Sunday January 16, 2011 Day 23 Finished Anfield

Liverpool 2 - 2 Everton

  • Raul Meireles 29’
  • Kuyt 68’ (pen.)
  • Distin 46’
  • Beckford 52’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Liverpool
    • Everton
    • 90+5' There's the final whistle! Kenny Dalglish has his first point, but not his first win. It's a start.
    • 90+4' The ball goes out off Torres, and the fans react furiously when the throw goes Everton's way. Not sure why.
    • 90+3' Good defending by Fellaini to snuff out a potentially dangerous situation at the edge of the box, and the ball is back to Howard.
    • 90+2' Bilyaletdinov tries to fling a throw into the Liverpool box but just cannot get enough mustard on it.
    • 90+1' Reina kncosk the ball long downfield as the board goes up signalling four minutes of added time.
    • 90' Late tackle by Kuyt on Coleman, and that's a yellow card to the Dutchman.
    • 89' Kyrgiakos concedes a corner, and can Everton nick a late winner? It is cleared to the edge of the box where Coleman hits a shot that takes a big deflection and bounces no more than a foot wide!
    • 88' Reina slices a left-foot clearance out of play.
    • 88' Fellaini looks all at sea at the edge of the box and he gives possession to Torres, who carries the ball out for a goal kick.
    • 87' Shaky but ultimately successful defending by Everton, who buy a throw off Kuyt on their own left.
    • 86' Menacing run by Johnson, who wins a corner on the left...
    • 85' Shelvey plays a nice ball into the box for Torres, who is a little slow on the uptake, allowing Howard to come out and claim it.
    • 84' Maxi Rodriguez runs past the last man and this looks a real chance, but a belated (and correct) offside flag goes up!
    • 83' Torres has Shelvey sprinting away in front of him, but the Spaniard takes a heavy touch and loses possession.
    • 82' Liverpool work it into the opposition box with Shelvey and Kuyt... Torres goes down but the penalty shout is very muted. Everton clear.
    • 81' Everton: Diniyar Bilyaletdinov replaces Victor Anichebe.
    • 81' Liverpool: Shelvey on for Meireles. Bit of a slap in the face for Joe Cole. Not that he doesn't deserve it.
    • 80' Everton are really struggling to keep possession and they look stretched.
    • 79' More changes to be made - Jonjo Shelvey is about to come on, it seems.
    • 78' Everton: Jack Rodwell comes on for Leon Osman.
    • 77' Torres goes for goal with an audacious chip from the edge of the box, but it drops just over the bar!
    • 76' Liverpool are passing the ball around better, and Everton would probably take a draw at this stage.
    • 74' Everton: James Vaughan replaces Jermaine Beckford.
    • 73' A Meireles corner from the Liverpool right finds Torres in acres of space at the edge of the box, but his shot is somewhat belatedly closed down.
    • 72' Torres glances a header from the edge of the box but Howard makes a straightforward save.
    • 71' It's end to end stuff now, with both sides getting forward and commiting to attack.
    • 70' Maxi Rodriguez dives in on Coleman and it's an Everton free-kick on the right... Baines swings it in and Anichebe cannot divert it goalwards.
    • 69' David Moyes will be furious about that - his team looked comfortable and it was a poor challenge by Howard to give the initiative back to Liverpool.
    • 68' GOAL!!! Dirk Kuyt rolls the ball into the bottom-left corner, sending Howard the wrong way, and Liverpool are on terms.
    • 67' PENALTY LIVERPOOL!! Howard brings down Maxi Rodriguez and there's no doubt about that!
    • 66' Everton free-kick played low into the box, but Liverpool scramble it clear.
    • 64' Spearing hits a long, raking ball towards Torres - beyond the striker.
    • 63' Torres is booked for a frustrated challenge on Phil Neville. Fifth booking of the season, which means a suspension for the striker.
    • 62' Attacking throw for Everton on the left side, as David Moyes barks instructions.
    • 61' Meireles delivers a corner from the right... Maxi heads it goalwards and Howard makes a comfortable save.
