Being an Everton player in the tunnel awaiting Z Cars before the game would have been a harrowing experience. The noise inside the ground was absolutely nothing like I’ve ever seen it. A genuinely deafening few minutes preceded a mostly gritty, at times excellent first period.
Lucas Digne, Séamus Coleman and Gylfi Sigurdsson were the key men in the first period as we were far and away the better team, both in attack and defence.
Mr Silva most definitely got the message across to his players that aggression was needed more than anything else, as we put in our most impressive display in regards to pressing Liverpool inside their own half, as Alisson, Matip and Alexander-Arnold looked horrifically shaky for large portions of the first half.
Evertonians were up for the game, and the players most certainly reciprocated it.
The second half made me question a lot of things. How in the world is that Liverpool side top of the league? They were a very poor side, and most definitely the worst of the top six sides to come to Goodison so far this season.
Our players made them look clueless, and have hopefully proven to the rest of the league that they are not as invincible as people would have you believe.
Here are our Everton player ratings.
Jordan Pickford - 8
A definite closer to a gruelling redemption arc for Jordan, who atoned for his sins at Anfield with a terrific display across the board. Two excellent saves against Salah ensured that we were keeping a clean sheet today, and he displayed an aura of calmness throughout.
A game much more familiar than his recent form.
Seamus Coleman - 10 (Man of the Match)
This was probably Seamus Coleman’s best game in many years for Everton. He was absolutely immovable.
From completely shutting down Sadio Mane for the entirety of the 90 minutes, to putting in his best attacking shift since 2013. He was today, his prime self, as the best right-back in world football.
Michael Keane - 8
Bar a few shaky moments in the first half, Michael Keane was terrific. He was up against a terrifying attack of Mane and Salah, and alongside Kurt Zouma, limited them to two meaningful attempts on goal.
Kurt Zouma - 8
Much like Michael Keane, he was up against a storied attacking double act and made them look very much ordinary.
Lucas Digne - 8
An excellent defensive performance merited four excellent defensive grades. Who’d have thought?
Lucas provided much of our danger alongside Bernard in the second half, and whenever he got the ball, he was constantly a positive looking to exploit Liverpool’s defensive frailties.
Morgan Schneiderlin - 7
An eyebrow raiser before the game, Morgan Schneiderlin did nothing to hinder his once again rising stock with a battling performance as he controlled much of the midfield for much of the game.
He was brought off to a standing ovation, and rightly so.
I expect we’ll be seeing a lot more of Morgan over the coming weeks.
Idrissa Gana Gueye - 7
Gana’s passing was suspect today, but he made up for it with some great pressing high up the pitch to ensure Liverpool’s luxury players had no time to craft something they wanted to.
Bernard - 9
Bernard’s best game in a blue shirt didn’t come from a triple of assists, or an embarrassment of an unfortunate opposing left-back, rather from a tremendously gritty display in which he made Trent Alexander-Arnold entirely uncomfortable all evening long, and was an ever-present in anything we wanted to do going forward.
Theo Walcott - 7
Everton fans have decided that Theo Walcott is no longer good enough. That’s fine (if somewhat shortsighted) however he must be given credit when he puts in a game like he did tonight.
He was first to every ball that Pickford lumped up to him, and, like his counterpart, Bernard, put immense pressure on the shaky Liverpool full-backs.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin - 7
Going up against Virgil van Dijk is not an easy task, but Dom ensured that the Dutchman would not have a comfortable night.
He won his fair share in the air and was always the first to close down the Liverpool backline when they stalled on the ball for a little too long.
Richarlison – 6
A good showing from Richarlison, who will have to battle to get his place back.
Cenk Tosun – 5
Didn’t have the time he needed to assert himself onto the game.
Andre Gomes – N/A