Everton vs. Liverpool: Live Blog, Commentary, Updates, Goals and Derby Reaction
Live Blog at Goodison Park - FULL TIME
Coleman (Drenthe)—Kuyt (Missed Penalty)
Rodwell (Sent Off)—Lucas (Henderson)
Osman (Neville)—Downing (Bellamy)
Welcome to another live blog of Premier League action, and this time we have a monster game lined up for you: the first Merseyside derby of the season as Everton host Liverpool at Goodison Park.
Always a massive clash, the Red half of the city visit the Blue half hoping for a win to propel them back into the top four of the league, while the Blues will be desperate to follow up last season's home win with another this time around to send them above Liverpool in the table.
This will be the 216th clash between the two sides, and it should prove to be every bit as entertaining as the previous ones.
Stay right here for all the build-up, news, team rumours and actual lineups as the game draws closer, and get involved by commenting below with your predicted lineups, scores, scorers and anything else you care to mention about the match. I'll reply to the best ones in-blog! I'm Karl Matchett and I'll be keeping you right up to date with everything related to the derby match from now until the final whistle.
Plenty of post-match reaction to come in the next hour or so—stay tuned to my article archive right here on Bleacher Report for a full run-down of the various happenings over the past 90 minutes!
Thanks to everyone who posted below during the course of the match and I hope you enjoyed the game—or at least the outcome, like me.
I'll be back soon with more terrific Premier League matches covered with live text commentary but it's goodbye for now!
Well that was a relatively eventful match hey?!
A missed penalty, a red card, several contentious refereeing decisions, a goal apiece for Liverpool's two starting forwards and plenty of vitriol from Everton fans towards Liverpool's set piece takers.
Pick the bones out of that if you will.
Liverpool deserved the win for their second half pressure, but there can be no doubt that the game changed and swung in the Reds' favour after the sending off of Jack Rodwell.
92' - Drenthe goes down in the area but quite clearly made a meal of Kelly's tackle. Saha tries to fashion an opening... but that is enough for Martin Atkinson who blows the full time whistle.
LIVERPOOL WIN THE MERSEYSIDE DERBY
Everton 0 Liverpool 2.
91' - Off the post! Suarez, also with objects thrown at him from the corner, takes a quick set piece to Kuyt and Jagielka reaches it first—sending the ball spinning past Tim Howard and against his own woodwork. Lucky escape for Jagielka who hasn't had his finest game today.
90' - Three minutes added on to the end of the game. It's all Liverpool noise inside Goodison Park now and the Reds are going to take home the bragging rights as well as the points unless something very odd happens in the next couple of minutes.
Drenthe tries to make that happen by fizzing a volley in but Reina is behind it to make the save.
88' - Gerrard is inches away from making it three nil, curling a deflected shot just wide of the goal from a rebound off a corner.
Craig Bellamy, taking the corner in front of Everton fans, is pelted with bottles, coins and goodness knows what else as the police look on.
87' - Carroll battles and fights in the box, good to see, and forces Howard to unconvincingly flap behind for a corner. Terrific cross from Gerrard on the right who hasn't been too involved until now.
Henderson replaces Lucas for the final few minutes.
84' - Growls all around Goodison Park as Suarez pushes Jagielka over, who then won't shake the forward's hand, before Lucas commits a foul in the centre circle.
Baines drives one goalwards from distance but it flies wide of Reina's goal.
Jordan Henderson is ready to come on for Liverpool as the final change of the game.
81' - Oh it's a gift.
Suarez loses the ball trying to take on Distin and Baines at the same time—and Distin clears the ball straight against his team-mate, leaving Suarez with a simple tap in past Tim Howard.
Two goals between the sides now with less than ten minutes left and that takes Liverpool a big step closer to three points.
EVERTON 0 LIVERPOOL 2
Luis Suarez 81 minutes
80' - Skrtel has to be strong to hold off the aerial challenge of Vellios.
Big ten minutes coming up for the Reds defence who have not kept a clean sheet since the game against Arsenal at the start of the season.
78' - Third and final change for Everton—Apostolos Vellios takes the place of Tony Hibbert. No choice but to attack now for the trailing home side.
76' - Liverpool's front four looking to combine at every opportunity now as the confidence suddenly flows free.
Bellamy's cross is caught by Howard as Kuyt lurked dangerously.
Louis Saha is still Everton's most likely source of trouble though and Liverpool's defence need to close down the Blues much quicker in and around the box.
74' - Everton almost hit back with a shot from Cahill straight away and they will look to put more pressure on Liverpool's defence now, which should leave spaces for Bellamy to exploit in particular.
That goal from Andy Carroll was his first league goal of the season.
It was also Liverpool's 250th league goal against Everton and their 9000th league and cup goal overall—milestones all around!
71' - A half-volley from Andy Carroll has put Liverpool ahead!
Jose Enrique screamed away down the left on the overlap and sent a good cross into the six yard box which Dirk Kuyt cleverly and importantly ducked underneath, leaving Carroll the chance to smack into the bottom corner.
A half scuffed, scruffy goal—and Carroll and Kenny Dalglish are delighted. Advantage Reds.
Andy Carroll scores for Liverpool
EVERTON 0 LIVERPOOL 1
20 minutes to go then, have Liverpool got enough on the pitch now to go on and grab the win they crave?
Will Everton risk going for all three points or wait for their chance from a set piece?
68' - Liverpool free kick and Gerrard will take it, his first involvement in the game. He finds Suarez but the header goes over the bar as Carroll crashes to ground in front of him.
Phil Neville comes on for Everton now in place of Leon Osman.
66' - Charlie Adam goes off, Gerrard on—so a central midfield role for the returning skipper.
Bellamy is coming on for Stewart Downing on the left side, so Liverpool have all four of the forwards on the pitch right now, as well as Gerrard.
In fact it looks like they are both ready to come on. Double change for the Reds on the way.
63' - Fellaini is down with cramp and the two sides take a breather.
Liverpool look a little short of inspiration at the moment; the ball is going wide but not quick enough to open up spaces behind the full-backs and there is not enough movement through the middle, or space behind the Everton defence, to trouble Distin and Jagielka unduly.
Would Bellamy be a better bet than Gerrard at this stage perhaps?
60' - You wouldn't know Liverpool had an extra man there. Saha gets the ball 25 yards out and has time to control, turn, line up a shot and ping one just wide of Reina's goal, who goes suitably mental at his defence for not closing the Everton forward down.
60' - Drenthe has an instant impact, winning a central free kick for his team after Kuyt bundles him to the ground.
Everton take it quickly and the resulting cross finds Fellaini in an offside position.
Yep, Coleman makes way.
How long until Dalglish responds in kind? Who would be your choice to be replaced for the Reds? Leave your comments below.
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