Monday, 17 January 2011

Liverpool v Everton Match Report

The 215th Merseyside Derby which took place at Anfield yesterday afternoon ended in a 2-2 draw.

The draw was not wanted by either side, as both Liverpool and Everton are only four points above the relegation zone and were desperate for the full three points.

The spirits amongst the Reds fans were higher than ever this season, as Kenny Dalglish stepped onto the pitch at Anfield for the first time since returning as manager.

However, his start has been less than what he had hoped for, losing to Manchester United and Blackpool last week and now managing only a draw to the neighbouring Blues.

Liverpool were without Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher, leaving the captaincy in the place of keeper Pepe Reina.

The match started out intensely as Reds striker Fernando Torres made his first effort only after nine second, shooting the ball right into Everton keeper Tim Howard’s hands.

In the 28th minute, Liverpool opened the scoring with midfielder’s Raul Miereles’ power shot 18 yards out going past Howard, making his first goal for the Reds.

Just moments after the second half started though, Everton produced their first goal of the night. A corner for the Blues allowed Sylvain Distin to head it in the back of the net.

Only minutes later did Everton’s second goal come, this time from Jermaine Beckford, shooting at close range past helpless Pepe Reina.

Tim Howard gave a penalty away after he tripped up Maxi Rodriguez in an effort to stop the Argentinean from scoring. This did not help however as Dirk Kuyt took the penalty shot and made it 2-2.

In the last moments of the game, both teams went into attacking mode, but nothing became of it and the game ended in a draw.

Kenny Dalglish said of the derby to the Liverpool Echo: “I think we were a wee bit unfortunate to come in at half-time only 1-0 up. Then they got two quick goals but then we showed a real desire and determination to get back into the game.”

Both teams are at only 26 points on the Premier League table, with Everton ahead at 12th place on goal difference.

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