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Graeme Souness calls Liverpool an ‘easy touch’ after Everton defeat


Souness was less than impressed with his former side (Picture: Sky Sports)

Graeme Souness labelled Liverpool an ‘easy touch’ after their 2-0 defeat to local rivals Everton in Saturday’s Merseyside derby.

The Toffees ended a 22-year run without a Premier League win at Anfield as Liverpool slipped to their fourth straight home loss for the first time since 1923.

Richarlison opened the scoring for the Toffees inside three minutes as he rifled in James Rodriguez’s expert through ball.

Sigurdsson’s penalty wrapped up the victory for the Toffees (Picture: Getty Images)

The Reds improved after the break but couldn’t find a way past Jordan Pickford, and Gylfi Sigurdsson’s controversial penalty with seven minutes of normal time remaining wrapped up a historic victory for Everton.

Having lost their last four Premier League games on the spin, Jurgen Klopp’s champions are down in sixth place in the table, and Liverpool legend Souness feels his former side have become ‘an easy touch’.

‘It was a shadow of a Liverpool team,’ Souness told Sky Sports.

‘Fair play to Everton, Kabak was ball watching [for Everton’s opener], he doesn’t know where Richarlison is, he doesn’t look to be the quickest, Kabak.

‘Richarlison gets it out of his feet, two touches and it’s in the back of the net, it’s a good finish.

‘It was thoroughly deserved by Everton, they were set out to be hard to play against, Liverpool had 71 per cent of the ball but it was tippy tappy football most of the time.

‘Whereas they did the business Everton, defended when they had too. Jordan Pickford made a couple of really good saves and they deserved it.

‘As a Liverpool supporter I’m deeply disappointed with my team, they didn’t look like they had any energy or real fight or real aggression about them and the best team got the points today.

‘There’s no Liverpool player who can come off there and think, ‘I’ve had a good game tonight’.

‘When you think what Liverpool have been for three years, a team that nobody wanted to play against, a team that were always on the front foot, super aggressive, must’ve been horrible to play against them, now everyone wants to play against them.

‘They’re an easy touch, that hurts me to say that.’


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