Everton, Liverpool Share Spoils In Merseyside Derby

Everton and Liverpool played out an exciting 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park on Sunday.
Former Burnley forward, Danny Ings, put Liverpool in front in the 42nd minute off a corner kick.

But the Reds failed to hold on to their lead as Romelu Lukaku drew Everton level in the 45th minute after benefitting from a poor clearance by the Liverpool defence.

In the second half, both teams went in search for the winner but couldn’t break each other down as both teams could only manage one shot on target.

The draw now sees Everton occupy the sixth position in the league table on 13 points, while Liverpool are 10th, with 12 points.
Everton next game is at home against Manchester United and Liverpool will travel to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham Hotspur.

Both sides started at a frantic pace, but the Reds were the first to threaten as Martin Skrtel collected the ball at the back post from a free kick and tried to play the ball into the feet of Daniel Sturridge, but Phil Jagielka came across to make a vital challenge.

From the resulting corner, Skrtel beat Ramiro Funes Mori at the back post, although he sent his headed effort over the bar from close range.
Liverpool continued to have the better of the opportunities as Ings took the ball on the first-time volley from the edge of the box, and his effort went inches over the crossbar.

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In the second half, Lukaku found space down the flank and tried to pick out Naismith at the back post, but Mignolet did well to read the cross and make the save to claim the ball. Barkley was presented with an opportunity on the counter as Liverpool were caught short in defence, and the midfielder chose to ignore the run of Lukaku and go for the strike himself, but he curled his effort just past the post.

Everton continued to press forward and Lukaku saw his right-footed strike beaten away by Mignolet, while at the other end Howard denied a powerful effort from Philippe Coutinho by punching the ball to safety. The home side upped the ante late in the game, but the Liverpool defence held firm to secure a valuable point for Brendan Rodgers’s men.

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