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.
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
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