    • 60' A collision between Beckford and Kyrgiakos results in a Liverpool free-kick and some surprisingly cordial handshakes.
    • 59' A Liverpool corner is cleared and here come Everton... Fellaini crosses low from the left and it is hooked away.
    • 58' The Reds are STILL playing it around sideways. OK, that's probably enough now lads.
    • 57' Liverpool try to mount a fightback, passing the ball around nicely. They just need to settle things down. Plenty of time.
    • 55' "You're getting sacked in the morning!" sing the Everton fans. Very droll.
    • 54' What a turnaround! Incredible stuff at Anfield, with Everton striking twice in seven minutes. Reina was booked for mouthing off.
    • 53' Martin Kelly needed some treatment after a collision with Anichebe in the build-up, but he should be OK.
    • 52' GOAL!!! EVERTON IN FRONT! It's Beckford!! Great goal! osman plays him in with a deft pass through the defender's legs and Beckford fidns the bottom right corner!
    • 50' Torres is down around halfway, having got a boot from Fellaini. Accidental.
    • 49' Everton lump a throw into the Liverpool box, but there is a foul by Fellaini.
    • 48' There we were, thinking Liverpool were comfortable. But not even King Kenny can get them to defend set pieces. Anyone for Rafa Benitez's zonal marking?
    • 47' The new man Kyrgiakos was not to blame for that goal, but the defensive reshuffle cannot have helped.
    • 46' GOAL!!! EVERTON ON TERMS!! Distin leaps above Skrtel at the far post, and Glen Johnson on the line cannot keep the header out!
    • 46' Second half under way, and Everton immediately win a corner.
    • 46' Liverpool: Sotirios Kyrgiakos replaces Daniel Agger, who has apparently been taken ill.
    • 45+2' Everton attempt to break from the corner, but they run out of time and the half-time whistle goes. Kenny Dalglish's team are a goal up at the break, and they deserve their lead.
    • 45+1' One minute of stoppage time to be played, as Coleman heads a Torres cross behind for a corner.
    • 45' MAXI RODRIGUEZ!! A terrible Fellaini pass at the edge of the box sets up the Argentine, who whacks a low shot straight at Howard!
    • 44' Kuyt lobs it into the box, where Maxi jumps into Neville, thinks about going down then decides he would look too much of a ninny. And he's right.
    • 43' Meireles tests Howard with another powerful shot! This one is straight at the American.
    • 42' Arteta releases Anichebe down the left, but the striker is not the most confident on the ball and takes it out wide. His cross is decent, but by the time Fellaini heads it down there are plenty of Liverpool players back.
    • 41' Dowd gives Torres and Heitinga a talking-to....
    • 40' Torres is on the floor after a collision with Heitinga. No foul given - should there have been? No. Pathetic dive. Sorry for sounding like Alan Green.
    • 39' Johnson nicks the ball past Neville and Arteta has to come back and knock the ball out for a corner.
    • 38' Liverpool free-kick on the right, Raul Meireles standing over it. The ball pinballs around the Everton box before referee Dowd blows for a foul by a red short. Or rather, a man in a red shirt. The shirt itself was blameless.
    • 37' Liverpool come away on the break with Torres, who has three players inside him but badly overhits the cross towards Spearing.
    • 36' Everton have another corner as Meireles clears Osman's low cross from the left.
    • 35' Poor touch from Kelly who takes the ball out for an Everton throw... and he rather annoyingly rolls the ball away from Anichebe.
    • 34' Everton free-kick on the left, 30-plus yards out... miserable delivery from Arteta, bouncing straight out for a goal-kick.
    • 33' Everton have not yet tested Pepe Reina but they are far from out of this... they just need to settle down and weather this period of Liverpool pressure.
    • 32' Well, it's nice to see Anfield happy for a change. This season has been a mix of disappointment, bewilderment and fury so far...
