Liverpool 0-3 Everton: Blues spoil rivals' Anfield WSL return

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Megan Finnigan celebratesEverton won the last encounter between the teams at Anfield, with a 1-0 victory in 2019

Everton ruined Merseyside rivals Liverpool's day at Anfield and picked up their first win of the Women's Super League season.

Defender Megan Finnigan gave Everton an early lead when she sent a header past goalkeeper Rachael Laws.

The Blues were dominant and made it 2-0 when Jess Park coolly shifted the ball onto her left foot and slid it into the corner, before substitute Hanna Bennison scored a third late on to add salt to Liverpool's wounds.

The derby was played out in front of 27,574, a record crowd for a WSL game at Anfield.

Everton were deserving winners in this fierce derby as Liverpool struggled to make an impact and could not build on their stunning opening-weekend victory over defending champions Chelsea.

The hosts were pinned back for most of the first half and though they improved after the break, they rarely tested goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan.

Striker Katie Stengel and midfielder Ceri Holland missed big chances for Liverpool in the first half but Everton could also have extended their lead when Katja Snoeijs poked wide from close range.

Blues defender Gabby George also headed a corner over the bar in the opening six minutes at Anfield, while Finnigan stung the fingers of Laws with a long-range strike shortly before breaking the deadlock.

It was Everton's first victory under new manager Brian Sorensen and the sold-out away section of the crowd celebrated wildly at full-time.

But the majority of the fans in attendance left with a familiar feeling of frustration as Everton claimed all three points in the derby for the second time at Anfield.

The 27,574 in attendance beat the previous record set in the last meeting in 2019 when 23,500 watched Everton win 1-0.

The game was marred by three incidents of pitch invasions from several members of the crowd with the players throwing their arms up in frustration.

Confident Everton stamp their authority

Liverpool came into this game full of confidence after their shock win over defending champions Chelsea on the opening weekend, following on from their success in the Women's Championship last season.

In contrast, Everton had a poor 2021-22 season and got off to a disappointing start last weekend with defeat at West Ham.

But it was the Blues who very quickly stamped their authority on the game, pushing Liverpool back and winning countless headers inside the box.

It was only a matter of time before they opened the scoring and they went 2-0 up just as Liverpool had started to find their shape and were gaining success from a high press.

Stengel's missed chance minutes before Park doubled Everton's lead was a significant moment and the Liverpool striker was at fault for giving the ball away needlessly in the build-up to the second goal.

Liverpool boss Matt Beard had his head bowed at the half-time whistle but he could do little to change the outcome despite a change in shape for the hosts.

The Reds pressed for a goal in the dying minutes as substitute Yana Daniels volleyed it straight at goalkeeper Brosnan, before Stengel stretched to head over the bar from close range.

But Sorensen's side played with plenty of creativity and confidence - a promising sign for a club looking to bounce back from a topsy-turvy past 12 months - and Liverpool struggled to compete for large parts.

Dane Sorensen hugged his staff and roared with delight when Bennison's late goal went in to confirm victory for Everton and fans will hope this first victory under him can help to build momentum.

Line-ups

Liverpool Women

Formation 3-4-3

1Laws25FlahertyBooked at 76mins5Fahey6MatthewsSubstituted forDanielsat 56'minutes2KoivistoSubstituted forRobertsat 72'minutes7KearnsSubstituted forFurnessat 45'minutes18Holland28Campbell11LawleySubstituted forWardlawat 72'minutes24Stengel12Hinds

Substitutes

3Robe4Roberts8Wardlaw10Furness17Humphrey20Daniels21Cumings22Kirby34Silcock

Everton Women

Formation 3-4-3

18Brosnan20Finnigan4Sevecke2Veje17Graham5Björn22Galli6George11ParkSubstituted forStenevikat 90+1'minutes25SnoeijsSubstituted forQueiroz Costaat 63'minutes8ChristiansenSubstituted forBennisonat 63'minutes

Substitutes

10Bennison12Ramsey19Queiroz Costa21Maier24Weir27Stenevik28Holmgaard

Referee:Andrew Kitchen

Attendance:27,574

Live Text

Match ends, Liverpool Women 0, Everton Women 3.

Second Half ends, Liverpool Women 0, Everton Women 3.

Attempt missed. Katie Stengel (Liverpool Women) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Rhiannon Roberts.

Attempt saved. Yana Daniels (Liverpool Women) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rachel Furness.

Foul by Katrine Veje (Everton Women).

Yana Daniels (Liverpool Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Niamh Fahey (Liverpool Women) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Katie Stengel.

Substitution, Everton Women. Elise Stenevik replaces Jessica Park.

Megan Finnigan (Everton Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yana Daniels (Liverpool Women).

Corner, Liverpool Women. Conceded by Nathalie Björn.

Attempt blocked. Rachel Furness (Liverpool Women) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ceri Holland with a cross.

Foul by Gabrielle George (Everton Women).

Katie Stengel (Liverpool Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal! Liverpool Women 0, Everton Women 3. Hanna Bennison (Everton Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jessica Park.

Corner, Liverpool Women. Conceded by Courtney Brosnan.

Corner, Liverpool Women. Conceded by Aurora Galli.

Foul by Nathalie Björn (Everton Women).

Rachel Furness (Liverpool Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Gilly Flaherty (Liverpool Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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