This was a must win game for both teams, arguably Liverpool needed it more, though. The way Everton set up, it seemed that a draw would suit them - it would keep them above the Reds and set them up nicely for the next few tough games.
Everton were the more organised of the two and grew into the match as time went on. Liverpool had the better of the opening, but their struggles in front of goal continued as they failed to hit the target during that period.
Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge had huge responsibility placed on their shoulders and they both found it difficult to have an impact in proceedings.
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Everton's back four performed well in the absence of young John Stones, with Phil Jagielka turning in a captain's display - particularly in the opening minutes; blocking several shots and crosses.
The holding midfielders, Gareth Barry and James McCarthy were solid too. It was that pair who kept Coutinho quiet and helped null the threat of Sturridge and Danny Ings.
The contest threatened to boil over at a couple of nothing moments - Can held onto the ball from a throw and tangled with Ross Barkley, both men were booked. Then, later, after minimal contact in the box, Mamadou Sakho and Romelu Lukaku were reaching for their handbags, with the Liverpool man massively over-reacting and again, both were booked.
Lucas was lucky to be on the pitch; after already picking up a yellow, he maliciously tripped an Everton player en route to goal. Luckily for him, the referee chose to keep all 22 players in play.
Everton will feel that the referee had favoured Liverpool from the start, and from a neutral perspective - you could see their point. But Everton hung on at the end and the points were shared.
Everton stay above Liverpool for a fortnight and Liverpool will be hoping a new man can mastermind their way into the top four, after sacking Brendan Rodgers last night.
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