PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: All the action from Anfield and the rest of this afternoon's big games

06 February 2010 07:25
Good afternoon and welcome to one what promises to be full of drama, starting at Anfield for the mouth-watering Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton.

Liverpool 1-0 Everton FTBolton 0-0 Fulham FTBurnley 2-1 West Ham FTHull 2-1 Manchester City FTManchester Utd 5-0 Portsmouth FTStoke 3-0 Blackburn FTSunderland 1-1 Wigan FTTottenham 0-0 Aston Villa Later this evening, we'll bring you all the action from White Hart Lane as high-flying Tottenham host fellow Champions League hopefuls Aston Villa in today's other glamour clash.

And at 3pm, stay with us as Manchester United hope to takeover at the top when the entertain struggling Portsmouth and all the goals from the remaining five all-important games.


FT 0-0 Tottenham 0-0 Aston Villa

Great result for Liverpool

19.21 Crouch's outrageous back heel beats everyone but goes just past the post. It's not Harry's day.

19.18 Spurs denied a penalty after Petrov clipped Defoe in the box. It looked a penalty and the replay shows it was a penalty.

19.16 Spurs 15 Villa 8 - attempts on goal

19.11 And they nearly get it as Crouch's shot takes a deflection off Collins past Friedel but goes just the wrong side of the post.

19.07 Spurs are pressing but they need a touch of quality or a huge slice of luck to break down the meanest defence in the league.

19.01 Carew has a snap shot saved by Gomes after holding off King.

18.57 Redknapp doesn't look too concerned but he must be thinking of making a change. Villa are beginning to get a foothold in the match.

18.53 Now Milner takes a painful blow. Huddlestone jumps in two-footed and catches Milner's foot as he makes a clearance. No malice but fortunate to escape a booking.

18.50 Huddlestone tries his luck from distance again with a snap half-volley which was pushed away by Friedel.

18.48 Villa are putting their bodies on the line. First Collins and then Dunne are clattered making important interceptions.

18.43 The game has suddenly opened up and first Carew picks the wrong option by trying an elaborate flick when he attempts to meet a Cuellar cross from the right and then Bentley picks the wrong option by attempting to shoot when he should have played in Defoe.

18.40 We expected more from Villa and a tangle between King and Agbonlahor gives Downing the chance to test Gomes with a free kick 25 yards out but his effort drifts harmlessly over the bar.

18.37 Spurs kick off the second half.

HT Tottenham 0-0 Aston Villa

Villa will be relieved to hear the half-time whistle. They have had to withstand a lot of pressure and Spurs have gone close on several occasions but they remain on level terms at the break.

18.14 Spurs go close again. Bentley's free kick was nodded across goal by Crouch and King's touch was parried by Friedel. Defoe stretches to meet the rebound but the ball goes just over the bar.

18.07 Villa are penned in. Dunne has been an absolute rock and he's on hand to block when Bale's shot comes through a sea of legs.

18.03 Another Spurned opportunity. Bentley's inswinging free kick from the left causes chaos and Dawson gets in front of the crowd but his header loops just over the bar.

17.57 A 30-yard scorcher from Huddlestone beaten away by Friedel and Modric's follow up was blocked by Cuellar.

17.53 Villa have had to be patient and create their first opportunity when Milner played in a straight ball to Agbonlahor, who turned Dawson on the penalty spot but his shot was blocked by the falling arm of the Spurs defender. Agbonlahor makes a half-hearted appeal for a penalty.

17.50 Great chance for Spurs. Modric linked up with Crouch on the edge of the box and Crouch was played in with Friedel to beat but Dunne showed an impressive turn of speed to help block the danger.

17.47 Spurs have built up a head of steam. Ledley King allowed to drift in and meet a Bentley corner but his header went straight at Friedel.

17.43 Bentley makes his first contribution. Young dived in and allowed the Spurs midfielder to cut inside and try his luck from just outside the right edge of the box. No problem for Friedel.

17.42 It's been a little scrappy so far. Most of Spurs' attacks have come down the left but Villa's solid defensive line has been happy to watch Spurs play the ball in front of them.

Eyes have it: David Bentley shields the ball away from Stiliyan Petrov (L) and Stewart Downing

17.37 Spurs have started a high tempo, pressing high up the pitch and they have the first chance. A long ball was headed down by Crouch and Modric attempted an elobrant volley from outside the area which failed to trouble Friedel.

