Luis Suarez ensured Liverpool won the 216th Merseyside derby 2-0 against Everton on Saturday, scoring a goal and being involved in an opponent's red card.

Jack Rodwell was controversially sent off for a challenge on the Uruguay striker in the 23rd minute to leave the hosts playing with 10 men at Goodison Park.

Everton did well to hold its rival during a bruising contest as Suarez earned the visitors a penalty in the 43rd after Phil Jagielka banged into the back of him. But Toffees goalkeeper Tim Howard dived low to his left to tip Dirk Kuyt's penalty around the post to leave the match level going into the break.

The Reds finally broke through in the 71st as Jose Enrique picked out Andy Carroll with a cross into the box and the 35 million pound ($50 million) England striker put a shot beyond Howard for his season's first league goal.

Suarez ensured Liverpool's second straight Premier League victory with eight minutes remaining. An Everton defensive mix-up gifted the ball to the Liverpool striker inside the area and he slotted a shot past Howard inside the far post.

Liverpool improved to 13 points, level with third-place Chelsea which plays at Bolton on Sunday.

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish returned to Goodison for the first time since the two rivals drew 4-4 in the FA Cup in 1991. Dalglish resigned after that match.