Liverpool under-23s overcame Everton in the mini-derby at Kirkby on Sunday after netting the winning goal within 90 seconds of kick-off.
Jake Cain gave Barry Lewtas’ side the dream start to their Premier League 2 campaign as he drilled home inside the penalty area, catching the visitors cold.
Both teams had further chances but Caoimhin Kelleher produced a stunning double-save to keep Liverpool in the lead before half-time.
Curtis Jones was in attendance to watch his team-mates after featuring in the win over Leeds United at Anfield on Saturday but it was Everton who started the second period on the front-foot.
Josh Bowler – who spent last season on loan at Hull City – had a penalty appeal turned down before Conor Bradley stopped Ellis Simms with a smart tackle inside the penalty area.
Rhys Williams missed an opportunity to give Liverpool breathing space and Nathan Broadhead curled an effort wide for Everton, who then watched Simms be denied by Kelleher.
An end-to-end finale proved fruitless for David Unsworth as he watched his side fall to a narrow defeat.
Liverpool were captained by Ben Woodburn – believed to be closing in on a move to Dutch outfit Sparta Rotterdam – while Beni Baningime led Everton out.
Liverpool: Kelleher, Bradley, Clayton, Williams, Savage, Clarkson, Bearne, Woodburn, Longstaff, Cain, Millar.
Subs: Jaros, Sharif, Beck, Dixon-Bonner, O’Rourke
Everton: Tyrer, John, Connolly, Ouzounidis, Astley, Bowler, Baningime, Iversen, Adeniran, Broadhead, Simms
Subs: Leban, Anderson, Hughes, Higgins, Price