Everton had never been presented with such a good opportunity to win a Merseyside Derby.
Jurgen Klopp made nine changes to his Liverpool side ahead of the FA Cup third round and had openly admitted the competition was right the way down on his list of priorities this season.
What with Carlo Ancelotti's record since his arrival too, there was a genuine feeling it was going to be the Toffees' day - right up until they started playing.
Curtis Jones, 18, ultimately scored the only goal of the game with a curling strike from the edge of the box.
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They haven't beaten Liverpool since October 2010 and their horrendous run at Anfield dates back even further to September 1999.
So where did it go wrong this time?
For many Evertonians, the midfield pairing of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Morgan Schneiderlin epitomised their problems.
Both were spineless, and both were turned inside out by a load of Liverpool teenagers.
The Iceland international was eventually taken off but Schneiderlin somehow managed to stay on for the entirety of the 90 minutes.
Ancelotti may be regretting that this morning, especially when he sees replays of Jones' goal.
Schneiderlin has come in for heavy criticism for his actions in the build-up.
The midfielder was knocked to the floor by Divock Origi, admittedly with a very faint touch.
Rather than get up, the Frenchman stayed on the deck rolling - allowing Jones to move into space and score an ambitious effort.
For a player who has so often been accused of lacking effort - which is inexcusable at the best of times, let alone against Liverpool - Schneiderlin really should be doing better there.
It wasn't enough to constitute a free-kick and regardless, you can't help but feel a more driven midfielder would have rushed to his feet to close Jones down.
While it was a much stronger line-up yesterday evening, remember Aston Villa thrashed Liverpool's youngsters 5-0 not so long ago in the League Cup.
Everton barely made a mark on the Reds' reserves, despite the hosts fielding a defence with an average age of 20.
Schneiderlin simply summed up their performance and attitude.News Now - Sport News