Everton 2-0 Liverpool: Toffees claim bragging rights in derby with severe ramifications

Everton’s historic win in Wednesday’s Merseyside derby has serious ramifications at both ends of the Premier League table, almost certainly bringing an end to Liverpool’s hopes of ending Jürgen Klopp’s tenure with silverware.

A goal in each half from Jarrad Branthwaite and Dominic Calvert-Lewin respectively handed the Toffees their first win over Liverpool at Goodison Park since 2010 – and not only did it deal a killer blow to the Reds title hopes, but it served to further distance Sean Dyche’s side from the drop zone.

As it happened

Looking to move level on points with Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table after their five-star victory against Chelsea on Tuesday, Liverpool were utterly outclassed by their cross-city rivals in the opening stages of this dramatic derby.

Jarrad Branthwaite handed Everton the lead they dearly deserved just before the half-hour mark on the night, slotting home from close range to stun Liverpool – and the realisation began to sink in that perhaps Jürgen Klopp’s tenure on Merseyside wouldn’t culminate with a fairytale ending after all.

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The Reds weren’t without their chances, and Everton were perhaps fortunate that Jordan Pickford looked to be in top form – but victory was sealed when Dominic Calvert-Lewin rose highest at the back post to nod home a Dwight McNeil corner delivery.

Klopp’s final Merseyside derby ended in a bitter defeat, and there is now every chance that Liverpool fans will be reminded of this match in a similar fashion to Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip in 2013/14.

The lineups

EVE: Pickford; Mykolenko, Branthwaite, Tarkowski, Godfrey; McNeil, Gueye, Garner, Harrison; Doucoure; Calvert-Lewin

LIV: Alisson; Robertson, van Dijk, Konaté, Alexander-Arnold; Jones, Mac Allister, Szoboszlai; Díaz, Núñez, Salah

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