Merseyside rivals Everton and Liverpool played out an enthralling 3-3 draw at Goodison Park in Saturday's early Premier League kick-off.

Here, we cast opinion over just how the individuals from each respective team fared on a breathless afternoon...

Everton:

Tim Howard - 6

Without much to do in the first half, the American will feel he should've organised his wall a bit better when Suarez scored his free-kick. He was arguably too far to the his right when Suarez bent the ball into the left corner. Made an excellent save from a Suarez header after 78 minutes. 

Seamus Coleman - 7

The Irishman was a constant threat on the right for Everton. Although he was stood up by Jon Flanagan, he still managed to find some crosses - although they were limited. He is steadily offering as much service as Leighton Baines is on the left and is turning into a decent Premier League player.

Phil Jagielka - 6

After an impressive performance against Germany, Jagielka was solid once more against Liverpool despite letting three goals go in. He showed great composure at times, but he could be held responsible for Everton's abysmal defending at set-pieces. 

Sylvain Distin - 7

At 35, Distin must be contemplating retirement soon and games like this will be an indicator of how long he can continue. Based on his performance against Liverpool, he can continue for a while, as he put in a dominant performance, winning many aerial duels and making key interceptions. Notably defended well against Suarez when he was faced one-on-one against the Uruguayan in his own box. 

Leighton Baines - 6

The English left-back delivered a sublime cross for Everton's equaliser but was unable to have a big impact on the match. He had to be substituted after 50 minutes due to a toe injury.

Kevin Mirallas - 6

Although he equalised for Everton at 1-1 and did well to follow Ross Barkley's knock on, the Belgian should've been sent off after a nasty challenge on Suarez. Mirallas faded out of the game as it went on.

James McCarthy - 5

It was the former Wigan man's first Merseyside derby, but unfortunately he failed to make any sort of impact. He made needless fouls and failed to control the midfield with Gareth Barry. Unfortunately looked out of his depth today, although he will collect an assist for Everton's second goal with his toe-poked pass to Romelu Lukaku. 

Gareth Barry - 6

Barry has been one of the best signings of the season so far - albeit on loan. He held his own against Steven Gerrard but was moved to left-back once Baines was substituted. He had a part to play in Everton's second goal and overall put in a decent performance.

Steven Pienaar - 5

A decent performance from Pienaar. Not show-stopping, but he showed good composure at times and continued the flow of Everton's attacks. Once again, played well with Baines until the Englishman had to go off.

Ross Barkley - 8

The youngster proved why he was one of England's best prospects for the future. His fearless performance was a breath of fresh air and was a delight for all spectators. He played a part in Everton's first goal. He took on anyone he faced and sometimes his immaturity showed,  but his performance was so good that it didn't matter.

Romelu Lukalu - 8

Although Lukaku was denied multiple times by Belgian compatriot Simon Mignolet, his persistence paid off after he scored his sixth and seventh goals of the season, sliding home from a poked pass from McCarthy and scoring an excellent, powerful header from a corner. Easily man of the match with two goals in his first Merseyside derby. 

Gerard Deulofeu - 7

Shortly after coming on for Baines at the beginning of the second half, he missed a glaring one-on-one opportunity after shooting straight at Mignolet. Was involved in everything Everton produced in the second half.

John Stones - N/A

Came on for Pienaar within the last 10 minutes to improve the defence after going 3-2 up. Unfortunately, he couldn't help the Toffees stop conceding as DanielSturridge rescued a point. 

Leon Osman - N/A

Made an appearance for the last few minutes after coming on for Mirallas.

Liverpool:

Simon Mignolet - 8

One of Liverpool's most consistent players this season. Once again he proved what an excellent buy he was from Sunderland after world-class saves from Lukaku and Deulofeu. One of his biggest assets is how he stays up on his feet before committing to a save and he showed that today. The scoreline is harsh on the goalkeeper after displaying such a positive performance. 

Glen Johnson - 5

A typical Johnson display. The English right-back looked steady going forward, always offering an extra dimension when Liverpool attacked, but defensively he still looks frail. Considering he's a senior member of this squad, he made many school-boy errors which could've been more costly if the likes of Lucas weren't there to aid him. For some unknown reason, he was left to defend Lukaku at the for the third goal and couldn't handle the Belgian.

Martin Skrtel - 5

Conceding three goals is never good from a defender's point of view. He or Daniel Agger should've reacted quicker before Everton scored the second goal.

Daniel Agger - 5

The Dane was decent enough, but Brendan Rodgers will be worried that once the likes of Deulofeu ran at him, he was beaten way too easily. 

Jon Flanagan - 7

Making his full Liverpool debut, the young defender produced a very solid display. He was arguably Liverpool's best defender on the day. He stood up to the challenge of Mirallas and Coleman very well. 

Steven Gerrard - 6

It is hard to judge Gerrard after such an up and down performance. Despite the fact that many of his long-range passes were off and failed to reach their target, he floated a fantastic free-kick in the last 10 minutes for Sturridge to steer home.

Lucas Leiva - 7

The Brazilian justified why he's such an important player to this Liverpool side. He made many essential interceptions and tackles, in particular his challenge on Lukaku after Johnson's mistake in the first half. 

Joe Allen - 4

Returning to the Liverpool side, Allen would have been expected to be eager to make an impact on this game. He did, but not a good one. Although he had been playing reasonably well, he'll be remembered for one of the misses of the season when he was one-on-one on 60 minutes and painfully shot wide. 

Jordan Henderson - 5

Henderson's performance won't be judged upon his attacking today. He spent most of the first half protecting Johnson against the left-wing attack of Baines and Pienaar. 

Philippe Coutinho - 5

He wasn't in the game for large parts, but showed great composure to score Liverpool's opener. He was more involved in the second half, but couldn't really adapt his game to the ferocious pace of the Merseyside derby. 

Luis Suarez - 8

After missing the first five games of the season, Suarez is the Premier League's top scorer after scoring a delightful free-kick against Howard. He also won the free-kick in the first place and constantly tormented the Everton defenders. Produced a fantastic volley in the closing stages which Howard managed to divert for a corner.

Victor Moses - 4

Came on a substitute after 67 minutes, but unfortunately failed to make any impression on the game. Missed a glaring chance in added time. 

Daniel Sturridge - N/A

Sturridge was brought on as a substitute after 78 minutes and scored an incredible header in the closing stages. Rescued a point for Liverpool after a tough week with injuries. Almost won the game in stoppage time but was unfortunately offside. 

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