17.35 O'Neill has won just one of 16 meetings with Redknapp, when he was manager of Leicester 13 years ago.

17.31 Villa kick off at the Lane.

17.15 Tottenham make three changes

Tottenham defender Ledley King passed a late fitness test on his knee and tookthe captaincy for the Barclays Premier League clash against Aston Villa at WhiteHart Lane.

King replaced Sebastien Bassong from the team that defeated Leeds in midweek,and he took over as skipper from his centre-back partner Michael Dawson.

Manager Harry Redknapp's other changes saw Wilson Palacios and Luka Modricreturning, with Niko Kranjcar and Jermaine Jenas on the bench and David Bentleykeeping his place.

Villa's line-up was unchanged from the side that defeated Fulham in theirprevious match but John Carew returned to the substitutes' bench.

16.58 TEAMS! Tottenham v Aston Villa

Tottenham: Gomes, Corluka, Dawson, King, Bale, Bentley, Huddlestone, Palacios, Modric, Defoe, Crouch. Subs: Alnwick, Kaboul, Jenas, Gudjohnsen, Bassong, Kranjcar, Kyle Walker.

Aston Villa: Friedel, Cuellar, Collins, Dunne, Luke Young, Ashley Young, Milner, Petrov, Downing, Heskey, Agbonlahor. Subs: Guzan, Sidwell, Carew, Delfouneso, Davies, Delph, Beye.

Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

16.52 Manchester United back on top of the table.

16.48 Bolton have the ball in the net but Davies' effort ruled out for a push. Harsh.

16.45 Wayne Bridge replaced by Martin Petrov. The other man of the moment has done ok on his return from injury.

16.40 GOAL! Hope for West Ham. Another new signing, Ilan, scores just four minutes after coming on as a sub.

16.37 Patrick Vieira marks his return to English football with a booking after a foul on Tom Cairney.

16.32 West Ham have the ball in the net but Cole's effort ruled out for offside.

16.30 GOAL! Stoke out of sight. Etherington strokes the ball into the net after a one-two with Lawrence.

16.28 GOAL! Another own goal for United.

Joy and pain: Sunderland's Kenwyne Jones celebrates his goal with Darren Bent

16.24 GOAL! Kenwyne Jones with a much-needed equaliser just a minute after Wigan should have gone 2-0 up.

16.23 GOAL! Berbatov for United.

16.22 RED CARD! Blackburn down to 10 men after Samba receives a second booking for a pulling back Fuller.

16.20 GOAL! Game on at Hull. Adebayor pulls a goal back for City.

16.18 GOAL! Another deflected goal for United. This time Carrick's strike goes in off Hughes and James has no chance.

16.16 GOAL! Another massive goal, this time for Burnley. Fox with a cracking free kick on his debut.

Dan the man: Burnley's Daniel Fox celebrates scoring his side's second goal with his manager Brian Laws (right)

16.12 GOAL! Boateng with an absolute stunner from 25 yards to double Hull's advantage. Given had no chance.

16.08 Own goals are the second highest scorer for United this season with eight - one more than Owen, Berbatov and Valencia.

16.07 Mido on to earn his £1,000 a week and he replaces McCarthy for West Ham.

16.05 HT: Manchester United 2 Portsmouth 0

Wayne Rooney provided the spark Manchester United needed againstPortsmouth at Old Trafford. The England striker made the breakthrough in the 40th minute with his 23rd goal of the season. United added a second on the stroke of half-time with Nani's effort deflected first off Anthony Vanden Borre and then goalkeeper David James.

16.02 HT: Burnley 1 West Ham 0

David Nugent lobbed Burnley into a half-time lead over West Ham at TurfMoor but the Clarets had Leon Cort to thank for maintaining their advantage. Nugent got on the end of a long ball from debutant Danny Fox in the 14th minute to deliver a perfectly weighted lob over the advancing Robert Green. But the Hammers pushed as the half progressed and new boy Benni McCarthy almost equalised on 32 minutes when he was put clear by Scott Parker but saw his shot booted off the line by Cort.

16.00 HT: Stoke 2 Blackburn 0

Stoke took a healthy advantage into the break against Blackburn thanks to strikes from Danny Higginbotham and Mamady Sidibe. Full-back Higginbotham produced the finish of a striker in the ninth minute as he sent a first-time volley past Paul Robinson. Sidibe then made it 2-0 in first-half stoppage time after prodding home MatthewEtherington's cross.

