The Merseyside derby has always been more than a Premier League match, and sometimes current form plays no part in the result.
Liverpool had been flying heading into the contest at Anfield having scored 15 goals in their last three games in all competitions.
Everton had only just turned a corner with the arrival of Sam Allardyce as manager following a torrid run that dropped the club down towards the relegation zone.
On Sunday, the Reds dominated on home soil, while Everton failed to get out of their own half, especially in the first half when Mohamed Salah struck to put the hosts ahead.
Jurgen Klopp’s men failed to make the most of their chances, though, and a nudge on Dominic Calvert-Lewin from Dejan Lovren in the box gave the Toffees a penalty.
Wayne Rooney converted in the 77th minute and Allardyce’s men were able to see out the match in what could turn out to be a crucial draw for the men in blue.
Phil Neville spent eight years playing for the Toffees in his career, so combine that with his history at Manchester United and it becomes clear where the pundit’s loyalties lie.
Even though Everton did not win the match, the former England international suggested on Twitter that the bragging rights belonged to Goodison Park.
Merseyside is blue well done Big Sam and the boys
— Philip Neville (@fizzer18) December 10, 2017