Luis Suarez took centre stage as Liverpool and Everton shared the points after a pulsating 90 minutes in the 219th Merseyside derby.
The Uruguayan was controversially denied an injury-time winner after Everton had fought back from 2-0 down, but it was an earlier goal celebration which is likely to prove the game's enduring image.
Having played a key role in Liverpool's opener with a shot that deflected in off Leighton Baines, Suarez ran to celebrate with a swallow dive in front of David Moyes - a reference to claims by the Everton manager before the game that he went down too easily.
Suarez added Liverpool's second with a deft header four minutes later only for Everton to score twice before half-time through Leon Osman and Steven Naismith. The result leaves Everton in fifth and extends Liverpool's unbeaten run to four matches.
At the final whistle, they could give no more. Everton and Liverpool had fought each other to a standstill, matching each other step for step and, ultimately, goal for goal.
If the clocks had not quite gone back 25 years to the days when Peter Reid and Steve McMahon slugged it out in midfield, Steven Gerrard and Marouane Fellaini, an adopted Scouser, still refused to give each other the time to exhibit their playmaking skills.
Much of the talk before the game had centred on Everton's best start to a Premier League campaign since they qualified for the Champions League places in 2004-05, but Moyes had made the headlines by claiming Suarez consistently went down too easily.
"Some other European leagues have all the culture of a theme park. I prefer the Premier League - it's like a dangerous fairground ride."
In the 14th minute, the Reds striker pounced on a loose ball to the right of the Everton penalty box and sent in a low shot that deflected in at the near post off Baines's leg.
Suarez turned for the dugouts to celebrate, pointing in Moyes's direction before throwing himself into the air in a swallow dive and landing on the touchline in front of the Everton manager.
The Scot stormed out of his seat and a number of items were thrown on to the field in the minutes after the goal, but more drama was to come.
Five minutes later, Suarez scored a second Liverpool goal. Sterling won a disputed free-kick, Gerrard curled a delightful ball onto the head of his striker and Suarez applied the glancing blow that took the ball beyond Blues keeper Tim Howard into the net.
The celebration was more traditional this time but Goodison was stunned. The home support had no time to catch its breath, however, as Everton surged forward driven on by their manager. Nikica Jelavic combined with Fellaini to win a corner, and Brad Jones could only punch it to the edge of his penalty area where Osman thumped it back across the Liverpool goalkeeper and into the net.
Everton drew hope, and with it purpose and penetration, as Phil Neville and Osman started to dominate the midfield battle. Kevin Mirallas was tormenting Andre Wisdom down the Everton left, creating one chance for Fellaini and another for himself as Goodison now bounced with optimism.
It was no surprise when the equaliser arrived shortly after the half-hour. Mirallas surged forward again, but his cross hit Fellaini. The Belgian gathered the loose ball and sent another cross into the middle where Naismith arrived to score his first goal for Everton.
Liverpool were being overrun and Rodgers required a major reshuffle at the break. A switch to three at the back allowed his side the spare man in midfield but it was the decision to thrust Sterling into a central attacking role alongside Suarez that caused Everton a bigger problem.
- Suarez has attempted more shots at goal (44) than any other player this season.
- Suarez's last five goals in the Premier League have all come away from home.
The 17-year-old's pace was an immediate issue, as he broke beyond Phil Jagielka only to skew his shot wide with just Howard to beat. But Everton kept coming too. Fellaini headed wide and Jelavic came within a big toe of an Everton third as he stretched to reach Seamus Coleman's low cross, before inexplicably heading Baines's free kick-wide from six yards.
Suarez was never far from the action in his role as pantomime villain, receiving a booking for treading on the back of Sylvain Distin's leg.
Liverpool came again and thought they had snatched a winner when Gerrard's free-kick was headed down by Sebastian Coates and prodded in by Suarez.
The red half of Merseyside began to celebrate but the linesman's flag was raised, replays showed incorrectly, and the points were shared.