15.58 HT: Hull 1 Manchester City 0

Jozy Altidore scored his first Premier League goal to give Hull a deserved half-time lead against top-four hopefuls Manchester City at the KC Stadium. The hosts were the better side from the off and went close through Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink and George Boateng before the lively Altidore curled an excellent shot round Shay Given with 31 minutes gone. City had Wayne Bridge in the starting line-up after two months out with a knee injury and amid the fall-out from John Terry's alleged affair with his former partner, it was the defender who had their best chance in the final moments ofthe half but his shot was well saved by Boaz Myhill.

15.56 HT: Bolton 0 Fulham 0

Mark Davies went the closest to breaking through as Bolton and Fulham played out an insipid first half at the Reebok Stadium this afternoon. The Bolton midfielder saw a first-time shot deflected by Mark Schwarzer onto the woodwork after 43 minutes of a dull Barclays Premier League encounter. Struggling Bolton had generally enjoyed the better of the action with Sam Ricketts also heading at Schwarzer.

15.55 HT: Sunderland 0 Wigan 1

Mohamed Diame's piledriver increased Sunderland boss Steve Bruce's woesas former club Wigan returned to haunt him. The midfielder blasted an unstoppable 20th-minute shot past keeper Craig Gordon to give the visitors a deserved lead with the Black Cats little short of woeful. Striker Kenwyne Jones saw full-back Maynor Figueroa deflect his 30th-minute shot against the outside of the post, but openings were few and far between for the Wearsiders.

15.50 GOAL! Sidibe at the far post to convert Etherington's cross.

15.47 GOAL! United two-up and cruising. Nani's cross takes a deflection off Borre past James.

15.43 Benni McCarthy pulls up and West Ham boss Zola looks concerned but his new signing attempts to play on.

15.42 GOAL! Wayne Rooney, who else, puts United ahead against Pompey with a close-range header. His 23rd goal of the season.

Heads up: Manchester United's Wayne Rooney scores to make it 1-0

15.37 Berbatov misses a sitter for United.

15.35 Pompey denied a goal at Old Trafford. Evan clears Belhadj's effort off the line.

15.32 Kenwyne Jones' sees his deflected shot rebound off the post. Sunderland desperately need something to help them out.

15.31 GOAL! Hull take a deserved lead against City. Jozy Altidore slots the ball home after good work from Jan Venegoor of Hesselink.

15.30 Hull are bossing things against the City millionaires. Fulham are looking comfortable at Bolton although it remains goalless.

15.27 Bruce is feeling the heat the Stadium of Fright. The players are struggling and the crowd are getting restless.

15.25 Collison twice has good chances to equalise for West Ham but twice he makes a mess of it.

15.20: GOAL! What a strike from Mohamed Diame on 20 minutes to put Wigan in front at the Stadium of Light. A deserved lead too, by all accounts.

15.18: Wigan full-back Maynor Figueroa, who scored that delightful long ranger at the Britannia earlier this season, almost scores an even better goal but his volley fizzles over the bar at Sunderland.

15.17: Jonny Evans comes close for United with a header but Portsmouth almost capitalise on a counter attack but Boateng can only win a corner. The hosts clear. All square still at the Theatre of Dreams.

15.15: GOAL! Dave Nugent breaks the deadlock at Turf Moor on 14 minutes after awful West Ham defending sees Burnley take the early lead.

15.14: Berbatov and Rooney are running Portsmouth to the ground and at this rate it's only a matter of time before the champions take the lead at Old Trafford. 

15.10: GOAL! Danny Higginbotham heads his first goal since October 2008 to put Stoke ahead against Blackburn after ten minutes.

15.05: Sam Allardyce's Blackburn starting well at the Britannia but no goals yet against Stoke. A place and two points separates 11th place Rovers from the hosts.

15.01: Up and running in the Premier League and Hull have already made a bright start at the KC Stadium with American striker Jozy Altidore going close.



Man Utd: Van der Sar, Neville, Brown, Jonathan Evans, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Fletcher, Nani, Berbatov, Rooney.Subs: Kuszczak, Owen, Park, Fabio Da Silva, Gibson, De Laet, Diouf.

Portsmouth: James, Vanden Borre, Rocha, Wilson, Ben-Haim, Webber, Hughes, Mullins, O'Hara, Belhadj, Piquionne.Subs: Ashdown, Owusu-Abeyie, Finnan, Boateng, Dindane, Yebda, Basinas.

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)


Hull: Myhill, McShane, Gardner, Mouyokolo, Dawson, Fagan, Boateng, Cairney, Hunt, Altidore, Vennegoor of Hesselink.Subs: Duke, Barmby, Garcia, Kilbane, Zayatte, Zaki, Olofinjana.

