Phil Jagielka on his stunning Merseyside derby goal

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Jagielka's equaliser earned Everton a big point against Liverpool at Anfield.

Everton defender Phil Jagielka described his stunning Merseyside derby strike as 'extra special' as he scored in the 92nd minute to give the Toffees a precious point from Anfield.

With Everton heading towards defeat after Steven Gerrard had given Liverpool the lead midway through the second half via a free-kick, Jagielka's strike will go down as one of the most memorable derby goals amongst Everton supporters.

The defender is quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “It could be an important goal. We’ve not always got the results we’d have liked so far this season. We’d liked to have come away from here with more than a point. But realistically the way the game went, and being one nil down with 90 minutes to go, we have to settle for that.

“It’s a tough week – Liverpool away, away to Russia and then Manchester United away. That’s a big demand on us so the point gives us more confidence."

Everton will be hoping to use that late goal, and the point that came with it, as a springboard for the remainder of the season. Last season they were humbled at Anfield when Liverpool ran out 4-0 winners, but this was a tighter affair, and they managed to come away with something for their efforts. 

Now they want to make it two wins from two in the Europa League, and will look to repeat their performance and result from Old Trafford last season, where they ended a 20-year wait for a victory against Manchester United last season.

Prior to the derby, Everton's season hadn't really got going - nor had their Merseyside neighbours. Liverpool will have felt dejected after Saturday's result but have got to put things behind them as they look to get some form and momentum going. A win in Basel for Brendan Rodgers' men would put them in a good position in the Champions League group stages.

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