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Football: Liverpool boost top-four bid with derby rout

Published on Jan 29, 2014 6:26 AM

LIVERPOOL (AFP) - Daniel Sturridge's brace handed Liverpool the Merseyside bragging rights with a 4-0 victory over Everton in the Premier League on Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014, that maintained their Anfield derby dominance.

Everton have not won at Liverpool since 1999 and the 222nd meeting between the two sides - both previously unbeaten in the league in 2014 - was effectively over by half-time, with Liverpool three goals up.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said in his programme notes that this derby had "double significance", with vital points in the race to qualify for the Champions League at stake in addition to local pride.

But the Northern Irishman could probably not have envisaged the clinical manner in which his team would blow Roberto Martinez's men away, with a double from Sturridge and one each for captain Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez.

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