Daniel Sturridge's late equaliser rescued a point for Liverpool after a classic Merseyside derby with Everton at Goodison Park.

In the finest meeting between these two sides in years, Everton and Liverpool traded blows almost from the first whistle before both took a point at its conclusion.

Philippe Coutinho gave the visitors an early lead but Kevin Mirallas - who should have been sent off for a shocking first-half tackle on Luis Suarez - quickly equalised.

Suarez restored Liverpool's advantage before half-time but Everton, playing with the attacking intent manager Roberto Martinez is determined to introduce, responded in style.

Romelu Lukaku, who had twice been thwarted by Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet, side-footed home the equaliser before his towering header from Mirallas's corner put the hosts ahead with eight minutes left.

Rodgers angry at 'reckless' Mirallas

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had introduced Sturridge for Lucas with 15 minutes left and the move paid dividends in the 89th minute as he rose to head Steven Gerrard's free-kick beyond home keeper Tim Howard.

The list of chances was almost endless as, even in stoppage time, Howard saved from Suarez, and Mignolet blocked Everton substitute Gerard Deulofeu as both teams went for the winner.

They earned a standing ovation at the final whistle and rightly so after a thrilling 90 minutes.

Liverpool could only put Sturridge on the bench after he struggled with a thigh injury on England duty - but Suarez was available after flying back from Uruguay aboard owner John W Henry's private jet following their World Cup qualification on Thursday.

And it was inevitable that Suarez would be involved in most of the major talking points of an eventful first half.

The Reds were ahead inside five minutes in a manner that would have left Toffees manager Martinez aghast, as his side left Coutinho unmarked at the far post to score from Gerrard's corner, despite the efforts of James McCarthy on the line.

Martinez's counterpart Rodgers will not have felt any better as Everton equalised three minutes later, Mirallas pouncing to score after Martin Skrtel could not clear a Leighton Baines free-kick.

A free-flowing game looked certain to produce further goals. And so it proved as Suarez restored Liverpool's advantage in the 19th minute. He was fouled by Gareth Barry 25 yards out before inflicting further punishment by curling a low free-kick past the left hand of Howard.

Suarez was a central figure once more when he was felled by a shocking high challenge from Mirallas - referee Phil Dowd taking his time to make a decision as Liverpool's striker received lengthy treatment, before producing only a yellow card.

Mirallas, who was injured by a challenge from Suarez in last season's Merseyside derby, was fortunate to stay on the pitch after what looked a clear red card.

The hosts were dealt a blow just after half-time when Baines limped off, but Martinez felt bold enough to introduce gifted youngster Deulofeu, on loan from Barcelona, instead.

And he should have scored within moments when he was sent clear by Mirallas, but Mignolet was off his line quickly to block.

Lukaku had been a growing threat after a quiet start and twice Mignolet thwarted the giant striker as he looked poised to bring Martinez's men level.

It was Liverpool, however, who had the best opportunity - and contrived to waste it.

Suarez somehow ran a slalom through a number of home defenders and the ball fell to Joe Allen, but the midfielder, alone and eight yards out with only Howard to beat, side-footed wide.

Everton were throwing everything forward and were rewarded when Mirallas crossed for Lukaku to finally beat Mignolet, who got a hand to his shot from eight yards but could not keep it out.

And the striker then soared above Reds defender Jon Flanagan in a mismatch in Liverpool's penalty box to head in a corner from the influential Mirallas.

Liverpool were not to be denied a point though and Sturridge earned it for them. He had the ball in the net again in injury time but was well offside, while the visitors' substitute Victor Moses also headed wide.

But Everton fully deserved something from this game and final whistle blew just after McCarthy had seen a shot blocked in the area.

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (5)

Everton

  • 24 Howard
  • 23 Coleman
  • 03 Baines (Deulofeu - 50' )
  • 18 Barry Booked
  • 06 Jagielka
  • 15 Distin Booked
  • 11 Mirallas Booked (Osman - 88' )
  • 16 McCarthy
  • 17 Lukaku
  • 20 Barkley Booked
  • 22 Pienaar (Stones - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Robles
  • 05 Heitinga
  • 07 Jelavic
  • 10 Deulofeu
  • 14 Naismith
  • 21 Osman
  • 26 Stones

Liverpool

  • 22 Mignolet
  • 02 Johnson
  • 38 Flanagan
  • 21 Lucas Booked (Sturridge - 79' )
  • 37 Skrtel
  • 05 Agger
  • 08 Gerrard
  • 24 Allen Booked (Moses - 68' )
  • 07 Suárez Booked
  • 14 Henderson
  • 10 Coutinho

Substitutes

  • 01 Jones
  • 04 Kolo Touré
  • 06 Luis Alberto
  • 12 Moses
  • 15 Sturridge
  • 17 Sakho
  • 31 Sterling
Ref: Phil Dowd
Att: 39,576

Match Stats

Shots

18 11

On target

12 5

Corners

6 7

Fouls

16 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Everton 3, Liverpool 3.

90:00 +4:22 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Everton 3, Liverpool 3.

90:00 +4:18

Attempt blocked. James McCarthy (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Seamus Coleman.

90:00 +3:24

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Simon Mignolet.

90:00 +3:22

Attempt saved. Gerard Deulofeu (Everton) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by James McCarthy.

90:00 +2:56

Offside, Liverpool. Philippe Coutinho tries a through ball, but Daniel Sturridge is caught offside.

90:00 +2:55

Attempt blocked. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

90:00 +2:17

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Tim Howard.

90:00 +2:13

Attempt saved. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Simon Mignolet.

90:00 +1:00

Attempt missed. Victor Moses (Liverpool) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Luis Suárez with a cross following a set piece situation.

