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FEW RIVALRIES IN football are as hotly contested as the Merseyside Derby and it is always a treat for football fans. The two sides come into today’s game in contrasting form. Liverpool have been playing some of their best football of the year recently while Everton have only won one of their last seven league games.

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Hello and welcome to our Merseyside Derby liveblog this evening. Here are the two teams.

 

 

Jordan Ibe starts for Liverpool, which is a bit of a shock. Sturridge is still on the bench.

If you are thinking of having a bet, Everton are 21/10, Liverpool are 11/8 and the draw is 23/10.

When the two sides met earlier in the year Phil Jagielka rescued a late 1-1 draw at Anfield with this screamer.

Source: albieo909/YouTube

Steven Gerrard leads Liverpool out in what could be his last ever derby. The end of an era in a way.

We are off at Goodison Park!

1Mins

Everton have an early free kick but Martin Skrtel heads clear.

2Mins

Sterling and Moreno exchange passes in the Everton box but the England winger’s shot is blocked.

3Mins

Everton break well and Stones has a chance to play Lukaku through but the Belgian’s touch is poor and Liverpool break it up.

5Mins

Both teams are playing at a high tempo so far but Seamus Coleman’s cross is too high and goes out for a goal kick.

6Mins

Mirallas flashes a cross into the box but Mignolet does well to get down and gather it.

7Mins

Coutinho plays a nice pass behind the defence to Sterling on the left and after beating the keeper he clips a shot a few feet wide. It was a very tricky angle but he will have hoped to have done better.

9Mins

Gerrard’s dipping free kick from just outside the box is tipped over for a corner.

10Mins

Everton have another opportunity to break but once again the Liverpool defence read the attack and win the ball back.

12Mins

Lukaku is almost freed in the box but Can gets a foot to it and clears.

14Mins

After an exciting opening five minutes the game has settled into a bit of a rut. Also, Lucas is leaving the pitch with an injury and it looks like Markovic is coming on.

15Mins

Joe Allen is actually coming on for Lucas.

16Mins

Sterling’s low cross is almost turned in by Ibe but Robles smothers it at his near post.

17Mins

Everton have a corner after a Naismith run.

19Mins

McCarthy gets a head to the corner but it doesn’t trouble Mignolet.

20Mins

Naismith plays a nice one-two with Lukaku but the Scot’s shot is blocked by Sakho on the edge of the box.

21Mins

Coleman makes a strong run on the right wing and his curled cross finds the head of Naismith but his header bounces into the hands of Mignolet.

24Mins

Sterling appeals for handball after Stones wins the ball off him in the box. Replays show it bounced off his backside.

25Mins

Ibe just cracked the post with a stinging drive. Robles was well beaten.

28Mins

Mirallas was free on the right but his pass was behind Naismith and the striker couldn’t get a shot away.

29Mins

Sterling tries to bamboozle Barry on the left wing but the midfielder does well to block the cross into Robles’ hands.

32Mins

A good ball is played long into Lukaku and it looks like he has a step on Skrtel but the defender stretches out a leg to nick possession. The big Belgian has been quite disappointing so far.

33Mins

Coutinho plays the ball into Sterling on the left hand side of the box but his shot is blocked and cleared. Sterling has been very lively so far.

34Mins

Coutinho shoots from 20 yards out but it lands in Robles’ hands. It was from the same area where he scored the winner against Bolton in midweek.

36Mins

McCarthy picks up the first booking for a late challenge on Coutinho.

38Mins

Another long ball towards Lukaku but Can beats him to it. Regardless, the flag was up.

38Mins

Liverpool have a free kick 30 yards out on the right wing.

40Mins

Gerrard goes short to Can but his cross is headed clear. Liverpool fans would probably have preferred for Gerrard to whip it in from there.

40Mins

Ibe wins a corner for Liverpool.

42Mins

Everton deal with the corner and clear.

