The Reds return to action was one of the most anticipated as the English top flight made its return last week, with a derby at Goodison the perfect setting.
But while the game proved to be less than entertaining, playing out to a 0-0 draw with few chances at either end, it still attracted record-breaking viewers.
This resulted in a peak of 5.5 million viewers for Sunday’s stalemate, with an average of five million over the 90 minutes, which makes it the most-watched Premier League game in UK history.
While there was an obvious attraction to the Merseyside derby, as a game which could have seen Liverpool take a big step towards the title at the expense of their neighbours, it being free-to-air clearly had a major role to play in it breaking the record.
Liverpool’s next game, at home to Crystal Palace on Wednesday night, could have similar ramifications but will not be free-to-air, and therefore it is likely there will be a drop in viewership.