London - Substitute Daniel Sturridge scored a dramatic late equaliser as
Liverpool shared the spoils of a pulsating 3-3 draw with Everton in the
221st Merseyside derby on Saturday.
The England striker had
started the game on the bench, having struggled with a dead leg, but
came on with 11 minutes left to head home a minute from time in an
enthralling Premier League contest at Goodison Park.
Coutinho had put Liverpool ahead in the fifth minute from a corner, only
for Kevin Mirallas to equalise for Everton three minutes later.
Suarez struck a spectacular free-kick past Everton goalkeeper Tim
Howard in the 19th minute to give Liverpool a 2-1 advantage at
half-time, but the hosts roared back in the second half.
Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku looked to have given Everton the points
with two goals in the space of 10 minutes late in the second half, only
for Sturridge to have the final word.
Everton manager Roberto
Martinez made one change from his side's goalless draw with Crystal
Palace as Ross Barkley replaced Leon Osman in midfield.
left Sturridge on the bench, with Joe Allen named in the starting
line-up as Brendan Rodgers played Suarez alone up front, while Jon
Flanagan was preferred to Aly Cissokho at left-back.
started positively, but it was the visitors who took the lead after
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard delivered an in-swinging corner that
was flicked on by Suarez to Coutinho at the back post.
Brazilian calmly controlled the ball on his thigh and struck a low
volley into the Everton net despite a last-ditch attempt to clear the
ball on the line from James McCarthy.
Everton got themselves back
on level terms shortly afterwards, though, when Leighton Baines lifted a
high free-kick into the penalty area.
Barkley used his strength to outmuscle Liverpool centre-back Martin Skrtel and Mirallas steered the ball home from close range.
was no let up in the intensity and Liverpool regained the lead five
minutes later when they were awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position
for a foul on Suarez by Gareth Barry.
Suarez dusted himself down
and took advantage of a gap between the Everton defensive wall and
Steven Pienaar to curl the dead ball into the bottom-right corner of the
net past the despairing dive of Tim Howard.
Mirallas continued to
look Everton's best outlet in the final third as they attempted to get
back on terms and the winger saw his angled effort from the right
whistle past the post.
The Belgium international was, however,
fortunate to stay on the pitch just before the break when he was booked
by referee Phil Dowd for a dangerous high challenge on Suarez that might
have merited a straight red.
Martinez introduced Gerard Deulofeu
for the injured Baines early in the second half and the on-loan
Barcelona forward had a golden chance to equalise when he was put
through one-on-one with Simon Mignolet, only to shoot straight at the
Liverpool missed an even better opportunity at the
other end on the hour when Suarez danced through the Everton defence and
the ball dropped to Allen, who contrived to shoot wide from near the
penalty spot with only Howard to beat.
The match seemed to become a
battle between Belgium team-mates Mignolet and Lukaku as the Liverpool
goalkeeper twice denied his compatriot with smart saves.
eventually got the bit of luck his endeavour deserved after his
deflected free-kick was parried by Mignolet and Mirallas picked the ball
up on the left flank.
Mirallas's cross took a deflection off McCarthy and found Lukaku, who made no mistake with a confident finish to equalise.
produced a point-blank save from Suarez moments later before Lukaku
struck again as he showed his strength inside the penalty area to
powerfully head home from a Mirallas corner.
But just when it
looked like Everton had done enough to secure the points, Liverpool
dramatically levelled when Sturridge glanced a header past Howard from