Everton manager David Moyes claimed the Merseyside derby was “ruined” by referee Martin Atkinson’s decision to send off Jack Rodwell early in Liverpool’s 2-0 win.
Atkinson, who had visited both clubs this week ahead of taking charge of the 216th meeting between the Merseyside rivals, dismissed Rodwell in the 23rd minute for what looked like a legitimate challenge on Luis Suarez.
Suarez went on to add Liverpool’s second after Andy Carroll’s first Premier League goal of the season put Kenny Dalglish’s side on their way to victory after 70 minutes.
A visibly disappointed Moyes said: “I just thought the sending off ruined the game. You get lots of questions from people asking about derbies, tackles and sendings off but that wasn’t even a bad tackle.
“I don’t even know if we can appeal. I would have been disappointed had it been a free-kick and if he had got a yellow card I think people would have asked ‘what’s that for?’”