Everton: 3 key takeaways from the outstanding win against Liverpool

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Everton break the Anfield hoodoo after 22 years.

It was a fantastic night for Everton fans as they picked up their first Merseyside Derby win since 2010 and the Toffees’ first win at Anfield since 1999.

Everton fans were scared going into the game. It was understandable, but that fear was crushed within three minutes as James Rodriguez played a magical through ball, which was cleanly placed into the bottom corner by Richarlison to put . Liverpool were able to take control of the game after this, but the Reds weren’t able to create any chances that could trouble Jordan Pickford, who had a fantastic game.

After 30 minutes, Jordan Henderson seemed to pull his hamstring after trying to escape Abdoulaye Doucoure, the Liverpool captain then had to be substituted for Nathaniel Phillips, which gave Everton fans hope that Liverpool may fall off a bit without their leader on the pitch.

Liverpool continued to dominate the ball and create chances, but thanks to fantastic defensive performances. Everton were able to stop Jurgen Klopp’s side from getting a goal while also getting a few counter-attacking opportunities, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s substitution helping the Toffees a lot from Pickford’s goal kicks.

Everton were able to win a controversial penalty in the 83rd minute, with Trent Alexander-Arnold seemingly sticking his foot out after missing a sliding tackle, the argument could go both was if it was a penalty or not, but the referee gave the penalty after a VAR check which led to Gylfi Sigurdssson putting an ice-cold penalty in the back of the net to give the Toffees a 2-0 lead.

Here are three takeaways from the win in the Merseyside Derby:

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