VICTOR ANICHEBE continued his comeback from injury with an equaliser as Everton Reserves shared the mini-derby spoils with Liverpool at the Stobart Stadium last night.
Barclays Premier Reserve League leaders Liverpool had taken the lead with a superb solo effort from Spaniard Dani Pacheco.
But the Blues secured a point thanks to Anichebe's quick reply.
In a typically-competitive contest there were not that many clear-cut chances for either side to secure all three points.
But the draw means that Liverpool maintained their three-point advantage over their neighbours at the top of the table.
Both sides fielded young but strong line-ups.
Liverpool had Danny Wilson, fresh from his goalscoring international debut with Scotland, in the line-up along with Pacheco and Nathan Eccleston, who have all played in Roy Hodgson's line-up.
While the Blues could call pn Anichebe, Shane Duffy and Jose Baxter among those with first-team experience.
Baxter and Kieren Agard both tested Martin Hansen in the Reds goal before Liverpool took the lead on 21 minutes. Spanish striker Pacheco capped a fine display by dancing into the Everton area onto Gerardo Bruna's quick free-kick before delicately lofting over Blues keeper Iain Turner to score from a tight angle.