Liverpool gave a usually resilient Everton side a convincing slaying at Anfield on Tuesday, January 28 as a first half strike from Steven Gerrard and a Daniel Sturridge brace effectively put the result beyond reach for the visitors, while Luis Suarez added a killer blow in the 50th minute.
The 4-0 victory did not flatter Liverpool, who continued their push for a top four spot in the Premier League in style, with Tim Howard putting in a good performance for the first 20 minutes as the American glovesman was forced to deny efforts from Jordan Henderson, Suarez and Raheem Sterling.
In total, Liverpool attempted 20 shots, nine of which were on target, while Sturridge had a chance to complete a hat-trick - and earn Liverpool's fifth goal of the night - but he blasted his penalty kick high.
The amount of chances the Reds had was not lost on manager Brendan Rodgers who quipped to Sky Sports after the match that Liverpool could have won by seven goals, as there perhaps should have been two or three more goals.
'We were clinical in front of goal,' said the Ulsterman. 'We scored four and could have had arguably two or three more. It was a brilliant win for us and I'm delighted for everyone.'
Rodgers continued: 'I'm delighted for the players and obviously the supporters. I know that feelings run high here on Merseyside for the derby games. It was a brilliant team performance. There was good defensive organisation. We were outstanding on the counter attack and we controlled our spaces really well.'
His opposite number last night, Roberto Martinez, who witnessed only his third Premier League defeat as Everton boss, conceded: 'We were not at our best… We lost our concentration, lost our usual shape and it was unlike us.'
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