Everton fans will wish they were at Anfield as Liverpool nightmare goes on

It took 21 years and five months. Yet it will have felt like a lifetime for Everton fans. But finally they can celebrate a win at Anfield.

Kevin Campbell was the last man to score a winner here for the Toffees back in 1999.

Now at the 24th attempt they won here again thanks to a third-minute strike from Richarlison and a second-half penalty from Gylfi Sigurdsson for Carlo Ancelotti's men.

At last, the blue half of Merseyside can enjoy the bragging rights as they grabbed their first derby win home or away since 2010.

When Campbell fired home back in September 1999 he could see Blues fans celebrating on the Kop.

It's just a shame for Toffees fans they couldn't be in the ground to witness it after many miserable short trips across Stanley Park. Liverpool supporters will be glad they missed it.

The defending champions have lost four in a row at home and yet to taste victory here this year.

Unbelievable considering until January the Reds had an unbeaten run for three-and-a-half years on their own patch.

Now the Toffees are also level on points with their bitter rivals in the race for European qualification and even have a game in hand.

Something else you would never have predicted at the start of the campaign considering last term there was a 50-point gap between them.

To add to Liverpool's woes skipper Jordan Henderson joined their lengthy list of injured stars.

It was a windswept Anfield at kick-off as Everton started the game with a move more suited to rugby as they kicked for the corner.

But it won them a set-piece straight away and Ben Godfrey squandered a chance from it.

They were still ahead in the third minute, though. A cute pass from James Rodriguez put Richarlison in and he found the bottom corner.

The Brazilian had outpaced Ozan Kabak easily and it was clear the Toffees would continue to attack the January loan signing.

Liverpool looked to respond and Henderson forced Jordan Pickford to tip wide a volley.

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  • Virgil van Dijk watched on from behind the Liverpool dugout. The Dutchman was sitting out after a lunge by the Toffees keeper wrecked his knee and season when these sides met back in October at Goodison Park.

    Liverpool have suffered further defensive injuries since then to Joe Gomez and Joel Matip. But stand-in centre-back Henderson joined them in the treatment room as he was forced off before the half hour mark with what looked like a groin or hamstring issue.

    Nat Phillips replaced him to make it Liverpool's 18th central defensive partnership of the campaign as he slotted in alongside Kabak.

    Seamus Coleman had a great chance to double Everton's lead but he headed straight at Alisson after Lucas Digne found him with a great cross.

    Sadio Mane will have expected to do better with two headed chances after the restart.

    Mo Salah had been quiet but he got in behind the Everton defence with 20 minutes to go but Pickford pulled off a great save to deny him at point-blank range.

    But the game was sealed at the other end when a counter attack ended with Trent Alexander-Arnold upending sub Calvert-Lewin.

    And his fellow substitute Sigurdsson stepped up to slot home with seven minutes to go.

    Everton legend Duncan Ferguson couldn't contain his joy in a scene that was surely being repeated in many living rooms in the city.

    LIVERPOOL (4-3-3):Alisson 6; Alexander-Arnold 6, Kabak 5, Henderson 6 (Phillips 29, 6), Robertson 6; Thiago 6 (Origi 87), Wijnaldum 6, Jones 7 (Shaqiri 63, 6); Salah 6, Firmino 6, Mane 6. Subs: Adrian, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tsimikas, Davies, N Williams.

    EVERTON (5-3-2):Pickford 8; Coleman 7, Holgate 7, Keane 8, Godfrey 7, Digne 7; Doucoure 6, Davies 8, Gomes 6 (Sigurdsson 59, 7); Rodriguez 7 (Calvert-Lewin 62, 7), Richarlison 8 (Iwobi 86). Subs: Olsen, Allan, King, Nkounkou, Bernard, Onyango.

    REFEREE:Chris Kavanagh 7

    MOM:Jordan Pickford: Big saves under pressure to help Everton to victory.

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