Liverpool. Good at football.
Everton. Not good at football.
Sometimes that’s all there is to it. A second string Liverpool side outplayed Everton’s best. That just feels like what happens. And it’s all because of what Jürgen Klopp has built.
“They played brave football”, Klopp said to BBC Sport of his side. Unbelievable individual performances from the kids and the adults as well.
”Adam Lallana - what a game, unbelievable. Joe Gomez - organising the whole defence for maybe the first time in his life.
”Sensational game and a sensational goal from a Scouser - who could ask for more? You cannot perform like the boys performed if you think you should not perform in that team.
”They all think like that. I am so happy they all showed up tonight. The only thing I didn’t want was a draw. We had to take some risks and it paid off.”
Curtis Jones, the goalscorer, spoke of similar joy upon the result.
“I just go out there and try and play my game”, Jones told BBC Sport.
”It’s been frustrating at times being on the bench and then getting a taste on the pitch and then being back on the bench.
”I’ve been basically begging to come on but hopefully I’ve topped it off with a good goal.
”I can’t sum up my emotions. For me it’s huge just being around this team every day and learning from this group of players. There are world-class players all over this team but I think I went out and showed what I could do on the pitch.”
You know the old Bill Shankly line about there being two great teams in the city - Liverpool and Liverpool reserves. It was tongue in cheek then, but somehow at this point, in 2020, it feels like it’s actually true.