    • 31' TORRES!! Brings a save from Howard with a powerful shot, the rebound falls to Mexi and he skies his volley high over the bar! A real chance, that.
    • 31' No prizes for guessing who gets the credit from the Anfield crowd for that goal - 'Dalgliieeeeeeesh!'
    • 30' Well, that was started by the much-maligned Glen Johnson, who crossed for Kuyt from his unfamiliar left-back position.
    • 29' GOAL!! RAUL MEIRELES!! Howard makes a double save from Kuyt but the rebound falls to Meireles at the edge of the box and he fair lashes it into the roof of the net!
    • 28' Johnson heads behind for an Everton corner which Baines delivers from the visitors' right... it's a good corner that somehow eludes everybody and bounces across the six-yard box untouched!
    • 27' Osman wins a throw on the Everton left... oh, no he doesn't. That's been given to Liverpool.
    • 25' Fellaini nods down into the danger area and Beckford is inches away from touching it in. I'm not basing this on anything but pure, uninformed opinion, but Tim Cahill would DEFINITELY have scored that.
    • 24' Meireles goes in on Arteta with his foot high. He is lucky not to see a yellow card for that. It wasn't a full-on studs-up challenge by any means, but still - that's usually a booking.
    • 23' Meireles delivers a corner from the Liverpool left which Maxi Rodriguez glances... wide.
    • 22' The officials spend an age checking the ball is in the little quadrant before Arteta takes the corner... which is poor.
    • 21' Heitinga chips the free-kick in, Fellaini heads towards goal and it is put behind for a corner.
    • 20' That Moyes rant is reaping rewards... Lucas penalised for a soft challenge 40 yards from the Liverpool goal.
    • 19' After an interminable delay, the corner finally comes in, and Everton clear... Meireles plays it back in and Howard gets a punch on it... Distin robs Kuyt and now the visitors bring it to safety.
    • 18' That was fantastic stuff by Torres, so close to a brilliant opening goal...
    • 17' TORRES HITS THE POST!! The Spaniard goes on a magnificent run inside from the right, beats two men but hits his left-foot shot against the woodwork!! And Kuyt's follow-up is deflected over...
    • 16' Moyes has a real go at Dowd following that Spearing challenge. He has got a point...
    • 15' Spearing barges Anichebe over at the edge of the Liverpool box, but amazingly referee Phil Dowd says no foul!
    • 14' Now the visiting fans are heard in full voice, as Reina plays the ball rather too intricately out from the back.
    • 13' Arteta swings in the corner, it is headed to the edge of the box and Osman slices the follow-up high over the bar.
    • 12' Osman crosses from the Everton left and Johnson heads behind for a corner.
    • 11' Everton head the corner away but it is played back into Torres at the edge of the box, who hits a left-foot volley high over the bar. He had space, and if that had been on his stronger foot it could have been trouble for the Blues.
    • 10' Cracking run down the right by Kelly, burning Osman and Baines, and his cross is headed behind for a corner.
    • 9' Unconventional clearance by Agger, who sticks out his backside to meet a long throw from the Everton right... but the whistle goes for a foul on the Dane by Anichebe.
    • 8' Phil Neville always gets a special boo as both a Manchester United and Everton man; consequently, unrestrained joy greets an overambitious through ball by the Toffees skipper.
    • 7' Johnson flies through the back of Beckford and that's an obvious free-kick for Everton.
    • 6' Some slick passing through the middle by Liverpool. Meireles swings in a cross from the left and Distin heads to safety.
    • 5' Spearing gives the ball away to Beckford, who spots Reina off his line and goes for goal... hopeless effort, high and wide!
    • 4' Long diagonal ball inside from the Everton left, but Beckford fails to control.
    • 3' Seamus Coleman, who I am calling 'the Irish, right-footed Gareth Bale' cuts inside from the right and hits a powerful low shot just wide.
