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reds slump 'An easy touch' - Graeme Souness rips into Liverpool after shocking Everton defeat

Liverpool crash to a fourth successive home defeat for the first time since 1923

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Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool and Mohamed Salah of Liverpool look dejected after the defeat against Everton. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool and Mohamed Salah of Liverpool look dejected after the defeat against Everton. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool and Mohamed Salah of Liverpool look dejected after the defeat against Everton. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

It was an Anfield night that was 22 years in the making for Everton, with the scale of Liverpool's demise now threatening to overwhelm the outgoing Premier League champions.

Everton's 2-0 win was their first at Anfield this century and condemned Liverpool to a fourth successive home defeat for the first time since 1923, with the post-mortem certain to rumble on as Jurgen Klopp's side continue to slide towards an unimaginable position of finishing outside of the Premier League's top four.

There were echoes of Kevin Campbell’s early goal in 1999 when Richarlison scored in just the third minute and if there is one thing Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti knows what to do well it is setting up sides to hold onto leads.

Despite coming under mounting pressure the visitors held out and hit their hosts with an 83rd-minute sucker punch via Gylfi Sigurdsson’s penalty.

Victory, their first in 23 derbies, saw Everton draw level on 40 points with their seventh-placed hosts but with a match in hand.

On a night when Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson joined their ranks of injury players as he tweaked a groin in the first half, the home side lacked attacking spark again, with their former captain and manager Graeme Souness unforgiving in his assessment.

"That was a shadow of the Liverpool team," Souness declared on Sky Sports.

"As a Liverpool supporter, l am deeply disappointed by my team. It didn't look like they had any aggression, or fight or energy about them.

"Liverpool used to be horrible to play against. Now everybody wants to play against them. They are an easy touch. I hate to say it, but they are an easy touch.

"Fair play to Everton, the win was thoroughly-deserved. They set out to be hard to play against. Everton did the business, the defended when they had to, the goalkeeper made a couple of really good saves, and they deserved it. 2-0 doesn't flatter Everton. In all the areas that are important, they were better than Liverpool."

The emotions in the Everton camp were contrasting, with Toffees captain Seamus Coleman toasting a moment that saw him win for the first time at Anfield.

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Gylfi Sigurdsson of Everton celebrates after scoring his team's second goal at Anfield. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Gylfi Sigurdsson of Everton celebrates after scoring his team's second goal at Anfield. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Gylfi Sigurdsson of Everton celebrates after scoring his team's second goal at Anfield. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

"We are really happy, really pleased. After a long time Everton are able to win at Anfield, it is a good gift for our supporters," declared the Irishman.

"The performance was good, we were focussed, worked hard and when we had the opportunities we were clinical.

"A beautiful combination between Richarlison and James Rodriguez and that first goal helped us to have more confidence in this game.

"Jordan Pickford did really well and also the defence. When you come to Anfield you have to defend, they are still a fantastic team but we defended properly.

"We have three points, the derby is a special game as we said before but we have to catch three points at home too. It is not good enough at home."

Read John Aldridge's verdict on the Merseyside derby in this weekend's Sunday World.

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