For Liverpool, rivalry with Everton is matter of history not a current concern | Jonathan Liew

Home team rested key players at Anfield, underperformed all over the pitch and treated game like a perfunctory training session

A rivalry is only really a rivalry if both protagonists want the same thing. They don’t have to be evenly matched, but they do need to share a target. Think Richard III and Henry VII. Ali and Foreman. Girls Aloud and One True Voice. Alas, it’s been a while since this was the case on Merseyside. Liverpool v Everton may be a treasured heritage fixture. But as these 90 skittish, uneven minutes demonstrated, it’s no longer much more than that.

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