Steven Gerrard tasted his first success in a derby as Liverpool U18s manager, but admitted it wasn’t quite the same as when he was a player.
However, he took great pride from the performance of his players in the 3-1 win.
Having dominated possession the junior Reds found themselves behind to Everton striker Anthony Gordon’s goal just before half-time at a rain-swept Kirkby academy.
However, with 20 minutes remaining two goals from 16-year-old Curtis Jones, one a brilliant half-volley from a corner, turned the match around within the space of two minutes before Rafael Camacho added a third late on.
“I don’t think anything will ever replace being out there yourself and playing, especially in front of all the supporters,” said former Reds captain Gerrard, whom Jones raced to celebrate with on scoring his second.
“To win a derby at Goodison or Anfield is a special feeling but I felt every bit of that.
“I am happy and just pleased for the boys because they deserved it and I am so proud of them tonight.”