Liverpool and Everton drew 1-1 at Anfield on Saturday with a late Phil Jagielka wonder-strike cancelling out Steven Gerrard’s opener.
When you consider the impact of the Toffees defender, a comparison piece asking who had the better game between him and Martin Skrtel may be deemed somewhat redundant. But there was far more to the two players’ performances, with both defenders putting in impressive shifts at the heart of their respective defences.
Jagielka obviously had a huge say by scoring the equaliser, but at the opposite end of the pitch he also had an outstanding 98 per cent pass accuracy compared with Skrtel’s still impressive 91 per cent.
The Everton star also outperformed his Liverpool counterpart when it came to effective headed clearances, making twice as many as Skrtel.
That said, the Reds defender made more effective clearances with his feet and won more aerial battles and more interceptions than Jagielka, while the two men matched each other in terms of ground duels won with three apiece.
So Skrtel certainly played his part, but ultimately it was not as big a role as Jagielka, whose passing was outstanding throughout and whose goal ensured the honours were shared.