Reds handed fourth straight loss by rivals

English Premier League

Liverpool succumbed to a fourth successive Premier League loss at Anfield after going down 2-0 to Everton in the Merseyside derby on Saturday evening.

Liverpool manager named an unchanged line-up from the win over RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, whilst Seamus Coleman replaced the injured Yerry Mina on the side of Everton.

The Toffees raced ahead inside two minutes after James Rodriguez threaded a ball outside the centre of the area for Richarlison to pick out the bottom-corner with a composed finish.

An immediate reply from the title holders appeared destined through a curling strike from a tight angle in the area by Mohamed Salah, but goalkeeper Jordan Pickford steered away.

Pickford was put to more work just before the midway point with a succession of saves from long-range efforts by skipper Jordan Henderson followed by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Henderson’s evening however came to an end right on the half-hour mark as he succumbed to a knock and had Nathaniel Phillips enter from the dugout.

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Liverpool still struggled to find joy whilst the Toffees edged towards a second, with a flying header from Coleman a little later following a cutback from the left.

A bright start to the second stanza from the defending champions followed after a header in the centre of the area from Sadio Mane forced a save off Pickford.

The Toffees continued to hold firm in the closing period despite seeing little in the way of offensive forays, as Mane went close again with another header and Salah with a close-range shot.

Liverpool’s evening was compounded nine minutes from time when Gylfi Sigurdsson beat Alisson Becker from the spot after Dominic Calvert-Lewin was brought down Alexander-Arnold.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side held their nerve towards the final whistle despite a late scare from Georginio Wijnaldum, as the Toffees claimed the bragging rights in the Merseyside derby at Anfield for the first time since 1999.