    • 2' Some less familiar faces on both sides. Jay Spearing and Martin Kelly for Liverpool; Victor Anichebe and Jermaine Beckford up front for Everton.
    • 1' Very early shot for Torres, who hits it from way out wide on the right. Held by Howard.
    • 1' It's noisy, very noisy, as Liverpool kick off, playing from right to left as we see it. Both teams in their 'home' kit.
    • 14:04 How about this? Sky stick at Anfield for 'You'll Never Walk Alone' instead of crowbarring in more ads. Well done them.
    • 14:03 A massive ovation for Dalglish as he makes his way to the dugout. They like him here, you know.
    • 14:00 "Kenny Dalglish is cooler than the Fonz" says a banner in the crowd - rather a sad commentary on how long it is since Liverpool were any good.
    • 14:00 King Kenny gives little away in the pre-match interview, blah-ing on about how it's all about the team.
    • 13:55 Everton manager David Moyes, who has not won at Anfield in eight previous attempts, has left Steven Pienaar out of his squad after the club accepted a bid from an unnamed club for the midfielder. Moyes has made three more changes from last weekend's FA Cup trouncing of Scunthorpe, with Mikel Arteta, Phil Neville and Victor Anichebe replacing Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Tony Hibbert and Louis Saha - the Frenchman not making the squad at all.
    • 13:55 Surprise team selection from Kenny Dalglish then! 22-year-old midfielder Jay Spearing returns from two months out with a broken ankle and goes straight into Liverpool's starting XI. Maxi Rodriguez also comes into the squad as Christian Poulsen and Milan Jovanovic are removed from the team defeated 2-1 against Blackpool on Wednesday.
    • 13:50 The referee this afternoon is Phil Dowd
    • 13:50 FACT! Everton manager David Moyes has won three of his 17 Premier League Merseyside derbies (10 defeats). He has failed to win in all eight visits to Anfield (4 draws, 4 defeats), his Everton side never scoring more than once.
    • 13:45 EVERTON: Howard, Neville, Heitinga, Distin, Baines, Coleman, Fellaini, Arteta, Osman, Beckford, and Anichebe. Subs: Mucha, Hibbert, Bilyaletdinov, Vaughan, Gueye, Rodwell, Baxter.
    • 13:45 LIVERPOOL: Reina, Kelly, Skrtel, Agger, Johnson, Meireles, Spearing, Lucas, Kuyt, Torres, and Maxi. Subs: Gulacsi, Aurelio, Cole, Pacheco, Kyrgiakos, Babel, Shelvey
    • 13:45 FACT! In total, Dalglish is unbeaten in his last nine matches as Liverpool manager against Everton, since a 1-0 away defeat in March 1988.
    • 13:40 FACT! Kenny Dalglish won 11, drew six and lost three of his 20 Merseyside derbies as manager in all competitions from 1985 to 1991, including two FA Cup Final wins against them in 1986 and 1989. His final three matches as Liverpool manager in his first tenure were all against Everton - a 3-1 home league win, a 0-0 home FA Cup fifth round draw and 4-4 away FA Cup fifth round replay draw.
    • 13:35 FACT! There have been 19 red cards in all 37 Premier League Merseyside derbies - more than any other single fixture in the division. There have also been four red cards in the last five meetings at Anfield, including two in their last meeting - Sotirios Krygiakos and Steven Pienaar.
    • 13:30 FACT! Liverpool and Everton have met 183 times in the league. Liverpool have won 70, Everton 57 and there have been 56 draws. They have met 37 times in the Premier League. Liverpool have won 16, Everton nine and there have been 12 draws.
    • 13:25 EVERTON's top scorer Tim Cahill is on international duty with Australia at the Asian Cup, while striker Ayegbeni Yakubu has gone on loan to Leicester City.
    • 13:20 LIVERPOOL are without their suspended captain Steven Gerrard, who serves the second part of a three-match ban following his red card against Manchester United in the FA Cup. Jamie Carragher misses out through injury.
    • 13:15 Good afternoon and welcome to our live coverage of the Merseyside Derby! Liverpool host Everton at Anfield for the first time since the return of 'King' Kenny Dalglish. Kick-off at 2pm (UK time)
  • Summary

