By Alex Stevens
David Moyes condemned Everton’s display as “terrible” as they were annihilated by Liverpool in Jurgen Klopp’s first Merseyside derby.
The home side dominated the Anfield showdown from start to finish and could easily have won by far more than the 4-0 scoreline.
Liverpool had an astonishing 41 shots as goals from Divock Origi, Mamadou Sakho, substitute Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho secured a third consecutive win.
By contrast, Everton were well below par and had Ramiro Funes Mori sent off early in the second half for a horror tackle on Divock Origi that could rule the striker out of his team’s Europa League semi-final showdown.
“You can’t hide it, Everton were terrible tonight,” Moyes told Sky Sports afterwards. “They were really, really poor.
“I’m going to give a little bit of help – they really missed Seamus Coleman and Phil Jageilka. Things didn’t go well for them in the game with injuries to the centre-half and the sending-off and Gareth Barry coming off at half-tim, but that wasn’t the reason Everton lost.
“Liverpool were much better and Everton didn’t do well enough in the first half, simple as that. It made the job too difficult being 2-0 down at half-time.”
The result keeps Liverpool in with an outside chance of a top-four Premier League finish. They are seventh on 54 points, six points behind Arsenal in fourth while Everton are 11th on 41 points.
In other Liverpool news, ex-Everton midfielder Peter Reid slaughtered Funes Mori for his challenge on Origi.