Everton suffered a huge blow in their bid for a top-four finish as they suffered more derby woe against Liverpool, who move up to third.
Liverpool continued their Merseyside derby dominance over Everton with a 3-1 victory at Anfield on Saturday, a result that could have big implications in the race for Champions League football.
Sadio Mane, who scored a last-minute winner at Goodison Park in the reverse fixture, struck early on with his 13th Premier League goal of the season.
Defender Matthew Pennington, playing in his first Everton match of the season, responded for the visitors just before the half-hour mark but Philippe Coutinho promptly restored the hosts’ lead with a wonderful finish.
Liverpool lost Mane to injury after the break, although that did not damage Jurgen Klopp’s men, Divock Origi striking within four minutes of coming on to replace him to seal a crucial victory and star man Coutinho providing the assist.
The win sees Liverpool move above Manchester City and into third place after their fourth straight top-flight home victory.
They remain unbeaten against city rivals Everton since 2010 and have not suffered defeat in an Anfield derby since 1999.
Klopp has become the first Liverpool manager to win three straight league derbies, with the Reds moving nine points clear of Everton – who suffered just their second league loss of the calendar year – in seventh spot.