This blog post will be focused on the Merseyside derby itself, but the other matches will be published in a separate blog post :)
|The Merseyside derby rarely disappoints... it certainly did not on Saturday.|
The derby itself? One of the best Merseyside derbies to date, with both sides looking stronger than ever in their respective goals to qualify for European football for next season.
Roberto Martinez vs Brendan Rodgers - two of the best managers in the league, helping their sides to improve.
Everton started the game off quickly, with Barkley and Pienaar doing well to get past the Liverpool back line a few times in the first few minutes of the game.
However, it was Liverpool who broke the deadlock after just 4 minutes thanks to a toe-poke by Brazillian midfielder Philippe Coutinho after he did well to anticipate movement from a Gerrard corner and clinically finished after Suarez pass the ball to his feet in the box.
|Anticipation: Coutinho did well to tap past Howard to break the deadlock.|
|First: Coutinho celebrates his 1st goal in a Merseyside derby to give Liverpool a lead.|
FACT: This was Coutinho's first goal in a Merseyside derby.
FACT: This was the first goal that Everton had conceded in over 5 hours of play.
Everton felt hard done by after trailing, and upped the intensity. A few minutes later (in the 8th minute), Belgian forward Kevin Mirallas equalised for the hosts after a deep free-kick ball from full-back Leighton Baines fell to him inside the box to smash past Mignolet into the top corner from the far post.
|Back: Mirallas sends the Everton faithful into celebration after equalising in the 8th minute|
|World-class: Suarez gave Liverpool the lead again with a curling free-kick strike.|
|High reputation: Suarez celebrates yet another free-kick goal for Liverpool. Fantastic|
|Mirallas was lucky to still be on the pitch after this late challenge on Suarez in the first-half|
|Clinical: Lukaku equalised in the 70th minute to make it 2-2, slotting past Mignolet.|
|Power and strength: Lukaku scored an unstoppable header to give Everton the lead.|
|On-form: Lukaku celebrates his second of the day against Liverpool to make it 3-2.|
|Late equaliser: Sturridge celebrates his late header to make it 3-3 against Everton.|
|Tight at the top: Everton are 3 points behind their local rivals Liverpool after the 3-3 draw.|