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Daniel Sturridge saves Liverpool in derby thriller

sports Updated: Nov 24, 2013 00:16 IST
Daniel Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge came off the bench to earn Liverpool a 3-3 draw at Everton with an 89th-minute equaliser in a richly entertaining Merseyside derby on Saturday.

A brace from Romelu Lukaku had put Everton on the brink of a first win over their city rivals in seven matches, but Sturridge's header gave Liverpool a share of the spoils after a frenetic Premier League encounter at Goodison Park.

Liverpool took a fifth-minute lead when Philippe Coutinho neatly controlled the ball on his knee and volleyed home after Luis Suarez flicked on a Steven Gerrard corner.

The hosts equalised three minutes later, Kevin Mirallas converting a Ross Barkley knock-down, only for Suarez to restore Liverpool's lead in the 19th minute by whipping a 25-yard free-kick into the bottom-right corner.

Mirallas was fortunate to avoid a red card for a knee-high foul on Suarez before half-time, with referee Phil Dowd electing only to book him.

Joe Allen spurned a superb chance to extend the visitors' lead when he shot wide with the goal at his mercy and Liverpool were punished in the 72nd minute when Lukaku tucked away an equaliser.

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard produced a point-blank reflex stop to keep out a header from Suarez and with eight minutes to play Lukaku claimed his second goal with a bullet header from Mirallas's left-wing corner.

Everton would have moved up to third place with victory -- level on points with Liverpool -- but Sturridge had the final say when he smartly headed past Howard from a Gerrard free-kick.

The draw left Liverpool a point behind leaders Arsenal, who can extend their lead to four points later on Saturday if they win at home to third-place Southampton.

Chelsea, who began the weekend in fourth place, visit West Ham United in the late kick-off.

New Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis will watch from the stands as his new charges visit Hull City, having been appointed on a two-and-a-half-year contract earlier on Saturday.

Elsewhere, second-bottom Sunderland travel to Stoke City, third-bottom Fulham host Swansea City and Norwich City visit Newcastle United.