FULL TIME: Everton 2 – 0 Liverpool

Goals from Jarrad Branthwaite and Dominic Calvert-Lewin gave Everton a huge 2-0 victory over rivals Liverpool in the Merseyside derby in front of a raucous Goodison Park.

The result propels Sean Dyche’s side even further away from the relegation zone. With four games to go they are eight points clear of Luton Town. At the other end of the table it is a hammer blow for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Everton took a giant step towards Premier League survival and dealt neighbours Liverpool’s title hopes a near fatal blow with a deserved 2-0 victory at Goodison Park.

The Toffees saw an early penalty award overturned by VAR but took the lead on 27 minutes when Jarrad Branthwaite squeezed a shot underneath Alisson and in off the post after a comedy of errors in the visiting defence.

Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz all blew big chances as the Reds’ recent profligacy continued before Dominic Calvert-Lewin was left unmarked to nod home a right-wing corner on 58 minutes.

Diaz struck the post as the visitors desperately pushed for a way back into it but they were second best throughout and slumped to a fourth league loss of the season.

The result sees Liverpool remain in second spot, three points off leaders Arsenal with just four games to play. Manchester City are a point behind with two games in hand, leaving Klopp’s men needing some major favours to have any chance of ending the season in top spot.

The rare derby victory ensures 16th-placed Everton move eight points clear of the drop zone with just four games to play in what was Sean Dyche’s first all-Merseyside clash on home turf.

Liverpool must now bounce back at West Ham on Saturday to avoid seeing their final season under Klopp peter out with a disappointing finale. Everton host 15th-placed Brentford knowing they are close to securing their Premier League status.

 

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