David Moyes: Everton boss angry with disallowed goal at Anfield
David Moyes said a wrongly disallowed goal had cost him a first win at Liverpool as Everton boss and severely dented the club's European hopes.
Referee Michael Oliver ruled out Sylvain Distin's header for a push by Victor Anichebe on Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina as the derby ended 0-0.
"It was a legitimate goal because the goalkeeper actually runs into Victor Anichebe," said Moyes.
"If you don't get any decisions at Anfield it makes it difficult to win."
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers expressed sympathy for Moyes over the disallowed goal but said he understood Oliver's decision.
"I think the referee had a clear view of it early because virtually as the ball left for a corner he has blown up for a foul," he said.
"It's one of those where if you are the manager in my position you will probably see the decision as the correct one. I'm sure David will be disappointed the goal didn't stand."
The result left Everton in sixth position in the Premier League, five points behind Tottenham, who are occupying the Europa League qualifying spot and have a game in hand on the Toffees.
Everton's struggles at 'big four'
Everton have played 45 away games in the Premier League against the so-called 'big four' of Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool under David Moyes without winning any, and have picked up 18 points from a possible 135
Source: Opta Stats
Although Everton look set to finish above Liverpool in successive top-flight seasons for the first time since 1937, Moyes said local bragging rights offered scant consolation for potentially missing out on Europe.
"The only thing that matters for us is the European picture because as a club we are trying to get back amongst the bigger boys and play on that stage as regularly as we can," he said.
"It will be disappointing if we don't get any reward but we are going to try to win the last two games and see if we can get something."
After a third goalless draw in five games, Rodgers is likely to have to have to settle for seventh place in his first season as Reds manager, and the former Swansea boss said he will look to add players who can unlock defences in the summer.
"We need to find one or two players who can help us make the difference in games like that," he explained.
"We have had quite a few draws this season and it is something we need to find the solution for next year."
Rodgers will also be scouring the globe for a replacement for retiring defender Jamie Carragher, who played his 30th and final Merseyside derby.
"He's a colossal player and has been for this club for years," he said. "His influence is superb on the training field every day and on the playing field.
"Having worked with him now I can clearly see why he was one of Europe's top defenders for so many years and we'll have to search far and wide to try to get someone in to be at that level."