Everton and Liverpool ended in a 3-3 thrilling draw this Saturday at Goodison Park. With both teams in a good form since the start of the season, this 221st Merseyside derby could have only been a good one.
Having struggled in their last five games away from homes (only one win in last five away matches), Liverpool suffered in the second half, and was saved many times by their Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, who came up with fantastic saves to deny Romelu Lukaku and Gerard Delofeu at numerous occasions.
It started very well for the Reds with a goal by Philippe Coutinho, the Brazilian midfielder, putting Liverpool ahead with a composed finish from close range. Everton equalized five minutes later by Kevin Mirallas before Luis Suarez gave the lead back to Liverpool with a stunning free kick very reminiscent of the one he scored against Manchester City at Anfield last season. At the break, Liverpool was up 2-1.
The second half started with Everton pushing forward to equalize. The Toffees came very close to equalize at many occasions, but were denied by an excellent Mignolet. Everton was rewarded of their domination with an equalizer by Lukaku at the 72nd minute before taking the lead for the first time in the game with a towering header by the same Lukaku at the 82nd minute. Lukaku, on loan from Chelsea, has now scored seven goals since joining Everton. Daniel Sturridge came to the rescue of Liverpool with a late equalizer at the 89th minute. The English international scored his ninth goal of the season and is the joint top scorer of the Premier League with his teammate Suarez.
The 221st Merseyside derby was a great game of football and exceeded the expectations. Everton and Liverpool offered us a great game with everything you want from a derby: passion, drama, intensity and, more importantly, goals.