Alan Smith explains how Romelu Lukaku proved people wrong against Liverpool

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Alan Smith says Romelu Lukaku showed his physical edge against Liverpool.

Pundit Alan Smith has told Sky Sports that he felt Romelu Lukaku had a 'really good game' for Everton as they drew 1-1 with Liverpool at Goodison Park.

Sunday's Merseyside derby ended all square as Danny Ings' opener for Liverpool was cancelled out by Lukaku's swift equaliser, in a game which proved to be Brendan Rodgers' last as Reds boss.

The equalising goal from Lukaku capped off what has been a sensational week for the Belgian hitman. The 22-year-old striker scored twice and notched an assist against West Bromwich Albion on Monday, and continued his fine recent form against Liverpool.

There were plenty of questions asked last season, when Lukaku scored just ten Premier League goals for Everton having completed a permanent move from Chelsea last summer - but he has hit back in style so far this term.

With five goals in eight Premier League games, Lukaku looks he is back to his best, and Smith feels that he proved people wrong against Liverpool.

Smith told Sky Sports that there is a common belief that Lukaku isn't physical enough despite his huge frame, but proved that he can endure the physical battles with aggressive defenders like Liverpool's Martin Skrtel.

"Lukaku, I thought, had a really good game," said Smith. "As well as his goal, which he took really well, I thought he engaged Skrtel - he was physical. Sometimes you think Lukaku doesn't put himself about much, but I thought he used his physical frame to make a nuisance of himself against Skrtel, who is not an easy customer," he added.

At just 22, Lukaku still has his best years ahead of him. Much is made of Jose Mourinho's decision to sell him in 2014, but he is continuing to develop under Roberto Martinez at Everton. Some believe that he won't live up to his reputation when he burst on to the scene with Anderlecht, but his recent displays have shown that Lukaku can certainly become one of the top Premier League strikers.

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