Everton secured a first Premier League win at Anfield in 22 years as goals from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson dealt a blow to Liverpool’s top-four hopes.
Richarlison opened the scoring in the third minute when he was played in on goal by James Rodriguez – the Brazilian driving a low finish across Alisson.
Jordan Pickford then made a number of important saves to deny Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah as the hosts tried desperately to get back level.
However, Dominic Calvert-Lewin was brought down inside the box late on and Sigurdsson confidently scored from the spot as Everton secured a famous win that moves them level on 40 points with the Reds.
Liverpool, with several players unavailable, also suffered a further injury setback as Henderson limped off in the first half.
Defeat for Liverpool continued the defending champions’ poor form in the Premier League as they have now lost their past four fixtures and are three points behind fourth-place Chelsea.
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- 19KabakBooked at 45mins
- 14HendersonSubstituted forPhillipsat 30′minutes
- 17JonesSubstituted forShaqiriat 63′minutes
- 6Thiago AlcántaraSubstituted forOrigiat 87′minutes
- 10ManéBooked at 67mins
- 76N Williams
- 21André GomesBooked at 41minsSubstituted forG Sigurdssonat 59′minutes
- 19RodríguezSubstituted forCalvert-Lewinat 62′minutes
- 7RicharlisonSubstituted forIwobiat 86′minutes
- 10G Sigurdsson
Match ends, Liverpool 0, Everton 2.
Second Half ends, Liverpool 0, Everton 2.
Attempt missed. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Offside, Liverpool. Nathaniel Phillips tries a through ball, but Mohamed Salah is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Nathaniel Phillips (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Jordan Pickford.
Attempt saved. Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Roberto Firmino.
Substitution, Liverpool. Divock Origi replaces Thiago.
Substitution, Everton. Alex Iwobi replaces Richarlison.
Xherdan Shaqiri (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Séamus Coleman (Everton).
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Ben Godfrey.
Attempt blocked. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Thiago.
Goal! Liverpool 0, Everton 2. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
VAR Decision: Penalty Everton.
Penalty conceded by Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) after a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty Everton. Dominic Calvert-Lewin draws a foul in the penalty area.
Attempt saved. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Séamus Coleman.
Foul by Nathaniel Phillips (Liverpool).
MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES
@Wilsonfooty: They’ve met at more crucial times in more successful seasons, but the 238th coming together of Liverpool and Everton sees both sides desperate for the kind of boost which a derby victory can bring.
Liverpool have won just two of their last 10 league games, and Everton only one of their past six.
Perhaps that urgent need for a lift might be good for the game? When backed into a corner Liverpool and Everton are likely to come out fighting.
It feels that this is more likely to be a passionate scrap – akin to October’s 2-2 draw – rather than a sterile exercise in suffocation, such as last season’s 0-0 draw at Goodison Park.
Neither Reds nor Blues need reminding that it’s more than 21 years since Everton won at Anfield, and 23 meetings in all competitions since Everton beat Liverpool anywhere.
That run must end sometime.
Everton have only taken one point from their past three games so they are hardly flying, but they seem to be far better away from home at the moment – and of course Liverpool have suddenly found it hard to get a result at Anfield, which is another reason Everton will fancy their chances.
You know Carlo Ancelotti’s side will be feisty and they have Dominic Calvert-Lewin back to lead their attack. If he plays, he will be a handful.
- Liverpool are unbeaten in the past 23 meetings in all competitions (W11, D12). It’s the longest run without defeat against an opponent in their history.
- Everton’s current 20-match winless streak against Liverpool in the top flight is their worst against a single opponent.
- This is the most drawn fixture in Premier League history, with 24 matches ending level.
- It has also produced a record 22 red cards.
- Liverpool have lost three consecutive league matches for the first time since November 2014.
- The Reds have only twice endured four Premier League defeats in a row: September 1993 and November to December 2002.
- The only reigning champions to lose more than three successive Premier League fixtures are Leicester City, who lost five in a row from January to February 2017.
- Liverpool have lost five of their eight Premier League games in 2021, as many as they lost in 72 matches in 2019 and 2020 combined.
- They could lose four home league matches in succession for only the second time in their history, having done so in 1923-24. No reigning top-flight champion has suffered four home league defeats in a row since Everton in 1928-29.
- Everton have only averaged a point per game from their eight league fixtures in 2021.
- Nonetheless, they are unbeaten in seven Premier League away matches (W5, D2) and can equal the club record of eight without defeat, achieved in 2010 and again in 2016.
- Only in their title-winning season of 1984-85 have the Toffees won more than seven of their opening 12 away fixtures of a league season.
- Dominic Calvert-Lewin needs one goal to equal Everton’s club record of scoring nine away goals in a Premier League season, set by Romelu Lukaku in both 2015-16 and 2016-17.