Manchester City: Given, Zabaleta, Toure, Boyata, Bridge, Ireland, De Jong, Barry, Bellamy, Tevez, Adebayor.Subs: Taylor, Onuoha, Wright-Phillips, Adam Johnson, Sylvinho, Petrov, Vieira.

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)


Stoke: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Higginbotham, Lawrence, Delap, Whitehead, Etherington, Fuller, Sidibe.Subs: Begovic, Whelan, Beattie, Pugh, Diao, Sanli, Collins.

Blackburn: Robinson, Chimbonda, Nelsen, Samba, Givet, Di Santo, Emerton, Nzonzi, Pedersen, Olsson, Kalinic.Subs: Brown, Roberts, Reid, Andrews, Diouf, Hoilett, Salgado.

Referee: Steve Bennett (Kent)


Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Andrew O'Brien, Knight, Ricketts, Lee, Mark Davies, Muamba, Cohen, Taylor, Kevin Davies.Subs: Al Habsi, Samuel, Robinson, Elmander, Gardner, Wilshere, Weiss.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Baird, Hughes, Hangeland, Shorey, Duff, Dikgacoi, Murphy, Greening, Elm, Nevland.Subs: Zuberbuhler, Kelly, Okaka, Riise, Etuhu, Stoor, Smalling.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)


Sunderland: Gordon, Hutton, Turner, Kilgallon, McCartney, Henderson, Cattermole, Cana, Reid, Bent, Jones.Subs: Fulop, Bardsley, Zenden, Malbranque, Campbell, Da Silva, Mwaruwari.

Wigan: Kirkland, Boyce, Caldwell, Bramble, Figueroa, McCarthy, Scharner, Thomas, Diame, N'Zogbia, Rodallega.Subs: Stojkovic, Scotland, Moses, Gomez, Sinclair, Moreno, Melchiot.

Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)


Burnley: Jensen, Mears, Cort, Carlisle, Fox, Elliott, Bikey, McDonald, Blake, Nugent, Fletcher.Subs: Weaver, Duff, Paterson, Edgar, Thompson, Eagles, Cork.

West Ham: Green, Faubert, Tomkins, Upson, Spector, Parker, Behrami, Collison, Noble, Cole, McCarthy.Subs: Stech, Ilan, Mido, Kovac, Da Costa, Ilunga, Stanislas.

Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

14.50: Hardly a classic Merseyside derby, which will be dissected for all the wrong reasons, but we move on to today's 3pm kick-offs with plenty of moth-watering games to whet our appetite. Manchester United can go top while Manchester City can replace Liverpool in fourth - if they turn on the style at Hull. West Ham travel to Burnley looking for their first win under their new owners in arguably a relegation six-pointer. Under pressure Sunderland boss Steve Bruce faces his old side Wigan at the Stadium of Light, Blackburn travel to Stoke and Bolton await Fulham. We'll bring you all the action.

Stevie Glee: Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard punches the air after his side celebrate a precious Merseyside derby win

14.45: FULL TIME All over at Anfiled. An ugly Merseyside derby with two red cards and six bookings. But Liverpool won't care. They are back in fourth place thanks to Dirk Kuyt's header. Two points above Spurs, who host Villa at 17.30, Rafa Benitez' men are seemingly back and determined to silence their critics after another Anfield win.

14.44: Dirk Kuyt is hauled off to a standing ovation. His goal looks to be enough.

14.43: RED CARD Not even a second booking for Pienaar, straight red is his punishment for a disgraceful elbow on Gerrard. Certainly afters for their earlier exchange but totally unsporting and out of order. Moyes fumes.

14.41: Fabio Aureilo replaces Maxi as Benitez looks to shore up his under siege defence. Everton pile on the pressure but they may have wasted their best chance moments earlier by Anichebe.

14.39: Anichebe spins Agger but the youngster is foiled by Reina after delaying his shot. A first time effort and Everton would have surely been celebrating an equaliser.

14.36: Reina has a rush of blood to head with his attempt to punch a corner clear but a foul on Agger earns him a reprieve. Five minutes of added time.

14.34: Kuyt's 50th goal for Liverpool continues to separate the sides with less than three minutes on the clock. The hosts have been impressive in this half but Everton, despite lacking quality, won't give up as Reina tips Yakubu's drive over the bar.

14.31: And the mass melee indeed ensues and Gerrard is booked but how he stays on the pitch after a reckless lunge on Pienaar, before the ref, is anyones guess. Everton players rightly angry particularly as they fail to make their advantage count. Anichebe, however, is cautioned, for his part in the spat of handbags.

