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Everton 2-0 Liverpool: Jarrad Branthwaite and Dominic Calvert-Lewin dent Reds' Premier League title hopes

Report and free highlights as Everton severely damage Liverpool's Premier League title hopes with a 2-0 win at Goodison Park; Jarrad Branthwaite and Dominic Calvert-Lewin were on target; Jamie Carragher: "This is the end of the title run for Liverpool."

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Highlights from Everton's match against Liverpool in the Premier League

Everton inflicted a potentially fatal blow to Liverpool's Premier League title hopes and took a huge step towards safety with a deserved 2-0 win over their Merseyside rivals at Goodison Park.

Liverpool, needing a win in Jurgen Klopp's final derby as manager to move level on points with leaders Arsenal, were second-best throughout as the excellent hosts claimed their first Premier League home win over the Reds since October 2010.

Jarrad Branthwaite hit the opener midway through the first half following a ferocious opening spell from Sean Dyche's side, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin capitalising on more poor Liverpool defending to head in their second from a corner after half-time.

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Jarrad Branthwaite gave Everton the lead in the first half

Liverpool were unable to cope with Everton's set-piece threat and, at the other end, they were beset by familiar finishing issues as Darwin Nunez, Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah wasted chances.

Misfiring forwards have cost Liverpool big this season
Image: Misfiring forwards have cost Liverpool big this season

The defeat leaves Klopp's side three points behind Arsenal in second place with only four games to play and means Manchester City, who have two games in hand, can move two points above them with a win over Brighton, live on Sky Sports on Thursday.

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin added the second with a towering header

Everton, meanwhile, now sit eight points clear of the relegation zone in 16th place, Premier League safety within their reach as they celebrate a memorable Merseyside derby triumph.

The five-way relegation fight
Image: The five-way relegation fight

How Everton stunned sloppy Liverpool

Everton came into the game having not even scored in any of the last four Merseyside derbies but their determination to change the record was obvious from the outset.

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Team news

  • Dominic Calvert-Lewin was fit to start despite picking up a knock in Everton's win over Nottingham Forest. James Garner and Ben Godfrey came into the team.
  • Jurgen Klopp made six changes from Liverpool's win at Fulham, with Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez and Alexis Mac Allister among those coming back in.

The excellent Calvert-Lewin saw an early penalty award overturned for offside following a VAR check, but that disappointment did not affect the hosts, who continued to tear into Liverpool in transition and bombard their penalty area from set-pieces.

Ben Godfrey cleared a Salah cross-shot off the line in one of few awkward moments at the other end of the pitch, but Everton soon made a deserved breakthrough when Branthwaite stabbed a low finish over the line after Liverpool had failed to clear a free-kick.

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Ben Godfrey makes goal-saving challenge

Alisson had already bailed his side out once at that point, making a close-range save from Calvert-Lewin, who was bullying Liverpool centre-backs Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konate. It was only after the goal that the visitors were able to gain any kind of foothold.

Player ratings

Everton: Pickford (9), Godfrey (8), Tarkowski (8), Branthwaite (8), Mykolenko (7), Gueye (8), Garner (7), Doucoure (7), Harrison (8), McNeil (8), Calvert-Lewin (9).

Subs: Young (7), Onana (6), Chermiti (n/a).

Liverpool: Alisson (6), Alexander-Arnold (6), Van Dijk (5), Konate (4), Robertson (6), Szoboszlai (5), Jones (5), Mac Allister (6), Diaz (6), Nunez (4), Salah (4).

Subs: Endo (6), Elliott (6), Quansah (6), Tsimikas (6), Gomez (6).

Player of the Match: Dominic Calvert-Lewin

Their problem was a familiar one, though, as their finishing once again let them down. Nunez was the main culprit, shooting straight at Jordan Pickford when put through on goal, while Diaz and Andrew Robertson were also denied before the break.

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Wasteful Nunez fires straight at Pickford

Everton, emboldened by those wasted chances, came out for the second half with fresh intensity and Calvert-Lewin's towering header from Dwight McNeil's corner nearly lifted the roof off the stadium.

Liverpool tried to muster a response, going closest when Diaz cracked a diagonal effort off the post, but they could find no way past the superb Pickford despite racking up 27 shots on goal.

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Luis Diaz rattles the woodwork as Liverpool search for a goal at Goodison

The result never really looked in doubt for Everton, despite those Liverpool efforts to reduce the deadlock, and Goodison Park erupted for a third time when the final whistle sounded, leaving Klopp and his players to reflect on a result which may well prove terminal to their hopes of finishing the campaign as champions.


Carra: This is the end of Liverpool's title run

Sky Sports' Jamie Carragher:

"It's Everton's night. You have to give it to them. You have to accept that as a Liverpool fan.

"This is the end of the title run for Liverpool. It almost feels like the end. They just have to make sure they finish the season strongly.

Mohamed Salah during the 2-0 defeat to Everton
Image: Mohamed Salah was poor at Goodison Park

"They had enough chances in the game but at the moment they are not clinical enough in both boxes.