43Mins

Skrtel kicks the ball out of play as Coutinho is down holding his knee. Could be bad for Liverpool here.

44Mins

Coutinho is on his feet and we have two minutes of added time.

45Mins

HT Everton 0-0 Liverpool

The half started at a very fast pace but it has been short on quality for long periods. Liverpool have had the better chances and the closest either team came was Ibe’s shot against the post.

The second half is off!

47Mins

Everton have a free kick 30 yards out after Allen fouls Naismith.

48Mins

Mirallas curls the ball over the wall but it drifts a few yards wide.

49Mins

Stones almost makes a mess of his clearance but the linesman bails him out by raising the offside flag.

51Mins

Coutinho tries to play a really tight pass to Gerrard in the box but it is too hard and goes out for a goal kick.

51Mins

Sturridge is getting instructions on the bench as he prepares to come on.

52Mins

Barry gives the ball away in midfield and it allows Sterling to get a shot away but Robles holds it.

52Mins

Coutinho plays Sterling through on the left but once again Robles beats away a Sterling shot.

53Mins

Gerrard goes close with an overhead kick! Naismith deflects the spectacular effort over.

54Mins

It’s all Liverpool at the moment as they press for the opening goal.

54Mins

Sturridge is on for Coutinho. Rodgers must want to protect the Brazilian after that tough challenge in the first half.

56Mins

Lennon will make his Everton debut now as he comes on for Mirallas.

60Mins

Everton looked to have weathered the early second half storm and the game is more even now.

65Mins

Not much of note has happened in the last five minutes as both sides struggle to create chances.

66Mins

Coleman has gotten forward on a number of occasions but his crossing hasn’t been at its usual standard.

69Mins

Sturridge tries to let the ball run through his legs to Sterling but Jagielka breaks it up. At the other end, Coleman gets the ball high on the right again but once more his cross is too high and goes over.

70Mins

Sterling crosses the ball in from the right and both Sturridge and Moreno get shots away but both of them are blocked. Liverpool are starting to assert themselves once again.

72Mins

Oviedo gets a yellow card for fouling Ibe and Liverpool have a free kick on the right wing outside the box.

73Mins

The free kick is poor and the first man in the wall deals with it.

74Mins

At the other end, Can and Lukaku have a great battle for a bouncing ball and the Liverpool player does excellently to come out of defence with the ball.

74Mins

Lukaku must be close to a Premier League record for offsides tonight.

76Mins

But this time the Belgian wins a battle with Can and Everton have a corner.

76Mins

The ball breaks to Lennon on the edge of the box but he slices his shot wide.

77Mins

Yellow cards for Henderson and Naismith after a brief scuffle.

81Mins

Everton are putting a bit more pressure on Liverpool now but the visitors defence is still holding firm.

81Mins

Corner for Liverpool after Barry deflects Ibe’s cross wide.

82Mins

Lambert is on for Sterling.

83Mins

Lambert takes a ball down on his chest just outside the box and unleashes a volley that gets blocked.

84Mins

Sturridge plays the ball across the edge of the box to Gerrard who flicks it into the path of Lambert. The striker swivels but hits it straight at Robles.

84Mins

Ross Barkley is on for Naismith.

86Mins

Barkley finds Coleman in acres of space on the right hand side of the box and the defender’s drive is magnificently tipped wide by Mignolet. Great save by the keeper because that looked destined for the top corner.

87Mins

Sturridge tees up Gerrard on the edge of the box but his left footed drive goes just wide.

89Mins

Barkley picks out Lennon high on the right wing but his cross flies into the hands of Mignolet.

90Mins

Three minutes added time here.

90Mins

A minute and a half to go here as both teams push for a winner.

90Mins

FT Everton 0-0 Liverpool

No further chances as both sides leave with a point.

90Mins

That is all from our liveblog this evening. Make sure to check the site in the next few minutes for a full report from Goodison Park.

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