Everton deal hammer blow to Liverpool's title hopes

24 Apr 2024
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Klopp's final Merseyside derby ends in 2-0 defeat as Toffees move eight points clear of relegation zone

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Liverpool’s Premier League title hopes were dealt a potentially fatal blow as they slumped to a 2-0 defeat to city rivals Everton in an exhilarating Merseyside derby.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin's header made sure of the Toffees’ victory – their first in a derby at Goodison Park since 2010 – after Jarrad Branthwaite had poked them ahead.

Luis Diaz came closest to launching a Liverpool comeback but struck the post, leaving Jurgen Klopp's side with just one win from their last four Premier League outings.

Defeat leaves the Reds three points behind league leaders Arsenal with four games left, with third-placed Manchester City yet to play, while Everton moved eight points clear of the relegation zone.

The title race

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
1 Man City MCI 38 +62 91
2 Arsenal ARS 38 +62 89
3 Liverpool LIV 38 +45 82
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How the match unfolded

Everton dominated the early stages and thought they had the chance to take the lead from the penalty spot after just six minutes. Alisson felled Calvert-Lewin in a one-on-one, but the striker was found to be offside in the build-up and the penalty was overturned after a VAR review.

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Everton penalty overturn v Liverpool

The Toffees looked particularly dangerous from free-kicks, and Liverpool were given a warning when Calvert-Lewin’s thumping header was parried by Alisson.

The Toffees took the lead in the 26th minute as the ball pinged around their box, with Branthwaite’s low shot eventually beating Alisson and spinning over the line off the inside of the post.

Branthwaite goal

Jordan Pickford made three big saves to keep Everton in front at the break, denying Darwin Nunez, Diaz and Andy Robertson as Liverpool rallied.

While the Reds also then made a bright start to the second half, they could not take their chances, and Calvert-Lewin punished them from a corner as he rose unmarked at the back post to thump a towering header into the bottom-left corner for his third goal in four matches.

Calvert-Lewin goal

Liverpool went closest to scoring in the 69th minute as Diaz's brilliant curler struck the right-hand post – the 22nd time Liverpool have hit the woodwork in the league this season.

Mohamed Salah also squandered a late chance, blazing over the bar from close range, to sum up a wasteful night in front of goal for the Reds as Everton held on for a potentially pivotal result at both ends of the table.

The relegation battle

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
16 Brentford BRE 38 -9 39
17 Nott'm Forest NFO 38 -18 32
18 Luton LUT 38 -33 26
19 Burnley BUR 38 -37 24
20 Sheffield Utd SHU 38 -69 16
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Title hopes extinguished?

For the 22nd time in all competitions this season, Liverpool were punished for a slow start as they conceded the opening goal.

Klopp, on his farewell tour, was aiming to become the first Reds manager to win 10 Premier League Merseyside derbies but instead suffered just his second loss against the Toffees (W9 D6).

It was just Liverpool’s second defeat in their last 27 games against Everton and, with Man City having two games in hand, it could have just ended their title challenge.

Dyche’s defence rallies

Each of Everton's last seven victories in the Premier League have been to nil, an impressive feat as they have failed to win any of their last 12 when conceding at least once.

They had to dig deep to get another vital three points in the relegation battle, keeping Liverpool at bay with impressive blocks from the brilliant Branthwaite, James Tarkowski and Ben Godfrey, as well as excellent saves from Pickford, who was on form to deny Harvey Elliott and Salah in the dying embers.

This win has also ended a run of 12 without a victory against Liverpool in the Premier League at home, which was their longest such run against any other opponent in their league history.

Nine days ago, Everton were thrashed 6-0 by Chelsea. Now, after just their second derby win in over 13 years, they are within touching distance of safety.

Club reports

Everton report | Liverpool report

Final Premier League fixtures
Key facts

Everton have beaten Liverpool at home in the Premier League for the first time since October 2010 (also a 2-0 win), ending their 12-game winless run in Merseyside derbies at Goodison Park (D9 L3 before tonight).

Liverpool have lost two of their last three Premier League games (W1), as many defeats as in their previous 42 matches in the competition combined (W28 D12).

Everton have won three of their last four Premier League games (L1), having failed to win any of their previous 13 league matches before this run (D6 L7).

Liverpool have gone 1-0 down in 15 different Premier League games this season. Only in 2022-23 (16) have they conceded first in more games in a single league campaign under Jürgen Klopp.

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