Pressure points: Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez and Everton boss David Moyes get involved on the touchline

14.30: Good attack from Everton and they win a corner. Liverpool not out of danger yet with the visitors pressing them deep inside the final third.

14.26: Everton have had all the ball in the last ten minutes. Pity for frustrated Moyes that his side have absolutely no idea what to do with it. But credit must go to Liverpool, who at present are doing exactly all they need to do by containing the visitors. 1-0 with ten minutes to play, they mus not get complacent.

14.22: Arteta back on after treatment and Everton have little under 15 minutes to produce something but cannot muster a way past an organised Liverpool side. Everyman seems to be behind the ball. That's how important three points are to Mr Benitez today.

14.19: Yakubu comes on to head a double change from the Everton bench with Victor Anichebe on for Louis Saha and Leon Osman. Arteta is left with a bloody nose after an aerial confrontation with Kuyt moments after. He should be fine.

14.14: David Moyes appears to be making changes of his own with the returning Yakubu primed to come off the bench. For all their craft and combat in the first half the visitors have been disappointing so far. And they have a one-man advantage. Who said it was easy to play  against 10 men?

14.10: Babel replaces Ngong who puts in a decent shift as the single striker. Foreard thinking from Benitez after a series of crosses fail to find an end product.

14.08: Brighter news for Everton fans is Fellaini has not suffered a broken leg as initially feared when he hobbled off in the first half. Ryan Babel warms up, meanwhile.

14.06: Donovan conjures a magical mazy run inside the box and he might have fallen for a penalty. But the American does well to stay on his feet and win a corner. Liverpool clear. Everton determined to get back on level terms.

14.04: Double figures for the season for Kuyt to silence the away section and the red half of Merseyside are rejoicing in song as ten man Liverpool respond magnificently. But I feel things are only just shaping up. can Everton equalise?

Head boy: Dirk Kuyt heads Liverpool into the lead with his fourth in four games

14.02: GOAL! From Liverpool's seventh corner Dirk Kuyt delivers the dramatic twist in this game to nod his fourth goal in as many games from a brilliant Gerrard corner. 1-0.

14.00: Nice long forward into the path of Ngong and after a battle with Distin the striker wins a corner from his compatriot but, again, Everton defend well.

13.57: Landon Donovan tries his luck from distance but it drifts well wide. Poor effort.

13.52: And we're back. No changes at the break and Liverpool start well as Kuyt wins a corner from Distin. Everton break and eventually Cahill superbly carves out a half chance teeing up a shot on the edge with his knee only for Reina to handle with ease.

13.36: HALF TIME Martin Atkinson signals the end of a momentous opening half in this lively bout between the Premier League's most bitter rivals. Liverpool are left with a bloody nose after Kyrgiakos saw red to reduce them to ten men but visitors Everton are bruised after Fellaini hobbles off and Cahill squanders a guilt-edged opportunity seconds before the interval. The Toffees will fancy their chances to win this 213th Merseyside derby while the Reds must come out fighting if Rafa Benitez' men are to extend their promising home form of late with their fourth place hopes still at stake.

Pain game: Fellaini lays in agony after Kyrgiakos' horror tackle before the break

13.34: Tim Cahill can't believe it as the unmarked Australian heads over from eight yards out. The Toffees won't get a better chance than that as Mascherano heads into the path of the midfielder. 22 goals with his head since 2004 in the league, he should have been celebrating a crucial 23rd.

13.32: Four minutes of added time to bring this fiesty first 45 to a close. Apparently both teams are taking reservations on the treatment tables. I know I need a lie down!

13.31: So close from Gerrard as his looping free-kick beats Howard but cannons off of the the top of the crossbar.

13.30: Clever play from Gerrard to win a free-kick from favourable distance. The captain suckers Cahill to bringing him down and he'll fancy his chances from here.

13.27: Arteta is now on for the injured Fellaini who can barely manage a limp but Kyrgiakos has done himself damage with the defender receiving stitches for his sin.

13.24: Horror tackles aside, there has been some neat passages of play more so from the visitors. Louis Saha strays just offside, however, from Phil Neville's searching pass forward which could have proved interesting. 0-0 it remains as this non-stop action half edges towards a close.

13.23: Liverpool reduced to ten men and Mikel Arteta gets stripped on the touchline ready to replace Fellaini who appears to have played his last part in this explosive derby.