- 24 Howard
- 03 Baines
- 06 Jagielka Booked
- 15 Distin
- 18 Neville Booked
- 23 Coleman Booked
- 21 Osman Booked
- 25 Fellaini
- 07 Jelavic
- 11 Mirallas (Gueye - 46' )
- 14 Naismith (Oviedo - 85' )
- 01 Mucha
- 02 Hibbert
- 05 Heitinga
- 08 Oviedo
- 16 Hitzlsperger
- 19 Gueye
- 27 Vellios
- 01 Jones
- 03 Jose Enrique
- 05 Agger Booked
- 37 Skrtel
- 47 Wisdom (Henderson - 70' )
- 04 Sahin (Coates - 46' )
- 08 Gerrard
- 24 Allen
- 31 Sterling Booked
- 07 Suarez Booked
- 30 Suso (Shelvey - 46' )
- 25 Reina
- 16 Coates
- 23 Carragher
- 14 Henderson
- 19 Downing
- 33 Shelvey
- 11 Assaidi
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.90:00 +4:12
Luis Suarez has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.90:00 +3:38
The referee blows for offside. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.90:00 +2:43
Foul by Leon Osman on Steven Gerrard, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Steven Gerrard.90:00 +1:47
Foul by Magaye Gueye on Joe Allen, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Daniel Agger.90:00 +1:24
Bryan Oviedo delivers the ball, Sanchez Jose Enrique gets a block in.89:52
Nikica Jelavic is caught offside. Free kick taken by Brad Jones.88:18
Sylvain Distin concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Suarez. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Gerrard.87:37
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sylvain Distin by Raheem Sterling. Phil Jagielka restarts play with the free kick.86:44
Bryan Oviedo produces a cross, clearance by Jonjo Shelvey.85:55
Daniel Agger restarts play with the free kick.85:55 Booking
Booking Booking for Seamus Coleman for unsporting behaviour.85:47
Raheem Sterling fouled by Seamus Coleman, the ref awards a free kick.84:59
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Seamus Coleman by Raheem Sterling. Phil Jagielka takes the free kick.84:39 Substitution
Substitution Bryan Oviedo comes on in place of Steven Naismith.84:30
Shot by Raheem Sterling from outside the box goes over the target.84:21
Steven Naismith concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Allen. Direct free kick taken by Joe Allen.83:32
Corner taken by Steven Gerrard, Leon Osman manages to make a clearance.83:11
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Leighton Baines gets a block in.82:44
Jordan Henderson takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line, Sylvain Distin manages to make a clearance.82:17
Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Blocked by Phil Jagielka.80:34
Outswinging corner taken by Leighton Baines from the left by-line, Sylvain Distin produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.80:19
Leighton Baines takes a shot. Martin Skrtel gets a block in.79:33
Sebastian Coates challenges Marouane Fellaini unfairly and gives away a free kick. Phil Neville restarts play with the free kick.78:25
Foul by Joe Allen on Marouane Fellaini, free kick awarded. Sylvain Distin takes the direct free kick.77:23
Marouane Fellaini challenges Raheem Sterling unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joe Allen takes the free kick.76:41
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Allen by Steven Naismith. Daniel Agger takes the direct free kick.76:10
Jonjo Shelvey has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.75:57
Centre by Seamus Coleman, comfortable save by Brad Jones.75:04
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonjo Shelvey on Sylvain Distin. Direct free kick taken by Tim Howard.74:42
Marouane Fellaini gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Allen. Free kick taken by Joe Allen.73:49
Inswinging corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Nikica Jelavic.73:38
Jordan Henderson sends in a cross, save by Tim Howard.73:19
Magaye Gueye delivers the ball.70:15
Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.70:15 Booking
Booking Booking for Luis Suarez.70:10
Foul by Luis Suarez on Sylvain Distin, free kick awarded.69:03 Substitution
Substitution Jordan Henderson on for Andre Wisdom.67:56
Leighton Baines crosses the ball in from the free kick, Sanchez Jose Enrique makes a clearance.67:56 Booking
Booking Daniel Agger booked.67:54
Daniel Agger is penalised for a handball.67:26
Luis Suarez is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Phil Jagielka takes the indirect free kick.65:24
Joe Allen challenges Seamus Coleman unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is crossed by Leighton Baines, Header from close range by Nikica Jelavic misses to the right of the target.63:06
Sebastian Coates concedes a free kick for a foul on Nikica Jelavic. Centre by Leighton Baines, Nikica Jelavic has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.60:55
Shot from outside the box by Leon Osman goes wide right of the target.60:23
The ball is delivered by Seamus Coleman, Martin Skrtel gets a block in.58:28
Seamus Coleman produces a cross, Headed effort from inside the area by Marouane Fellaini misses to the left of the goal.58:19
Centre by Leighton Baines, clearance made by Daniel Agger.56:37
Shot comes in from Steven Gerrard from the free kick, save made by Tim Howard.56:37 Booking
Booking Phil Jagielka booked for unsporting behaviour.56:34
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Raheem Sterling by Phil Jagielka.54:33
Seamus Coleman crosses the ball, Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.52:32
Daniel Agger gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marouane Fellaini. Direct free kick taken by Seamus Coleman.50:13
Effort from the edge of the box by Seamus Coleman goes wide of the right-hand upright.49:56
Nikica Jelavic takes a shot. Save by Brad Jones.49:26
Unfair challenge on Marouane Fellaini by Jonjo Shelvey results in a free kick. Phil Jagielka takes the free kick.48:55
Raheem Sterling produces a mishit right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.47:53
The ball is delivered by Magaye Gueye, clearance made by Martin Skrtel.47:19