"I don't think you can get too angry with the team or Jurgen Klopp. It's been a great ride and a great journey. But tonight is Everton's night and you have to take it on the chin."

Carra critical of Nunez, Salah

Jamie Carragher added: "The chance Nunez misses is unforgivable at this level. It's not acceptable when you're going for a title.

“I thought Liverpool were in control at the start of the second half and if they got one they'd get two. And then Mohamed Salah gave the ball away that led to the Everton corner.

“He has looked a shadow of himself for a lot of this season especially since he's come back from injury. He is Liverpool's legend, superstar. But he has been so far off it."

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Jamie Carragher criticised Darwin Nunez's finishing as the Uruguayan striker missed a golden chance against Everton during Liverpool's 2-0 loss in the Merseyside derby

Klopp: I can only apologise to everyone

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to Sky Sports: "I'm very disappointed. We let it become the game Everton wanted. Two goals from set pieces. They are really strong. But we created a lot and didn't score.

"Then in the second half we were emotional and in a rush, not really clear enough. Then we concede a second goal with a routine they do the whole season - we knew the ball was going there we just didn't defend it well enough.

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp issued an apolgy for his side's poor performance

"It was free-kick after free-kick. That was part of the story. But we weren't good enough.

"I didn't expect that performance but it happened. It's not the greatest moment we're in but you have to fight through it, use your moments to get your momentum.

"I can only apologise to everyone who is with us - it's hard for us but I know for our people it is especially hard. We should've done better but we didn't and that's why we lost."

Van Dijk: Everyone has to look in the mirror

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Virgil van Dijk fumed at Liverpool's performance after losing 2-0 to Everton in the Merseyside derby.

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk to Sky Sports: "Very disappointed in so many ways. I think everyone has to look in the mirror, look at their own performance and if they really gave everything. Do they really want to win the league?

"We are fighting, there are games after tonight, but play like we did overall in the game like today... not winning challenges and giving the ref an opportunity to give a free-kick like he did many times, then you have no chance to win a title.

"It's a tough one and we need to do much better against a side that's (fighting) relegation. We had clear-cut chances in the first half that we should have scored but we weren't good enough and it starts with the fight. We can't let the season go out like this."

Dyche lauds 'outstanding' Calvert-Lewin

Everton boss Sean Dyche to Sky Sports: "I thought Dominic was outstanding tonight. We have been trying to get him back to where he needs to be and I think he showed it tonight.

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Sean Dyche was delighted with his Everton team's 2-0 victory in the Merseyside derby over Liverpool and hailed Dominic Calvert-Lewin's performance

"He gets a goal and nearly nicks one on the line. I love that about strikers, trying to get it over the line, and I think that's when he is at his best, when he is showing that energy to find that goal.

"The second was a great header but I thought, amongst many others, he was outstanding."

He added: "Jordan Pickford made some big saves in the first half. It's rare you stop these sides having chances so you need moments yourself. It's hard to pick out one or two.

"We spoke about the desire and the energy of the team and the physical side of the game. The lads did it on Sunday and they'll have to do it again. That's the challenge."

Calvert-Lewin, Pickford delight at 'special' win

Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin to Sky Sports: "Pressure is a privilege and it's my responsibility to carry that.

"It's nice when you work hard and get the reward with a goal. It's extra special in a local derby. I know what it means to the fans and myself. It's a great result - we needed three points. Everything came together tonight.

"The atmosphere was extra special. Electric. It hasn't been like that for a while. To do that on a night like that is a great experience and memory. We'll kick-on now."

Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin celebrates after scoring his side's second goal
Image: Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin celebrates his goal

Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford to Sky Sports: "It's my first experience winning that derby at home.

"Great atmosphere, great application from the lads. A deserving and massive win. Hard work pays off.

"You have to put the hard yards in. Dom is grafting up there by himself and he gets the rewards with a goal. A clean sheet, a great team effort."


Liverpool's costly dip - Opta stats

  • Liverpool have lost two of their last three Premier League games, as many defeats as in their previous 42 matches in the competition combined (W28 D12).
  • 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).
  • Everton led Liverpool in a Premier League game at Goodison Park for the first time since November 2013 (a 3-3 draw), while this was the first time they have gone 1-0 up against Liverpool at home in the competition since October 2010 (a 2-0 win).
  • 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 Jurgen Klopp.
  • Dominic-Calvert Lewin has scored three goals in his last four Premier League games for Everton, as many as in his previous 28 appearances in the competition.

What's next?

Everton are back at Goodison Park on Saturday when they host Brentford, live on Sky Sports. Kick-off 5.30pm. Everton feature on Sky Sports again on Friday May 3 for their trip to relegation rivals Luton. Kick-off 8pm.

Liverpool head to West Ham on Saturday with kick-off at 12.30pm. They return to Anfield on Sunday May 5 to host Tottenham, live on Sky Sports. Kick-off 4.30pm.

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