    • 68' GOAL!!! Dirk Kuyt rolls the ball into the bottom-left corner, sending Howard the wrong way, and Liverpool are on terms.
    • 67' PENALTY LIVERPOOL!! Howard brings down Maxi Rodriguez and there's no doubt about that!
    • 52' GOAL!!! EVERTON IN FRONT! It's Beckford!! Great goal! osman plays him in with a deft pass through the defender's legs and Beckford fidns the bottom right corner!
    • 46' GOAL!!! EVERTON ON TERMS!! Distin leaps above Skrtel at the far post, and Glen Johnson on the line cannot keep the header out!
    • 45' MAXI RODRIGUEZ!! A terrible Fellaini pass at the edge of the box sets up the Argentine, who whacks a low shot straight at Howard!
    • 43' Meireles tests Howard with another powerful shot! This one is straight at the American.
    • 31' TORRES!! Brings a save from Howard with a powerful shot, the rebound falls to Mexi and he skies his volley high over the bar! A real chance, that.
    • 29' GOAL!! RAUL MEIRELES!! Howard makes a double save from Kuyt but the rebound falls to Meireles at the edge of the box and he fair lashes it into the roof of the net!
    • 25' Fellaini nods down into the danger area and Beckford is inches away from touching it in. I'm not basing this on anything but pure, uninformed opinion, but Tim Cahill would DEFINITELY have scored that.
    • 17' TORRES HITS THE POST!! The Spaniard goes on a magnificent run inside from the right, beats two men but hits his left-foot shot against the woodwork!! And Kuyt's follow-up is deflected over...
    • 5' Spearing gives the ball away to Beckford, who spots Reina off his line and goes for goal... hopeless effort, high and wide!
    • 13:45 EVERTON: Howard, Neville, Heitinga, Distin, Baines, Coleman, Fellaini, Arteta, Osman, Beckford, and Anichebe. Subs: Mucha, Hibbert, Bilyaletdinov, Vaughan, Gueye, Rodwell, Baxter.
    • 13:45 LIVERPOOL: Reina, Kelly, Skrtel, Agger, Johnson, Meireles, Spearing, Lucas, Kuyt, Torres, and Maxi. Subs: Gulacsi, Aurelio, Cole, Pacheco, Kyrgiakos, Babel, Shelvey

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • J. Reina Yellow Card
      • M. Kelly
      • M. Škrtel
      • D. Agger Substitution Out (45′)
      • G. Johnson
      • Raul Meireles Goal Substitution Out (81′)
      • Lucas
      • D. Kuyt Goal Yellow Card
      • J. Spearing
      • M. Rodríguez
      • F. Torres Yellow Card

      Subs

      • J. Cole
      • Fábio Aurélio
      • R. Babel
      • J. Shelvey Substitution In81′
      • S. Kyrgiakos Substitution In45′
      • P. Gulacsi
      • D. Pacheco
    • Starting line-up

      • T. Howard
      • P. Neville
      • J. Heitinga
      • S. Distin Goal
      • L. Baines
      • M. Fellaini
      • M. Arteta
      • S. Coleman
      • L. Osman Substitution Out (78′)
      • J. Beckford Goal Substitution Out (74′)
      • V. Anichebe Substitution Out (81′)

      Subs

      • T. Hibbert
      • D. Bilyaletdinov Substitution In81′
      • J. Baxter
      • M. Gueye
      • J. Mucha
      • J. Vaughan Substitution In74′
      • J. Rodwell Substitution In78′
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