Everton end derby drought
Everton won at Anfield for the first time since 1999 as they inflicted Liverpool’s fourth consecutive home defeat with a 2-0 derby win in the Premier League.
Richarlison ran onto a perfectly weighted James Rodriguez pass to put the visitors ahead after just three minutes, beating Alisson with a low drive.
The Toffees were well drilled and resilient and were rarely carved open by the hosts.
Jordan Pickford was flawless in goal and made an excellent finger-tipped save from a Jordan Henderson strike in the first half.
Liverpool’s best chance came in the second half when Salah got in behind the Everton backline but Pickford rushed out to deny the Egyptian.
With seven minutes remaining, Carlo Ancelotti’s side sealed a famous victory. Richarlison turned Nat Phillips and teed up substitute Dominic Calvert-Lewin. His shot was saved but, as he was about to strike the rebound, his leg was taken away by Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The referee pointed to the spot and Gylfi Sigurdsson calmly stroked his penalty into the bottom corner.
What it means
Everton are now level on points with Liverpool, but have a game in hand. Jurgen Klopp’s side remain sixth but are five points off the top four.
Everton have now won eight of their 12 away matches this season.
It was Everton’s first Merseyside derby win since 2010, in 24 attempts, while Liverpool have lost four consecutive home games for the first time since 1923.
Only Leicester City in 2016/17 with 21 points and Chelsea in 2015/16 with 30 points have had fewer points than Liverpool (40) after 25 games as defending Premier League champions.
Featured image: Gylfi Sigurdsson of Everton celebrates with teammates Ben Godfrey, Michael Keane, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Abdoulaye Doucoure after scoring his team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)