Everton draw 3-3 with Liverpool in classic derby

Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:56am EST
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By Mitch Phillips

LONDON (Reuters) - Everton and Liverpool served up a lunchtime classic at Goodison Park on Saturday as Daniel Sturridge got a late equalizer for the visitors in a 3-3 Premier League draw after the hosts twice came from behind to lead.

Everton thought they had done enough for their second league derby win in 14 attempts when Romelu Lukaku headed in his second goal of the game eight minutes from time after Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet had kept them at bay with some great saves.

But Sturridge, on as a late substitute as he fights to shake off a thigh injury, had the last word when he connected with a Steven Gerrard free kick in the 89th minute.

Second-placed Liverpool now have 24 points, one behind Arsenal, who host third-placed Southampton later on Saturday.

Everton, who came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 in the corresponding fixture last season, move to fifth on 21 points, above champions Manchester United who visit Cardiff City on Sunday.

Chelsea, fourth on 21, play in Saturday's late kick off at West Ham United.

Saturday's Goodison clash was one of the most eagerly-awaited derbies for many years, with both teams in good form and Liverpool knowing they could go top, possibly only for a few hours, with a victory.

It got off to a breathless start when Philippe Coutinho scrambled Liverpool ahead after five minutes, only for Kevin Mirallas to hammer in the equalizer two minutes later.   Continued...

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge (C) celebrates after scoring a goal against Everton during their English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park in Liverpool, northern England November 23, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Noble