Wednesday 11 December 2013
Lee Carsley struck in the 68th minute to give Everton their first Merseyside derby win over Liverpool for five years.
The midfielder hammered the ball home from 20 yards past the helpless Chris Kirkland after a good pass by Leon Osman.
It stretched the Toffees' unbeaten run in the Barclays Premier League to five matches and moved them up to second in the table - 12 points clear of seventh-placed Liverpool.
Both sides missed good chances before Carsley decided the match. Tim Cahill headed wide from close range after a cross by Marcus Bent in the 21st minute while 11 minutes later at the other end, Neil Mellor's header inside the six-yard box was well saved by Nigel Martyn with Alan Stubbs completing the clearance. Just after half-time, Liverpool's Salif Diao shot just over the bar.
Immediately after Everton took the lead, Cahill almost doubled the advantage when his effort was cleared off the line by John Arne Riise.
Steven Gerrard had the chance to equalise in the 75th minute but he shot wide with Martyn stranded. In injury-time, Cahill cleared the ball off the line as Liverpool piled on the pressure - and that confirmed the victory.
"This win is very satisfying," said Everton manager David Moyes. "That surely shows the progress this club has made with a tremendously committed bunch of players who are really working for each other. It was another great day."
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez added: "I felt we had enough chances to be ahead at the break, but in tight games like this you have to score them. They scored and we didn't - that was the difference."
Everton finished fourth at the end of the season - three points and one place ahead of Liverpool. The Toffees' excellent campaign was rewarded with a place in the UEFA Champions League qualification stages, and it was their best ever Premier League finish.
The Reds also secured their passage to Europe's elite competition for the following campaign as they lifted the UEFA Champions League trophy after a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over Italian giants AC Milan in the final.