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

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

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

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)

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

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