Everton 2-0 Liverpool: Reds’ title hopes hit by Merseyside defeat.

Everton 2-0 Liverpool: Reds’ title hopes hit by Merseyside defeat.

Sean Dyche’s side secured a 2-0 victory, with goals from Jarrad Branthwaite and Dominic Calvert-Lewin in each half, effectively securing their place in the top-flight by moving eight points clear of 18th-placed Luton with four matches remaining.

Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp’s “last dance” at Liverpool took a sour turn as his team suffered their first defeat across Stanley Park.

This loss followed their recent exit from the Europa League, adding to the disappointment. Talks of a quadruple just a month ago now seem far-fetched as Liverpool’s form falters, leaving Arsenal and Manchester City to contend for the top spot.

Everton’s victory, their second in the last 30 encounters, will be particularly satisfying for fans. The win, coupled with a third successive home league victory for the first time since September 2021, provides much-needed relief and a sense of achievement.

They dominated physically, with Ibrahima Konate struggling against Calvert-Lewin, who was a last-minute inclusion.

Liverpool faced challenges across the pitch, with Alexis Mac Allister losing possession regularly in midfield and the front three failing to make an impact.

Everton’s positive play nearly paid off early on with a penalty, which was later rescinded after VAR ruled Calvert-Lewin offside. The hosts eventually took the lead through Branthwaite’s goal, capitalizing on Liverpool’s defensive error from a free-kick.

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