The first Merseyside derby of the English Premier League season ended in a 1-1 draw at Anfield on Saturday afternoon with a late strike from Phil Jagielka cancelled out Steven Gerrard’s free kick. Liverpool were looking for maximum points against Everton as both teams were coming from defeat. The Reds started the match with intent as they dominated the first ten minutes, but the Toffees managed to slow the game down with their passing game.
Leighton Baines had a chance to find his teammates in the 18-yard box but Dejan Lovren cleared the out in the 20th minute. In the 29th
minute Kevin Mirallas was forced to be substituted by Aiden McGeady after twisting his hamstring. The match went to half-time at 0-0 as both teams were not creating clear cut chances.
In the second half the hosts started brightly as they were rewarded in the 64th minute after Mario Balotelli was fouled and Gerrard made no mistake with the free kick to hand Brendan Rodgers’ side a 1-0 lead on 65 minutes. A minute later Balotelli should have scored but hit the post as the visitors looked flat. Lazar Markovic was replaced by Philippe Coutinho soon afterwards.
Robert Martinez’s men tried to push forward as they were looking for the equalising goal but they were not threatening until Jagielka popped up with a stunning long-range goal in the 91st minute to secure a point away from home.