Steven Gerrard concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Naismith. Phil Jagielka takes the direct free kick.47:09
Centre by Andre Wisdom, save made by Tim Howard.45:01
The second half has started.45:01 Substitution
Substitution Magaye Gueye is brought on as a substitute for Kevin Mirallas.45:01 Substitution
Substitution Jonjo Shelvey on for Jesus Fernandez Saez.45:01 Substitution
Substitution Sebastian Coates is brought on as a substitute for Nuri Sahin.45:00 +3:16 Half time
Half Time It is the end of the first-half.45:00 +2:14
Shot from just outside the box by Steven Gerrard goes over the bar.45:00 +1:50
Direct free kick taken by Brad Jones.45:00 +1:09 Booking
Booking Phil Neville is shown a yellow card.45:00 +0:18
Luis Suarez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leighton Baines. Tim Howard takes the free kick.45:00 +0:06
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Mirallas on Jesus Fernandez Saez. Direct free kick taken by Nuri Sahin.44:16
Effort on goal by Seamus Coleman from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.44:06
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines from the left by-line.43:28
Leighton Baines takes the outswinging corner, Sylvain Distin takes a shot. Clearance made by Martin Skrtel.43:16
Kevin Mirallas takes a shot. Martin Skrtel gets a block in.42:33
Unfair challenge on Joe Allen by Kevin Mirallas results in a free kick. Joe Allen takes the free kick.41:29
Sylvain Distin is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Brad Jones.40:27
Luis Suarez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Mirallas. Leighton Baines crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, clearance by Daniel Agger.38:28
Leon Osman produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.38:11
Corner taken by Leighton Baines played to the near post, Steven Gerrard manages to make a clearance.37:55
Kevin Mirallas takes a shot. Save by Brad Jones.35:52
A cross is delivered by Raheem Sterling.34:34
Assist by Marouane Fellaini.34:34 Goal scored
Goal! - Steven Naismith - Everton 2 - 2 Liverpool Steven Naismith fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Everton 2-2 Liverpool.34:32
Centre by Marouane Fellaini,34:12
A cross is delivered by Steven Gerrard, Leon Osman makes a clearance.32:03
Nikica Jelavic is caught offside. Brad Jones restarts play with the free kick.30:53
Leighton Baines fouled by Raheem Sterling, the ref awards a free kick. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.30:03
Unfair challenge on Joe Allen by Kevin Mirallas results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Andre Wisdom.29:27
Kevin Mirallas crosses the ball, save by Brad Jones.29:01
Kevin Mirallas produces a cross, clearance by Andre Wisdom.28:28
Free kick taken by Leighton Baines.28:28 Booking
Booking Raheem Sterling is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.28:24
Leighton Baines fouled by Raheem Sterling, the ref awards a free kick.27:45
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nuri Sahin on Kevin Mirallas. Sylvain Distin takes the free kick.26:02
Luis Suarez produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.25:13
The ball is swung over by Kevin Mirallas, Unfair challenge on Brad Jones by Sylvain Distin results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Brad Jones.25:02
Kevin Mirallas decides to take a short corner.24:48
A cross is delivered by Kevin Mirallas, clearance made by Martin Skrtel.23:27
Phil Neville delivers the ball, Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.22:36
Raheem Sterling challenges Leighton Baines unfairly and gives away a free kick. Leighton Baines takes the free kick.21:29
Assist by Leighton Baines.21:29 Goal scored
Goal! - Leon Osman - Everton 1 - 2 Liverpool Leon Osman fires in a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Everton 1-2 Liverpool.21:17
Corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines, Brad Jones makes a save.20:59
Marouane Fellaini takes a shot. Blocked by Daniel Agger.19:50
Assist by Steven Gerrard.19:50 Goal scored
Goal! - Luis Suarez - Everton 0 - 2 Liverpool Luis Suarez finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the area. Everton 0-2 Liverpool.19:10
The ball is swung over by Steven Gerrard,19:10 Booking
Booking Leon Osman is shown a yellow card.19:07
Unfair challenge on Raheem Sterling by Leon Osman results in a free kick.17:49
Free kick awarded for a foul by Marouane Fellaini on Daniel Agger. Free kick taken by Daniel Agger.17:20
Foul by Jesus Fernandez Saez on Steven Naismith, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Seamus Coleman.13:54
Assist on the goal came from Luis Suarez.13:54 Goal scored
Goal! - Leighton Baines - Everton 0 - 1 Liverpool An own goal is scored by Leighton Baines. Everton 0-1 Liverpool.13:52
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Leighton Baines gets a block in.11:19
Nuri Sahin is caught offside. Tim Howard takes the indirect free kick.9:21
Corner taken by Leighton Baines, Headed effort from inside the area by Nikica Jelavic misses to the left of the goal.9:11
Inswinging corner taken by Kevin Mirallas from the left by-line, Brad Jones makes a save.8:55
The ball is sent over by Kevin Mirallas, clearance by Martin Skrtel.6:49
Unfair challenge on Nuri Sahin by Steven Naismith results in a free kick. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the free kick.4:51
Jesus Fernandez Saez crosses the ball, save by Tim Howard.4:27
The ball is swung over by Marouane Fellaini, clearance made by Daniel Agger.3:43
Nuri Sahin crosses the ball.3:13
Steven Gerrard takes the inswinging corner, Phil Neville makes a clearance.3:04
Steven Gerrard produces a cross, Steven Naismith gets a block in.2:41
Short corner taken by Steven Gerrard.0:33
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Leighton Baines, clearance made by Daniel Agger.0:15
The ball is swung over by Nikica Jelavic, Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.0:00
The referee gets the game started.
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