Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard's free kick was cancelled out by a great Phil Jagielka strike in the Merseyside derby.
Steven Gerrard’s free kick wasn’t enough to give Liverpool the points in the Merseyside derby as a stunning strike from Phil Jagielka secured a point for Everton.
Tempers threatened to boil over at the start of the match when Gareth Barry got booked for the visitors inside two minutes for a bad foul on Adam Lallana who picked himself up to have a good game on a rare start for the Reds.
Lallana was also on the end of Liverpool’s first real chance when he connected with a header, which produced a great save from the ever reliable Tim Howard in the Everton goal.
Everton’s fluency wasn’t helped by an injury to Kevin Mirallas, who returned to the starting line-up but the hard work rate from Roberto Martinez’ team eventually paid off although their goal came from a surprising source.
The first key moment came in the second half when Leighton Baines gave away a free kick just outside the area, which allowed Gerrard to step up and send a cracking effort on target.
Howard got a hand to the shot but couldn’t get enough power on the ball to prevent it from hitting the back of the net.
Everton kept plugging away and were rewarded in the closing moments of the game as Phil Jagielka hit a superb half volley after Dejan Lovren had cleared a cross into the box.
The effort swerved away from Simon Mignolet, into the top corner and sent Toffees fans mad.