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They were dancing in the dressing room, rejoicing in their role of ghostbusters, as Carlo Ancelotti was being bombarded with questions about history.

Everton had turned the city blue with their most authoritative display at Anfield in a generation, one which ended a 22-year wait for victory at this stadium, and how the players were going to enjoy it. 

The giddiness would be mirrored by supporters, who had waited so patiently for this moment. Ancelotti, understandably, was glowing with contentment. There was, however, also a part of him that was a little taken aback by the reaction — indicative of someone who is well-travelled, vastly experienced and has seen it all.

After beating Liverpool, Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti must now focus on improving his side

After beating Liverpool, Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti must now focus on improving his side

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'We are wrong if we think we achieved something,' said Ancelotti. 'I think it is a good moment for us, but it is only three points. 

'Our target is not beating Liverpool. Our target is to reach the European positions and be playing European football next season. This is the achievement.'

But did he realise he had become a hero? 'I'm not a hero,' he said with a smile. 'The heroes have all died, unfortunately.'

Here was an important lesson, imparted by one of football's grandmasters. With each year that has passed since Kevin Campbell scored the club's last winning goal at Anfield in September 1999, it has felt like certain elements around Everton were more preoccupied with Liverpool than focused on themselves.

For some, it will feel like Richarlison's drive and Gylfi Sigurdsson's penalty have led to a summit being scaled. You could see in Ancelotti's face, though, that such an idea did not sit easily. This, ultimately, was three points on a Saturday evening in the middle of February.

The Italian masterminded his passionate Toffees side to their first win at Anfield since 1999

The Italian masterminded his passionate Toffees side to their first win at Anfield since 1999

Do you think Ancelotti will look back on this season with any fondness if this proves to be its highlight? No chance. It is why his words carried so much significance, a reminder to everyone to put things into perspective — and encouragement about what they could achieve.

What a fantastic opportunity sits in front of Everton. The last time they visited Anfield in the Premier League, in December 2019, they were humiliated 5-2. The evening was pockmarked by rancour in the away end and squabbling on the pitch. The following day, manager Marco Silva was sacked.

The reason Everton's majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri pursued Ancelotti so aggressively was to transform the

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