Match Of The Week: Everton 2-0 Liverpool

For all of the talk of the modernisation of football, there remain some outposts of the game that are defiantly of another age. Everton’s Goodison Park is one of them, not that it hasn’t been for a want of trying to leave their home of almost 120 years in recent seasons. There is also something of the old school about the pre-match here as well. Everybody knows how “important” this match is (not least Alan Hansen, who, on last night’s “Match Of The Day” described this match as Liverpool’s “most important in thirty years” – never knowingly undersold, is Hansen), but there is very little “Right Here Right Now” type bombast on display. “It’s A Grand Old Team To Play For” followed by the theme music to Z-Cars (which is based upon the Liverpool folk song, “Johnny Todd”) is the pre-match entertainment as the teams emerge from the tunnel. John W Henry is here today and he probably spends the first twenty minutes or so wondering what on earth it is that he is watching. The match kicks off at a furious pace – so furious that it makes the average Premier League match look sedate – and Everton have Liverpool completely pegged back in and around their own penalty area. Phil Jagielka and Sylvan Distain both shoot narrowly over and Liverpool are clearly struggling with the tempo of...

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