Liverpool overcame the early sending-off of defender Sotiros Kyrgiakos to beat city rivals Everton 1-0 in a fiercely-contested Premier League Merseyside derby at Anfield on Saturday.
Kyrgiakos was red-carded for a challenge on Marouane Fellaini after 34 minutes but Liverpool won the game with a Dirk Kuyt header early in the second half.
In-form Everton rarely threatened an equaliser and also ended with 10 men after midfielder Steven Pienaar was sent off for a second yellow card in stoppage time.
Everton were unbeaten in nine league games since losing at home to Liverpool in November but the home side were also on a good run as they seek to claw their way back into the top four.
There was little in the way of good football on show from either side, however, as the game was fiery from the start with tackles flying in from both sides. It boiled over after 34 minutes when Fellaini and Kyrgiakos launched studs-up tackles at each other contesting a loose ball.
Like a double-knockout in boxing both men collapsed with shin injuries and both could have been sent off. However, it was the Greek international defender who saw red while Fellaini was carried off and took no further part.
He was replaced by Mikel Arteta, edging back to fitness after a lengthy absence following surgery on a knee injury.
Liverpool made the breakthrough 10 minutes into the second half when Kuyt headed in a Gerrard corner right under the nose of Everton keeper Tim Howard. The win took Liverpool to 44 points and into fourth place.