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Everton: Alex Iwobi was anonymous against Liverpool

Everton have conceded their 19th Premier League defeat of the season, and the third in their last five following a chaotic clash with their Merseyside rivals, Liverpool.

Despite managing to hold off the title challengers from scoring in the first half, Everton only managed a shocking 17% possession, one shot on target and made only 93 accurate passes compared to their opponent’s 699, which will surely be a huge disappointment for Frank Lampard.

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The game was ultimately a tale of two halves, with Richarlison and Anthony Gordon running riot throughout the first 45 minutes of the game, causing all sorts of problems for Liverpool’s defence, but were unable to connect and complete anything worthwhile to really impose a critical threat.

In the second half, the Toffees managed to keep a stalemate until Jurgen Klopp decided to make two game-changing substitutions in the 60th minute when Divock Origi and Luis Diaz were introduced into the game, leading the pair to build play on the edges of the box for Mo Salah to set up Andy Robertson with the first goal of the game just two minutes later.

At this point, Everton struggled to get back into the game and were even further dejected when the second goal was netted by Origi in the 85th minute killing the game and sending the away team home with another away defeat.

One player who was a complete passenger throughout the game was Alex Iwobi, who failed to impose himself or take any of the chances to break down Liverpool’s defence this afternoon.

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Iwobi who was once dubbed “stupid” by Alan Shearer made just ten accurate passes, lost 100% of his aerial duels, the majority of his ground duels (2/3) and was unsuccessful in the majority of his dribbles (2/3), as well as squandering the opportunity to score on more than one occasions.

The Nigerian winger cost Everton £40m and is one of the many products of Moshiri’s reckless spending over the last six years, scoring just seven goals in 91 appearances since joining the club in 2019, and if Lampard’s inclusion of the player in his team is to put him in the shop window ahead of the summer transfer window, the club should look for the opportunity to cash in.

Everton are now firmly inside the relegation zone alongside Watford and Norwich, following Burnley’s three-point win over Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier today and now Lampard must focus on capitalising on Chelsea’s inconsistent form as he will host his former club at Goodison Park this time next week.

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