Everton player ratings from Liverpool draw - Stones & Jagielka impress


A tight Merseyside derby saw Everton captain Phil Jagielka draw his side level with a wonderful goal from distance in added time, cancelling out Steven Gerrard's free kick.

Tim Howard 6.5/10 - The big American made one stunning save to push Balotelli’s close range strike on to the bar and over, but will be disappointed he failed to keep out Gerrard’s free kick after getting so much of his hand to it.

Tony Hibbert 6/10 - The Toffees veteran is no stranger to these kinds of matches, and did well enough while he was on the pitch, with one crunching tackle on Mario Balotelli helping the Italian come to terms with his first Merseyside derby. Lost Raheem Sterling once or twice.

John Stones 7.5/10 - Stones was given the nod over seasoned centre back Sylvin Distin, and the young Englishman put in an assured performance restricting Mario Balotelli to efforts from distance on the most part, as well showcasing his ability to bring the ball out of defence on occasions.

Phil Jagielka 8/10 - What a goal by the Everton captain! He had already enjoyed a strong game alongside Stones in the centre of the Toffees defence before his sublime rasping half volley in added time. There can be few better Everton goals at Anfield, and it helps end a spell of disappointing form for the defender.

Leighton Baines 6.5/10 - A couple of trademark runs down the left saw Baines arguably the most impressive fullback on display at Anfield. Some of his set pieces were a little short of his usual standard.

Gareth Barry 6.5/10 - Was in the thick of it in the first half, after receiving an early booking and walking a tightrope when it came to possible penalties and second yellows. That he stayed on the pitch, and continued to disrupt Liverpool’s midfield play showed that he did his job well enough.

Muhamed Besic 7/10 - Looks a decent signing for Everton, having impressed in the middle of the park for much of the game. Very capable with his passing, and having just turned 22-years-old, should only get better.

James McCarthy 6.5/10 - Tenacious and energetic defensively and when he burst forward, which he was able to do a little more with both Barry and Besic in the side.

Kevin Mirallas 5.5/10 - Seemed to pull his hamstring as he made his first telling attacking contribution down the right. Withdrawn on 30 minutes.

Steven Naismith 6/10 - Not as threatening as he has been in recent weeks, forcing just one comfortable save for Mignolet from distance.

Romelu Lukaku 6/10 - Initially looked threatening for the visitors, who had several decent attacking positions in the first half, but wasn’t really able to scare the Liverpool defence aside from when Moreno brought him down inside the box and the Belgian missed his best chance - a header just after the Reds scored.


Aiden McGeady 6.5/10 - An early introduction for the former Celtic man, as he replaced Mirallas midway through the first half. His trickery and forward play provided some interesting moments for the visitors.

Tyias Browning 6.5/10 - Did really well on his debut, coming on for Hibbert with just over 15 minutes left and slotting right into proceedings.

Samuel Etoo 6/10 - The Cameroon icon was a late addition, and did well at dropping back to link up the Everton midfield with the attack.

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