Everton Under-21s suffered a 3-1 defeat against Liverpool Under-21s at Goodison Park on Thursday.
Harry Charsley’s close-range effort had given the Toffees the lead, before Ryan Kent equalised with a low shot that found the bottom corner after a searching run into Everton territory.
Kent’s second of the evening then put the visitors ahead, and Sheyi Ojo’s penalty ensured the win for Liverpool in the second mini-derby of the season.
The result leaves the young Blues in the relegation zone in a congested Barclays U21 Premier League table, but they could go above rivals Fulham should they record a positive result in their game in hand over the Cottagers.
Everton started the brighter, with Sam Byrne, Joe Williams and Tyias Browning going close with half chances in the opening exchanges.
The Toffees eventually took the lead on 24 minutes when David Henen, who was a dangerous attacking outlet before going off with an injury at half-time, found Ryan Ledson on the edge of the area.
The midfielder picked out Charsley with a deep cross and the Republic of Ireland youth international made no mistake in side-footing past Ryan Fulton to give the hosts a thoroughly-deserved lead.
That lead, however, lasted little more than a minute as Kent broke free down the centre of the park before unleashing a low drive into the bottom corner to restore parity.
The second half was, in the whole, a cagier affair – but it was Liverpool who would strike next with Kent’s second long-range effort of the evening finding its way in off the post with 20 minutes remaining.
Sheyi Ojo was then adjudged to have been fouled in the penalty area seven minutes later, and the substitute dusted himself off to take the penalty and seal victory for Mick Beale’s side.
Next up for Everton Under-21s is a trip to face Sunderland Under-21s on Monday 4 May, before a trip to West Ham United three days later.