With local pride at stake at Goodison Park neither side were in any mood to back down as the hosts twice came from behind to secure a vital point.
Jurgen Klopp’s side flew out of the traps against their neighbours as Sadio Mane raced in behind to fire them ahead after three minutes
The visitors were almost handed a golden opportunity for a second two minutes later, but referee Michael Oliver made the first of a string of bizarre decisions.
Blues keeper Jordan Pickford clattered into Virgil van Dijk from a corner and despite the Liverpool’s screams for a penalty, Oliver pulled it back for an offside against the Dutchman.
That call knocked Liverpool’s first half focus as Everton grabbed an equaliser on 20 minutes.
With van Dijk off injured, there was no one to marshall the defence at a corner, and Michael Keane got up highest to bullet home.
The hosts then picked up the pace after the break with James Rodriguez beginning to pull the strings and Richarlison firing against the post.
And with the Blues unable to edge in front the ever efficient champions ruthlessly punished them.
Yerry Mina’s clearance on the edge of the box was a poor one and Mo Salah powered home the loose ball.
But despite the balance tipping in Liverpool’s favour, Everton have proved themselves to be a different beast this season as man of the moment Dominic Calvert-Lewin nodded them level.
However, with both sides going hammer and tongs in the final few minutes it was to be Oliver that decided the outcome.
He didn’t even blink before flashing a red card at Richarlison for scything down Thiago.
And with Klopp screaming on from the sidelines, skipper Jordan Henderson benefitted from another Pickford mistake to put the Reds in front.
But Oliver was determined to be the headline act as after long long VAR check he controversially ruled it out for a marginal offside.
FULL TIME AT A BREATHLESS GOODISON PARK IT’S EVERTON 2 LIVERPOOL 2