90:00 +0:05

Foul by Gareth Barry (Everton).

90:00 +0:05

Victor Moses (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

88:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Everton 3, Liverpool 3. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Steven Gerrard with a cross following a set piece situation.

88:10 Booking

Booking Sylvain Distin (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

88:00

Foul by Sylvain Distin (Everton).

88:00

Victor Moses (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

87:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Leon Osman replaces Kevin Mirallas.

86:14

Hand ball by Gerard Deulofeu (Everton).

85:23

Attempt saved. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku with a headed pass.

83:50

Foul by Gareth Barry (Everton).

83:50

Victor Moses (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

82:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. John Stones replaces Steven Pienaar.

81:44 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Everton 3, Liverpool 2. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas with a cross following a corner.

81:25

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Simon Mignolet.

81:24

Attempt saved. Gerard Deulofeu (Everton) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gareth Barry.

81:10

Attempt saved. Gerard Deulofeu (Everton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas.

80:02

Attempt blocked. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Victor Moses.

78:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge replaces Lucas Leiva.

78:27 Booking

Booking Luis Suárez (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card.

78:00

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Tim Howard.

77:59

Attempt saved. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Steven Gerrard with a cross.

76:53

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Phil Jagielka.

75:16

Foul by Kevin Mirallas (Everton).

75:16

Lucas Leiva (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:41

Ross Barkley (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:41

Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

74:34

Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:34

Foul by Victor Moses (Liverpool).

73:30

Attempt missed. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

72:22

Foul by Phil Jagielka (Everton).

72:22

Luis Suárez (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Everton 2, Liverpool 2. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James McCarthy.

70:58

Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

70:11

Ross Barkley (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:11

Foul by Lucas Leiva (Liverpool).

69:23

Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ross Barkley with a through ball.

67:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Victor Moses replaces Joe Allen.

67:36

Attempt missed. Ross Barkley (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by James McCarthy.

66:51 Booking

Booking Lucas Leiva (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

66:34

Steven Pienaar (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:34

Foul by Lucas Leiva (Liverpool).

66:09

Ross Barkley (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:09

Foul by Luis Suárez (Liverpool).

65:01

Foul by Sylvain Distin (Everton).

65:01

Luis Suárez (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:09

Attempt saved. Gareth Barry (Everton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas.

61:37

Attempt missed. James McCarthy (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

61:05 Booking

Booking Joe Allen (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

60:55

Kevin Mirallas (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:55

Foul by Joe Allen (Liverpool).

59:57

Foul by Kevin Mirallas (Everton).

59:57

Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:03

Attempt missed. Joe Allen (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

57:11

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Glen Johnson.

53:36

Offside, Liverpool. Glen Johnson tries a through ball, but Jordan Henderson is caught offside.

53:15

Attempt saved. Gerard Deulofeu (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas with a through ball.

52:06

Offside, Everton. Kevin Mirallas tries a through ball, but Gareth Barry is caught offside.

50:24

Sylvain Distin (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:24

Foul by Luis Suárez (Liverpool).

49:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Gerard Deulofeu replaces Leighton Baines.

49:07

Foul by Seamus Coleman (Everton).

49:07

Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:40

Ross Barkley (Everton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

46:40

Foul by Lucas Leiva (Liverpool).

45:48

Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:48

Foul by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool).

45:14

Phil Jagielka (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:14

Foul by Luis Suárez (Liverpool).

45:00

Second Half begins Everton 1, Liverpool 2.

45:00 +3:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Everton 1, Liverpool 2.

45:00 +2:10

Attempt missed. Leighton Baines (Everton) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Steven Pienaar.

45:00 +1:15

Offside, Liverpool. Glen Johnson tries a through ball, but Luis Suárez is caught offside.

45:00 +0:48

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Sylvain Distin.

45:00 +0:18

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Seamus Coleman.

44:36

James McCarthy (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:36

Foul by Luis Suárez (Liverpool).

43:56

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Lucas Leiva.

42:18

Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:18

Foul by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool).

38:55

Foul by James McCarthy (Everton).

38:55

Jon Flanagan (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:48

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

35:47 Booking

Booking Kevin Mirallas (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

33:44

Delay in match Luis Suárez (Liverpool) because of an injury.

33:06

Foul by Kevin Mirallas (Everton).

33:06

Luis Suárez (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:38 Booking

Booking Ross Barkley (Everton) is shown the yellow card.

30:34

Ross Barkley (Everton) has gone down, but that's a dive.

28:06

Attempt missed. Ross Barkley (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

26:55

Steven Pienaar (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

26:55

Foul by Lucas Leiva (Liverpool).

25:55

Attempt missed. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

22:27

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Sylvain Distin.

21:26

Foul by Sylvain Distin (Everton).

21:26

Daniel Agger (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:51

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Simon Mignolet.

20:48

Attempt saved. Ross Barkley (Everton) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Leighton Baines.

20:12

Steven Pienaar (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:12

Foul by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool).

18:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Everton 1, Liverpool 2. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

17:30

Foul by Gareth Barry (Everton).

17:30

Luis Suárez (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:42

Foul by Ross Barkley (Everton).

10:42

Joe Allen (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:20

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Jordan Henderson.

8:54

Offside, Liverpool. Daniel Agger tries a through ball, but Luis Suárez is caught offside.

7:41 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Everton 1, Liverpool 1. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner following a set piece situation.

6:58

Foul by Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool).

6:58

Phil Jagielka (Everton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

4:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Everton 0, Liverpool 1. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal following a corner.

4:17

Attempt blocked. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Gerrard with a cross.

3:42

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Seamus Coleman.

3:08

Foul by James McCarthy (Everton).

3:08

Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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