Everton vs. Liverpool: Player Ratings for Both Teams at Goodison
Merseyside witnessed a typically frantic, pulsating derby that eventually finished all square at 2-2—an unusual recent conclusion to this fixture. Overall the draw was the fair result, although both sets of supporters experienced the full range of emotions throughout the game.
Liverpool were quickest out the blocks, as a Leighton Baines own goal and a Luis Suarez header gave them an early 2-0 lead.
Everton responded before half-time, through Leon Osman and Steven Naismith and both sides then had chances to take the game in the second period.
The visitors will no doubt feel robbed by the final result due to an injury-time strike from Luis Suarez being incorrectly ruled out for offside.
With more possession, better passing, more shots and chances made, the Toffees will also feel disappointed not to take the points themselves, having recovered so quickly from a lethargic start.
Here are the ratings for both sides.
Tim Howard: 5/10
Everton's goalkeeper was rarely involved, only having to make two further saves after the goals he shipped. He was solid enough on crosses but perhaps could have stood his ground for Suarez's first strike.
Seamus Coleman: 6/10
Coleman was at fault initially for Liverpool's first, committing to a 50-50 only to come off second-best to Jose Enrique. The Irishman did recover from this lapse and whilst never seeming entirely in control at the back, he looked dangerous roaming forward, linking up well with Steven Naismith.
Leighton Baines: 8/10
Not his best game for Everton, but Baines was still one of his side's top performers. He created six chances, double as many as any other player on the pitch, all without his left-sided partner, Steven Pienaar. Not helped by Kevin Mirallas' withdrawal.
Phil Jagielka: 7/10
A couple of times he was caught out of position, but Everton's defenders were continually tested with David Moyes enforcing such a high line. Jagielka kept things as organised as possible and continued on with his consistent form as of late.
Sylvain Distin: 6/10
Not as composed as his defensive partner and beaten by Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling on a couple of occasions. He still cleared more than any of his teammates and his pace proved crucial in Moyes' tactics.
Leon Osman: 8/10
The game's top passer, Osman delivered one of his best displays this season and ignited his side's fight-back with a precise strike. One of the standout performers in a fraught midfield battle where few players had time to express themselves.
Phil Neville: 6/10
Tidy in possession in one of his better displays for a while, yet his lack of vision and speed on the ball still restricted his side in such a high-tempo game. His dive was also embarrassing, although he faced it with refreshing honesty in his post-match comments.
Kevin Mirallas: 8/10
A full 90 minutes from the Belgian would have contributed to far more chances for Everton. He was the best player on the pitch in the first period, tormenting young Andre Wisdom, although had to be replaced at the break, injured after a poor tackle from Suarez.
Steven Naismith: 7/10
Naismith finally arrived in Everton colours, grabbing the vital equaliser late in the first half. He took up dangerous positions throughout the game, moved intelligently and seemed to revel in the big-match atmosphere.
Marouane Fellaini: 6/10
Everton's second Belgian caught the eye with some crafty chest control, yet despite his crucial assist, his touch was generally clumsy, his passing wayward and too often he lost possession. Certainly not as influential as he's been so far this season and did not look fit.
Nikica Jelavic: 5/10
Never stopped moving, but Jelavic was hampered by some excellent marshalling skills from Liverpool's defenders. The lack of Pienaar, and laterally Mirallas, did not help his cause, but he should have done better with a header late in the second half.
Magaye Gueye 4/10
Not a substitution many Evertonians were enamoured by, but Moyes' hand was forced. The Frenchman was predominately a spectator, making just 13 passes in 45 minutes of football.
Bryan Oviedo n/a
Never had time to make an impact, but played in more dangerous balls than Gueye in just five minutes of action.
Brad Jones: 5/10
As with Howard, Jones was largely untested apart from the goals he conceded, but should have made far more distance with his clearance that lead to Everton's first goal.
Andre Wisdom: 4/10
Mirallas gave Wisdom a torrid time in the first half, and the youngster would have been happy once the Belgian was withdrawn with injury. Looked much more assured tracking Gueye before being replaced by Jordan Henderson after 70 minutes.
Jose Enrique: 6/10
The Spaniard generally performed well for his team, and his strong work was integral to the first goal although, crucially, he failed to track Naismith for the Toffees' equaliser, which tarnishes his rating.
Daniel Agger: 8/10
Typically composed display from the Danish skipper, who did a lot to suppress the considerable threat of Jelavic, anticipating his movement superbly. Read the game well and was an assured presence, especially when Liverpool switched to three at the back.
Martin Skrtel: 8/10
Top performer for the Reds at the back, restricting Fellaini and Jelavic to few clear-cut chances. With 16 clearances, he repeatedly bailed his team out and also had the most blocks and second most interceptions of anyone on his team.
Joe Allen: 7/10
Allen was never given the time to stamp his authority on the game, but will still feel satisfied with his overall contribution. He still came out second-best in several challenges with Fellaini, but was his side's top passer and will only grow from this experience.
Steven Gerrard: 8/10
Not his typical derby performance, in that he won't be taking tomorrow's headlines, but an assist and some key work in the engine room were vital to cause. His delivery is still up with the best in the country.
Nuri Sahin: 4/10
Barely involved in the first half, astonishingly only playing 12 passes in the entire game. A quality player, but perhaps caught out by the frenetic pace of his first Merseyside derby.
Another player whom the game seemed to pass by in the first half. Rodgers rightly replaced him and Liverpool looked far more of a threat in the second period.
Raheem Sterling: 7/10
The youngster looked a constant menace going forward, beating several defenders during some skillful dribbles, although he loses marks for leaving Osman for Everton's first goal and he will be reliving his one-on-one with Howard for the next few weeks. Was guilty of committing too many fouls.
Luis Suarez: 8/10
Away from the theatrics that so often detract from his footballing skills, Suarez was central to his side's attacks, clinical in front of goal and a constant nuisance for defenders. The game's best attacking player and unlucky to be denied a goal at the end.
Jonjo Shelvey: 7/10
Contributed more physicality in midfield than Sahin and Rodgers and will perhaps feel he should have started with Shelvey. Enjoyed attacking Everton's high-line and played a couple of clever balls through to Suarez and Sterling.
Sebastian Coates: 5/10
Not as efficient as his positional colleagues and Everton tried to move their strikers onto the Uruguayan to find them some room. Also gave away too many fouls.
Jordan Henderson: 6/10
Contributed fairly well as a make-shift wing-back, putting in a couple of impressive deliveries and generally keeping Gueye as a bystander.