Richarlison has potted nine goals in his last eight games, shaking off his previous scoring difficulties. The Brazilian enjoyed an inspired performance against his former side and deserves man of the match plaudits. Unfortunately, poor defending on set pieces led to Spurs' eventual downfall.
Here are the player ratings from a victorious trip to Merseyside.
Guglielmo Vicario 6.5/10: Venom wasn't strong enough on Jack Harrison's nudge, allowing Dominic Calvert-Lewin to knock home the opener from close range. Vicario made a solid goal-line save on a subsequent corner, but needs to command his box better. Spurs' keeper flapped at a few crosses and must improve that area of his game.
Destiny Udogie 7.5/10: Spurs' left back was excellent in the opening minutes, setting up Richarlison's opener after executing a perfect one-two with Timo Werner. Udogie's work rate is as good as his endeavour. The Italian conceded possession a few times in the first half but more than made up for it with some fine tackles of his own. The Toffees struggled to contain Udogie when he get a full head of steam, making his customary slaloming runs down the left byline.
Pedro Porro 7/10: The Portuguese had a solid game with and without the ball. He didn't threaten as much going forward, but that's understandable considering the challenges of playing at Goodison.
Cristian Romero 6/10: Romero will be annoyed at himself after Everton's equalizer. He flicked the ball toward his own goal, allowing Branthwaite to pounce. He also coughed up possession with a poor giveaway on the cusp of halftime.
Micky van de Ven 9/10: Spurs' lightning-quick centreback offers the best possible contingency plan. Spurs can play such a high line thanks to the Dutchman's ability to make up ground like a cheetah chasing its prey. He had several brilliant covering runs and subsequent clean-up tackles.
Rodrigo Bentancur 7.5/10: Rodrigo Bentancur, like his midfield partner, had a steady, if not brilliant outing. He made some smart passes, didn't concede possession, and protected the backline well.
Pierre Hojbjerg 7/10: Steady Pierre. The Dane did what was asked of him and didn't commit any egregious errors. He had one awkward headed clearance in the first half but settled down afterward.
James Maddison 8/10: The maestro was back at it on Merseyside, picking Everton apart and creating havoc for the home side. His nifty skill in close quarters gave him an extra moment to find Richarlison with a deft flick, which the Brazilian took full advantage of. Maddison had a sizzling left-footed half volley saved by Pickford in the second half.
Forwards and Subs
Timo Werner 6.5/10: The German forward was involved in both goals, but even more influential on Spurs' opener. He and Udogie executed a perfect one-two, allowing Udogie enough space to cut it back for Richarlison. On Spurs second, Werner found Maddison at the top of the box before Richarlison dispatched his second.
Richarlison 10/10: Two stunning first-half finishes headlined the Brazilian's superb outing at his former stomping ground. Both finishes were special, with the first probably slightly more elite. His cute and delicate left-footed volley from the top corner. His side-footed right footer from long range was a beauty, too. He also made some smart passes and held the ball up well when required. He was a whisker away from scoring his first hat trick. Man of the match material.
Brennan Johnson 5.5/10: The young Welshman had a relatively quiet match, not registering a shot attempt before being withdrawn midway through the second half. He connected on 40 percent of his passes and knocked in just one cross.
Dejan Kulusevski 6/10: The Swede impacted proceedings almost immediately after being introduced in the second half. He thread the needle for Richarlison, whose resulting shot was saved by Pickford.
Pape Matar Sarr: Pape Sarr had a quiet 30 minutes, making one interception and a tackle. He didn't commit any errors but wasn't influential going forward either.
Oliver Skipp N/A
Bryan Gil N/A
Radu Drăgușin N/A