtis – an unbelievable player, Scouser, very confident, can’t wait to play in the first team. Good, rightly so. He is in a very good way. I’ve known him three-and-a-half years, he made big steps, will be a Liverpool player if nothing strange happens, 100 per cent. Great.
“That he scores that goal, I’m not surprised. That he scores this kind of goal, I’m not surprised. He is for these situations and still a lot to learn and improve. But sometimes we forget it as well in training, he is 18. Unbelievable.
“In Germany, because of a different system, he would still play one year 100 per cent in the youth team and nowhere else. Here, he is around the first team.
“I like that the boys used all our patterns tonight to cause Everton problems. It was brilliant, absolutely brilliant.”
Liverpool: Adrian; Williams, Phillips, Gomez, Milner (Larouci 9′); Chirivella, Lallana, Jones; Elliott (Brewster 79′), Origi, Minamino (Oxlade-Chamberlain 70′)
Subs not used: Kelleher, Hoever, Henderson, Mane
Everton: Pickford; Coleman (Kean 63′), Mina, Holgate; Sidibe, Schneiderlin, Sigurdsson (Delph 63′), Digne; Walcott (Bernard 79′), Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin
Subs not used: Stekelenburg, Keane, Baines, Davies