Five things we learned about Liverpool after the Merseyside derby

Saturday's fantastic derby game told us plenty of things about Liverpool.

In what was one of the matches of the Premier League season so far, Liverpool led twice before falling behind to fierce rivals Everton late on. There was still a twist in the tale though as Daniel Sturridge came from behind to net a dramatic last minute equaliser.

Below we look at five Liverpool lessons

Coutinho is almost as important an attacking option as Suarez and Sturridge

Though he drifted in and out of game, the young Brazilian proved that he is undoubtedly Liverpool's most dangerous attacking midfielder with his clever opener for the Reds. As he gets his match fitness back following his injury expect to see him grow in influence.

Liverpool need to pick a settled defensive formation

Liverpool looked exposed in the second half against Everton, as the Blues constantly found themselves one-on-one with Mignolet. With their pool of strong central defenders the Reds have dabbled with playing three at the back at various points in the season. Though that may not be the answer, picking a settled defensive formation and centre back pairing will only help their season.

Bend it like Beckham? More like bend it like Suarez

Suarez may just be the best free-kick taker in the country. The Uruguayan put in another outstanding performance, leading the line really well in the first half especially. He was also on the end of some hefty challenges but it was his outstanding free kick, packed full of swerve, that caught the eye.

Simon Mignolet is one of the top keepers in the league

The Belgian made several huge Schmeichel-esque saves, at least two against fellow Belgian Romelu Lukaku and two more against Gerard Deulofeu. Would be disappointed to concede three, but it would have been a lot more but for his heroics.

Joe Allen's miss as bad as we've seen this season

As the dust settled on the 3-3 draw, Joe Allen's glaring miss with just Howard to beat almost seemed like a bad dream to Liverpool fans. Amongst a host of big chances kept out by superb saves, Allen's was the one that was unforgivable, and will do little to endear him to the Anfield faithful after a difficult start to his Liverpool career. 

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