Everton 3-3 Liverpool

Daniel Sturridge’s late header rescued a point for Liverpool in the 221st Merseyside derby.

Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez cancelled out Kevin Miralles’s goal to give the visitors a 2-1 first-half lead. Romelu Lukaku’s second-half brace turned the game on its head, but, Sturridge clinched a draw with his 89th-minute header.

The result keeps Liverpool in second place in the Premier League while Everton sit in seventh.

The derby started in entertaining fashion when five minutes in, the unmarked Coutinho drove in Steven Gerrard’s corner to give Liverpool the lead.

However, just three minutes later, Miralles made it 1-1 when he fired in Leighton Baines’ free-kick.

Suarez restored the visitors’ lead after smashing in an exquisite low free-kick through the Everton wall on 19 minutes, but, the Blues remained undeterred.

Everton twice threatened in five minutes, but, they entered the break trailing 2-1.

Five minutes after the restart, substitute Gerard Deulofeu – who replaced the injured Baines – should have scored when he drove Miralles’s through-ball straight at Simon Mignolet moments later.

Joe Allen then fired wide before Lukaku forced the Liverpool number one into a clearance at the other end.

However, Mignolet failed to keep out the on-loan Chelsea striker’s low shot which levelled things at 2-2 on 72 minutes.

Roberto Martinez’s men were heading for a first league win over their rivals in three seasons when Lukaku netted an 82nd-minute header, but, substitute Sturridge clinched a draw with his header from Gerrard’s free-kick on 89 minutes.

Vaishali

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