Everton player ratings v Liverpool: Lukaku proves Mourinho wrong

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Everton can feel aggrieved after a late goal saw them drop two points to local rivals Liverpool, here is who stood out for us.

Tim Howard - 6/10 - In the end made some good stops from good attacking moves, but should have done better for the first two goals. The first goal saw him get beaten from close range, where I feel he should have made himself bigger. The second was purely down to poor organisation from him which saw his wall fail to stop the shot getting through, leaving him no chance. 

Leighton Baines - 7/10 - The influential full-back was the main cause of concern for Liverpool in the first half as they struggled to deal with his balls in the box. He saw his game come to an abrupt end due to injury, which looked to be a huge loss for Everton.

Sylvain Distin - 7/10 - A strong second half performance from the experienced centre half allows him to leave the ground with his head up. 

Phil Jagielka - 7/10 - Just like Distin he produced a comfortable performance for Everton this afternoon. His distribution from the back was good and allowed Everton to have another dimension in their play.

Seamus Coleman - 6/10 - He started strong but in the end fell into the backdrop a little bit. The talented full-back produced a decent performance, and kept his defensive game very tight.

Gareth Barry - 7/10 - A strong performance from the former Manchester City midfielder as he looked to be locked in combat with the heavily manned Liverpool midfield.

James McCarthy - 7/10 - Played well and got a well deserved assist for his troubles. He did lose the ball carelessly a few times and perhaps didn't have the presence on the pitch he would have liked but can have no complaints with his game overall.

Steven Pienaar - 6/10 - He perhaps didn't have the impact he would have liked and should have hurt Liverpool a bit more than he did. He did show some clever touches and link up play, but will be disappointed not to have made more of a mark on the game.

Ross Barkley - 8/10 - The persistent England midfielder was one of the bright sparks for Everton, especially in the first half. The ever present player had the free run of the pitch in the first half and was brimming with confidence. In the second he had to be a bit more sensible due to the change of shape after Baines went off.

Kevin Mirallas - 7/10 - He was much better in the second half when he moved into the more central position. In the first half I felt like he could have took more of an advantage against the inexperienced Jon Flanagan.

Romelu Lukaku - 9/10 - MOTM - The Chelsea man was given the BT Sports man of the match award, and it was earned through shear persistence. The Belgian man looked like he was in for a frustrating afternoon down to the shear class of Liverpool's goalkeeper but in the end earned a well-deserved brace. He battled and troubled the Liverpool's defence, who simply couldn't deal with him.

Gerard Deulofeu - 6/10 - The Barcelona striker came on and proved to create a lot of exciting chances, and in the end was another player that Mignolet hacked off. The Spanish striker should have scored but lost his bottle when it came to pulling the trigger, to the frustration of Everton fans. 

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