Football: Salah hits double as Liverpool triumph at Everton

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (left) celebrates scoring their third goal with Andrew Robertson. PHOTO: REUTERS

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND (REUTERS) - Mohamed Salah scored twice as Liverpool thumped Everton 4-1 in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park on Wednesday to stay two points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea.

A beautiful, curling shot from Jordan Henderson put Liverpool ahead in the ninth minute before the midfielder set up Salah with a fine through ball and the Egyptian provided a clinical finish to make it 2-0.

Everton looked to be on the ropes but they found a way back into the game seven minutes before the break, with Demarai Gray, after good work from Brazilian Richarlison.

The home side stuck at the task but Liverpool put the contest beyond doubt with Salah whisking the ball away from Seamus Coleman and providing the coolest of finishes.

Diogo Jota completed the rout with an outstanding finish, the Portuguese forward spinning away from Allan, with a brilliant turn, before blasting past Jordan Pickford's near post.

"I liked what I saw and it was by far the best performance we've done at Goodison," said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

"We made a big step in our development that we can take these kind of games, even though they are really important for the opponent. We can put emotions to the side. It was for sure a nine-out-of-10 performance from each of the boys," added the German.

Liverpool are in third place on 31 points, a point behind Manchester City and two adrift of leaders Chelsea.

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