Gerrard rescues Reds a replay

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard rescued his side again with the equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Merseyside rivals Everton in their FA Cup fourth-round tie at Anfield.

Joleon Lescott had put the visitors ahead against the run of play with a close-range header from a corner in the 27th minute.

Despite dominating, Liverpool failed to make their possession count but Gerrard ensured a replay at Goodison Park on Wednesday week when he beat goalkeeper Tim Howard at his near post in the 54th minute after a sublime piece of skill from Fernando Torres.

Joleon Lescott gave the visitors a first-half lead and only the combined brilliance of Fernando Torres and Gerrard denied them a famous victory.

Liverpool barely created a decent scoring chance in the opening half, and the first time Everton broke out they won a 27th-minute corner that produced a goal to stun the Kop.

From Liverpool's point of view it was yet another set-piece disaster. Tim Cahill, booked early on for deliberant handball, flicked on Steven Pienaar's flag-kick and Lescott nodded past an exposed Jose Reina.

From then until the break Everton defended deep, with great resilience and rendered Liverpool frustrated and chanceless.

It needed something special to break Everton's iron grip, and it came from Torres and Gerrard, combining to stunning effect after 54 minutes.

Torres juggled the ball and then produced a breathtaking back-heel to send the ball flying into Gerrard's path. The captain surged into the box and drilled a shot inside Tim Howard and the near post.

The American should have done far better, but he partly redeemed himself three minutes later with a miraculous save from another Gerrard drive as a revitalised Liverpool powered forward.

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Jose Reina
Tim Howard
Fernando Torres
Joleon Lescott
Tim Cahill
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Steven Pienaar
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