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Liverpool remain in the mire after Merseyside derby defeat

Liverpool may have won a famous court victory this week but on the pitch were it matters they failed again, losing 2-0 in the Merseyside derby to Everton at Goodison Park. Everton fully deserved their victory with goals in each half from Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta and will be delighted that their local rivals remain in the Premiership bottom three.

Liverpool barely rose above the mediocre as the Toffees comfortably claimed the spoils against a Reds outfit who showed little urgency considering the passionate nature of this clash.

Fernando Torres and Joe Cole went close for the visitor's but overall even the energetic prompting of Steven Gerrard was not enough as Everton rarely looked in trouble.

Tim Cahill opened the scoring just after the half hour with a stinging shot, then just after the break the points were sealed as Mikel Arteta fired home from 20 yards.

Liverpool did try and step up the pressure but, by the end of 90 minutes, Everton were comfortable winners.

Everton scorers: Cahill 34, Arteta 50 Liverpool scorers:

Referee: Howard Webb

Venue: Goodison Park Attendance: 39,673

EVERTON 24 Howard 03 Baines 05 Heitinga (Hibbert 72) 06 Jagielka 15 Distin 18 Neville 23 Coleman 10 Arteta (Beckford 74 (yellow card) 17 Cahill (yellow card) 21 Osman (Bilyaletdinov 46) 22 Yakubu

Substitutes 01 Mucha, 02 Hibbert, 30 Shkodran Mustafi, 07 Bilyaletdinov, 16 Beckford, 19 Magaye Gueye, 37 Baxter

LIVERPOOL 25 Reina 03 Konchesky 16 Kyrgiakos 23 Carragher 37 Skrtel 04 Raul Meireles (yellow card) 08 Gerrard 10 Cole (Babel 79) 17 Maxi (yellow card) (Jovanovic 84) 21 Lucas (Ngog 71) 09 Torres (Yellow card)

Substitutes 01 Jones, 06 Aurelio, 34 Kelly, 26 Spearing, 14 Jovanovic, 19 Babel, 24 Ngog

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