Everton player ratings as three score perfect 10 in famous Liverpool victory

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 24: Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Liverpool FC at Goodison Park on April 24, 2024 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

A superb display gave Everton their first Merseyside Derby on home turf since October 2010 as they beat Liverpool 2-0.

Blues fans mocked their neighbours by chanting "you lost the league at Goodison Park" after goals from Jarrad Branthwaite and Dominic Calvert-Lewin either side of the break gave Sean Dyche’s side a richly-deserved three points to hand defeat to Jurgen Klopp on his last trip across Stanley Park.

And here is how we rated the Everton players at a magical night at Goodison...

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Jordan Pickford 10

Superb cool showing under pressure, he made a couple of smart saves with his legs to deny Nunez and Diaz then a low block to keep out Robertson then after the break he tipped over the bar to deny Elliott and palmed away a stoppage time effort from Salah.

Ben Godfrey 9

One of his most-impressive ever displays at full-back, he made some crucial interceptions, most notably to meet a Salah cross before Nunez and then put a big challenge in on the Uruguayan while going close with a back post header then went wide.

Vitalii Mykolenko 9

Carried on from his impressive marshalling of Mohamed Salah at Anfield by keeping Liverpool’s main danger man quiet but picked up an injury late in the first half and was withdrawn at the interval and while eagle-eyed readers might note he ‘only’ had an 8 at that point, he has to be bumped up with everyone else.

James Tarkowski 9

Colossal display from the captain, making a string of well-timed interceptions and cool clearances under pressure, throwing his body at the ball on numerous occasions.

Jarrad Branthwaite 10

Etched himself into Merseyside Derby folklore to take this impressive breakthrough season for him to another level, the young centre-back, who has already netted against Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton & Hove Albion this calendar year, grabbed by far his most-significant goal so far with a cool, low finish that was too hot for Alisson to handle and was also assured at the back.

Idrissa Gueye 9

Ran himself into the ground for 75 minutes with another all-action display in the engine room from one of Sunday’s heroes, he was everywhere, doing what he does best.

James Garner 9

In for Andre Gomes, the young Merseysider brought some added bite and energy in the middle for the derby battle to unsettle Liverpool’s title challengers.

Abdoulaye Doucoure 9

Ran his heart out and was always an option for his team-mates in the thick of the action with his athleticism while playing it smart.

Jack Harrison 9

Industrious in both attack and defence, he played a delightful ball through to Calvert-Lewin for the penalty that was overturned by VAR and put in a heck of a shift down the right flank.

Dwight McNeil 9

A threat with his set-piece deliveries as shown by his inch-perfect in-swinging corner-kick to find Calvert Lewin for the second goal, he’d earlier tested Alisson from distance and often took a touch just to calm things down and spray a pass when surrounded by chaos.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin 10

Terrific far post header at the Gwladys Street End to double Everton’s lead after being denied from close range by Alisson in the first half, having been chopped down by the Brazilian for the penalty that never was.

Ashley Young (on 46 for Mykolenko) 9

Put his disastrous derby debut at Anfield behind him with a solid showing after Everton’s only recognised left-back was forced off.

Amadou Onana (on 75 for Gueye) 9

Intelligent and composed display in the latter stages.

Youssef Chermiti (on 90 for Calvert-Lewin)

The teenager came on in stoppage team to enable Everton’s number nine to be given a standing ovation as he made way.