Cody Gakpo scores first Liverpool goal to sink Everton
Cody Gakpo scored his first Liverpool goal as the Reds returned to winning ways in the Merseyside derby to leave Everton rooted in the relegation zone.
Mohamed Salah fired Jurgen Klopp’s side ahead after a blistering counter-attack moments after James Tarkowski headed against the post at the other end.
Liverpool sealed the points when Gakpo – who joined from PSV Eindhoven last month – scored from close range.
Everton stay 18th in the table, one point from safety.
Liverpool’s first league win of 2023 lifts them above Chelsea into ninth, nine points off fourth-placed Newcastle who they visit on Saturday.
This was a much-needed win for Klopp and his players after poor league defeats to Brentford, Brighton and Wolves in January as well as an FA Cup exit at Brighton.