LIVE HD : Liverpool vs Everton FC
Liverpool: Mignolet; Manquillo, Lovren, Skrtel, Moreno; Gerrard, Henderson, Lallana; Sterling, Marković (Coutinho 59'), Balotelli (Lambert 87').
Everton: Howard; Hibbert (Browning 72'), Baines, Jagielka, Stones; Barry, McCarthy, Besic (Eto'o 80'), Mirallas (McGeady 30'), Naismith; Lukaku.
SCORE: 1-0, Gerrard - 64 min. 1-1, Jagielka - 91 min.
REFEREE: Martin Atkinson (ENG) (Yellows) Barry - 1min. Gerrard - 69min. Moreno - 93 min.
14:58. Asked about his celebration and the recent opinions upon his performances, Gerrard said: “I’ll agree with the constructive criticism and I’ve been stifled in a couple of games when people have followed me around and I haven’t been able to shake them off. But then people take it too far and say that ‘he’s 34 and he can’t run and he’s finished’.
14:57. Gerrard is the Barclays Man of the Match and tells BT Sport: “I think Phil Jagielka’s got them out of jail with a wonder strike so credit to him. It’s a once in a lifetime goal but I think we deserved to win.”
14:55. The Reds even managed to quieten Lukaku, who has constantly been a thorn in their side before and Moreno and Manquillo were solid. Balotelli too put in a credible performance though stats would suggest otherwise. The Italian worked hard and pressed endlessly, whilst Lallana and Henderson were energetic in the centre of the park. Exciting and hard-working, he has plenty to bring to the table and should he start to impact in the final third even more, he could be well worth that price tag.
14:53. Today however, just not enough potency in attack for Liverpool. The result was undoubtedly harsh, but a 1-0 lead is always a risky one late on. A definite improvement in defending regardless though, and chance creation was also boosted today - with the hosts' creating a considerable amount more than in their past two Premier League games.
14:50. Overall then, a tale of two captains as Jagielka's stunning late injury-time goal cancels out Gerrard's impressive free-kick. The home players and fans were shellshocked and it might take some time to come back from that one, but they cannot dwell. The Reds face more Champions League action in midweek and it's a tricky trip to Basel that awaits them. They do perhaps have the boost of Sturridge's return.
14:49. That's gutting for the home side, who were the better side for much of the 90 minutes. Everton weren't too impressive and didn't trouble Mignolet in the Liverpool goal that much, until it mattered. Quite a few positives to take for Rodgers, including the fact they played very, very well in contrast to recent weeks but that stunning strike saves a point.
14:47. As the Liverpool ECHO's James Pearce puts it: "Liverpool players walk off stunned with their heads down. That's a draw which feels like a defeat."
14:45. For the most part, Liverpool defended very well and it seemed that the Reds would win this one - but Jagielka's shot was a once-in-a-lifetime hit. His rising half-volley stunned the home crowd, and it was a goal worthy of winning a game - never mind equalising one. It's a good result for Martinez given the circumstances, but Rodgers will be devastated.
14:43. Well, what an ending that was. After Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard's 20-yard free-kick looked to have set the home side well on their way to taking a much-needed three points, Everton's own captain Phil Jagielka stepped up with an absolutely world-class finish. An unstoppable strike from outside the box, to send an effort into the top corner of the net and ensure both sides share the points. Gut punch for Rodgers and his side.
FT: Liverpool 1-1 Everton