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Late Mane Strike Secures Reds Merseyside Derby

Sadio Mane’s dramatic injury-time winner helped Liverpool keep pace in the Premier League title race and earn the Merseyside derby bragging rights in a 1-0 win at Everton on Monday.

The Reds’ £34m summer signing from Southampton reacted first to a loose ball after substitute Daniel Sturridge’s shot had hit the post in the fourth of eight minutes of stoppage time.

Everton, who had lost goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg to injury in the second half, have now won just one of their past 20 meetings with their local rivals.

Liverpool – who moved up to second – created the better chances, with Stekelenburg and his replacement Joel Robles saving well from Roberto Firmino.

There was a flashpoint in the second half when a dreadful tackle by Ross Barkley on Jordan Henderson sparked angry scenes and the Everton midfielder was fortunate to escape with only a yellow card from referee Mike Dean.

Key Opta stats:

– This is Liverpool’s fourth Premier League win over Everton that has come via a winning goal in the 90th minute or later.
– The last three of these 90th minute winners have come at Goodison Park (Mane in December 2016, Dirk Kuyt in October 2007 and Gary McAllister in April 2001).
– Liverpool have won double the number of Premier League matches by 90th minute winners against Everton (4) than they have against any other opponent.
– Everton are now winless in their last 12 league meetings with Liverpool (W0 D7 L5) – their worst run in league competition against their rivals since a 13-game winless run between March 1972 and April 1978.
– Gareth Barry’s appearance in this game means that he is now outright second in the all-time Premier League appearance list (610 apps) behind Ryan Giggs (632).

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