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Here is how the players rated in today's Merseyside Derby

Published 04/10/2015 | 16:09

Everton's Romelu Lukaku in action
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It was honours even at Goodison Park today as Romelu Lukaku struck late in the first half to cancel out a Danny Ings opener in the Merseyside derby. Here is how the players rated.

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EVERTON

Tim Howard: Would have stopped Danny Ings scoring had he come off his line to collect James Milner's corner. 5/10

Tyias Browning: Showed no nerves on first derby start. Also went close with a header. 7

Ramiro Funes Mori: Put in a crucial challenge to stop a Liverpool counter in the first half. 7

Phil Jagielka: A steady performance from the England defender. 7

Brendon Galloway: Another nerveless display from the youngster on his first derby appearance. 7

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James McCarthy: Would have scored had it not been for a top save from Simon Mignolet. Blotted his copy book with a poor challenge on Milner, for which he was booked. 6

Gareth Barry: Efficient performance but nothing special. 6

Gerard Deulofeu: Lots of energy, but no end product. Hooked just before the hour. 5

Ross Barkley: Booked for clashing with Emre Can. Lost Ings in the box for Liverpool's goal. Looked bright when on the ball, though. 6

Steven Naismith: Denied a goal by more Mignolet brilliance. 6

Romelu Lukaku: Improved as the game went on. Sakho and Can struggled to deal with him and he took his goal well. 7

Substitutes

Aaron Lennon (on for Deulofeu, 57mins): A lot calmer and productive than the man he replaced: 6

Arouna Kone (on for Naismith, 79mins): Little time to make an impact. 5

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LIVERPOOL

Simon Mignolet: Two fine saves to deny Naismith and McCarthy. 8

Nathaniel Clyne: Looked good going forward. 7

Mamadou Sakho: Never looked comfortable on the ball or in the tackle. 5

Martin Skrtel: Missed an easy header early on. Had to work hard to keep tabs on Lukaku. 6

Emre Can: Booked for petty scrap with Barkley and panicked for the Everton equaliser. 5

Alberto Moreno: Never really got into the game. 6

Lucas Leiva: Lucky to escape a second yellow. 5

 

James Milner: A typically efficient performance from the captain. 7

Philippe Coutinho: A quiet game for the young Brazilian. 6

Danny Ings: Took his goal well and was a threat throughout. 7

Daniel Sturridge: Not his best performance from the England striker. 5

Substitutes:

Adam Lallana (on for Ings, 75mins): Failed to make an impact. 5

Joe Allen (on for Leiva, 79mins): Produced nothing spectacular upon his introduction. 5

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