Liverpool beat Everton 2-0 in the Merseyside derby at Anfield on Sunday in a result that could have a huge say in who wins the Premier League and who gets relegated.
Liverpool needed all three points to go back within one point of Manchester City at the top of the table. Meanwhile, Everton remained in the relegation zone after Burnley had earlier beaten Wolves.
But for 60 minutes, though, Everton’s gameplan was perfect.
From the first whistle, they frustrated Jurgen Klopp’s side.
They took their time with every set-piece and were happy to allow Liverpool to have the ball, breaking up play with niggly fouls.
Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was the orchestrator, delaying his every free-kick to the fury of home fans.
There was one moment, in particular, that angered Kopites.
In first half injury-time, Pickford comfortably caught a cross before falling to the ground in instalments. He smiled as the home fans complained about his time-wasting.
Jordan Pickford enjoyed that half…— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 24, 2022
A grin and a wink to the Liverpool supporters after Everton frustrate the hosts for the opening 45! 👀 pic.twitter.com/HgUpVle09y
But it came back to bite him.
After Andy Robertson and Divock Origi had put Liverpool 2-0 ahead, the match was over. Everton went in search of a consolation as Richarlison had an effort easily saved by Alisson – it was their first shot on target of the match.
After making the easy save, Alisson remembered what Pickford had done in the first half and fell slowly to the ground – to the delight of the Liverpool crowd. Even Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler and co-commentator Jamie Carragher saw the funny side of it.
Understandably, Liverpool fans are enjoying the cheeky moment from Alisson.
But now, it’s been made even better.
As with many dramatic moments down the years, fans have dubbed Titanic’s iconic song – ‘My Heart Will Go On’ by Celine Dion – over the top of it.
It just works perfectly.
VIDEO: Alisson’s ‘Pickford moment’ has been given the Titanic treatment
While the result was damaging for Everton’s survival hopes, Liverpool are back within one point of Manchester City in the title race.
Right now, they need to keep grinding out wins and hope that Manchester City slip up somewhere along the line.
But their thoughts will turn to the Champions League on Wednesday as they host Villarreal in the first leg of their semi-final. The Spanish side – like Everton – are likely to look to frustrate the Reds and remain in the tie ahead of the second leg.