Photos: Best of the pictures from Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Everton

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Liverpool picked up a richly-deserved 3-1 victory over Everton on Saturday, as the Reds earned the bragging rights in the 228th Merseyside derby.

Although simply winning a derby is always of huge importance, Jurgen Klopp‘s side knew how vital three points were in terms of the top-four battle.

Many were tipping Everton to get at least a draw at Anfield, but they were comprehensively outplayed by a resurgent Liverpool side.

There was a superb minute’s applause pre-match as Anfield remembered Ronnie Moran with a mosaic on the Kop.

Liverpool fans pay their resepects to former club captain and boot room icon Ronnie 'Bugsy' Moran before the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.

After a tight opening to the game, Sadio Mane once again outlined his brilliance with a superb solo run and finish. It was his 13th goal in 29 appearances from out wide, in what has been a great first season on Merseyside.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 1, 2017: Liverpool's Sadio Mane scores the first goal against Everton during the FA Premier League match, the 228th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 1, 2017: Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the first goal against Everton during the FA Premier League match, the 228th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 1, 2017: Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the first goal against Everton during the FA Premier League match, the 228th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 1, 2017: Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the first goal against Everton during the FA Premier League match, the 228th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The battle between the two sides was as intense as ever, but the Reds kept the dangerous Romelu Lukaku incredibly quiet. Dejan Lovren, in particular, was magnificent in thwarting him time and time again.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 1, 2017: Liverpool's James Milner and Dejan Lovren in action against Everton's Romelu Lukaku during the FA Premier League match, the 228th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

After young Everton defender Matthew Pennington brought Liverpool’s rivals level, Philippe Coutinho‘s majestic curled effort quickly restored the Reds’ lead.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 1, 2017: Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Correia celebrates scoring the second goal against Everton during the FA Premier League match, the 228th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The celebration with Mane and Roberto Firmino was glorious……

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 1, 2017: Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Correia celebrates scoring the second goal against Everton with team-mate Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino during the FA Premier League match, the 228th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Sadly, Mane’s second-half injury was a rare negative on a memorable day for Klopp’s men, with the Senegalese speedster potentially out for a significant amount of time.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 1, 2017: Liverpool's Sadio Mane injured during the FA Premier League match, against Everton the 228th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With nerves jangling inside Anfield, Mane’s replacement Divock Origi scored soon after coming on, firing home emphatically in front of the Kop.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 1, 2017: Liverpool's Divock Origi celebrates scoring the third goal against Everton during the FA Premier League match, the 228th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 1, 2017: Liverpool's Divock Origi celebrates scoring the third goal against Everton during the FA Premier League match, the 228th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It was a great day at the office for Liverpool, and we can now sit back and see how their rivals get on during the rest of the weekend.

Champions League football is feeling more likely after that.

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