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3 talking points as Everton win their first Merseyside derby at Anfield after 22-years

Liverpool were handed a shocking defeat against Everton at Anfield as the Toffees managed to end their 22-year winless streak.

Liverpool fell to yet another home defeat at hands of Everton this time. The Reds who were undefeated at home against Everton in this century finally lost the record as the Toffees registered an impressive away win at Anfield to end their 22-year wait. Richarlison opened the scoring in the third minute after latching onto James Rodriguez‘s through-ball by slotting it into the bottom corner.

Everton had the better chances throughout the first half and Seamus Coleman should have added a second but his diving header was saved by Alisson Becker. Liverpool suffered another injury blow to one of their stand-in center-backs as Jordan Henderson limped off after clutching his hamstring with half an hour played.

The Reds improved in the second half but failed to find a way through Jordan Pickford – who had an excellent game for the visitors – and hardly fashioned a clear-cut chance. Gylfi Sigurdsson sealed a historic victory for Everton from the penalty spot after Dominic Calvert-Lewin was fouled in the box by Trent Alexander-Arnold on the counter-attack. The result leaves the two rivals level on points, though the Toffees have a game in hand and have the advantage in the race for a top-four finish.
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 After a panic start from kick-off that led to an Everton corner, James Rodriguez was gifted time and space to slot in Richarlison who placed his shot low and hard past Alisson. The goal was poor from a Liverpool viewpoint. Firstly, James was allowed far too much time and space to weigh his pass deep in the Reds territory.

Secondly, the Brazilian’s run was not tracked and the offside trap was nowhere to be seen. It was a goal that set the pace for the rest of the tie. It allowed Carlo Ancelotti’s men to execute their game plan to perfection, to sit in and frustrate the opposition throughout. After all the misery at home this year for Liverpool, an early goal was exactly what they didn’t need. But it’s what they got, and to be honest, they never recovered from there.