13.18: RED CARD Martin Atkinson may not have dished out a red card in his last 22 Premier League games but he really has no option here not to send Kyrgiakos off. The Greek defender jumps in two footed on Marouane Fellaini and the paramedics have stretchered the midfielder off the field. This has been simmering from the get-go.

Red midst: Referee Martin Atkinson shows a red card to Sotiros Kyrgiakos after his poor two footed tackle on Fellaini

13.15: Pienaar can count himself extremely lucky to stay on the pitch after what was a shocking foul on Mascherano. The Argentine winces in agony like he has been pummeled by a wild bear but to be fair it was a potential leg breaker. And right in front of the referee. Carragher follows in the book moments later with a needless tackle from behind on the South African.

13.14: Four corner apiece now as but Gerrard's cross is once again well matched by Fellain's head to .

13.11: Not long now before this erupts into a 22-man brawl as this intense affair begins to get nasty. Moments after Baines leaves Ngong on the canvass, Kuyt takes two harsh blows; the first from Pienaar floors him but the second from Fellaini was particularly unsavoury as the Belgian boots the ball into the Dutchman's face.

13.08: Reina is exposed for his weakness coming for crosses as he attempts to punch clear but totally misses it. Fortunately for him the ball is cleared to safety.

13.06: A loose ball from Kyrgiakos gifts Landon Donovan possession and the American's excellent surge towards goal in cynically stopped by Kuyt, 25 yards from goal. The Dutchman is booked and Reina is forced to divert Baines' free-kick over the bar for a corner.

13.03: Shouts of handball from the Kop as Kuyt's woeful body crashes off of Osman. Atkinson rightly ignores.

13.02: Good pressure on the halfway line from Louis Saha to steal possession but Liverpool defend and counter quickly but striker David Ngog can't get the ball out of his feet in time to muster a decent attack.

13.01: Lucas thunders a shot from the edge of the box out for quick successive Liverpool corner but it fails to trouble the Everton backline.

12.59: Unlucky from Agger as the Danish defender hangs over a looping Gerrard cross and skies it over the crossbar.

12.58: Both sides are really up for this today. Full-bloodied challenges for every ball, three points are everything in this fixture. A third Everton corner cleared again.

Stuck in: Javier Mascherano and Steven Pienaar battle for the ball at Anfiled

12.55: Javier Mascherano gets a ticking off from Martin Atkinson after flooring Fellaini with a wild lunge. Could have quite easily been a booking but the referee does well to keep his cards in his pocket.

12.53: I wouldn't be surprised to see the pitch marked off with three ropes on all four sides in the next few minutes as Tim Cahill goes head-to-head with Lucas. Seconds out.

12.49: End to end drama within the opening three minutes as Phil Neville clatters into Steven Gerrard on the left-side of the edge of Everton's area. Howard manages to punch the England vice-captain's dangerous inswinging delivery clear though.

12.48: Just a minute in and Everton have won two corners, Leon Osman going close from the first. The second, again whipped over by Landon Donovan, troubles Pepe Reina in the air but Atkinson spares the Spaniard a humiliating start awarding a fortuitous free-kick to the keeper.

12.45: We're underway and boy does Steven Pienaar know it! Barely ten seconds in and Jamie Carragher crashes into the Everton midfielder. Game on!

12.44: Almost ready to go on Merseyside with Martin Atkinson the man charged in the middle to handle this pressure cooker in what is Everton boss David Moyes's 600th game as a manager. Separated by nine points in the table, fifth place Liverpool are unbeaten in their last four at Anfield while Everton are also enjoying a purple patch of their own, ninth with no defeats in nine.

12.43: The two captains Steven Gerrard and Phil Neville lead their sides out for what always proves to be one of the biggest games of the season to a typically hostile Anfield atmosphere. No other fixture in the Premier League's history has seen more red cards (17 in total) so expect fireworks, folks.

12.40: Team news from Anfield.

Liverpool: Reina, Carragher, Kyrgiakos, Agger, Insua, Mascherano, Lucas, Kuyt, Gerrard, Maxi, Ngog. Subs: Cavalieri, Aquilani, Riera, Aurelio, Babel, Degen, Skrtel.

Everton: Howard, Neville, Distin, Heitinga, Baines, Fellaini, Donovan, Osman, Cahill, Pienaar, Saha. Subs: Nash, Bilyaletdinov, Arteta, Yakubu, Senderos, Anichebe, Coleman.

Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

Last time out: Javier Mascherano celebrated opening goal at Goodison in Liverpool's 2-0 win over Everton when the sides met earlier this season

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