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|Joseph Yobo (Lucas Neill, 86)|
|Tim Cahill (Ayegbeni Yakubu, 81)|
|Joao Alves Jo (Louis Saha, 66)|
|Jose Manuel Reina|
|Fabio Aurelio (Albert Riera, 78)|
|David N'Gog (Yossi Benayoun, 75)|
FULL TIME: EVERTON 0-2 LIVERPOOL. The full time whistle goes at the end of the derby and it is Liverpool who emerge victorious form a scrappy affair in which Everton were probably the better side.
Everton are throwing real caution to the wind now but the game seems to have got away from them now as we enter injury time.
Riera almost puts the icing on the cake for the men in red with a blast from the edge of the box that Howard does well to turn away.
Joseph Yobo is going off in Everton's final change to be replaced by Lucas Neill.
Johnny Heitinga has been asking for a booking all afternoon and he finally picks one up for his latest foul.
Everton look like they have had the stuffing kicked out of them by that second goal. Could this be a defining moment in Liverpool's season?
David Moyes had the change ready before that goal went in but it definitely looks too little too late as Yakubu replaces Tim Cahill.
EVERTON 0-2 LIVERPOOL. Poor defending from Yobo and it costs him dear as Riera's scuffed shot drops to KUYT who simply cannot miss. Game over? Probably!
The visitors are making another change now as Albert Riera replaces Fabio Aurelio.
Benayoun's first action is useful as he attacks the byline and cuts back towars Kuyt who completely misses his kick.
Yossi Benayoun is on after about 20 minutes of warming up on the touchline but it is for David Ngog - which is a surprise as the Frenchman has been decent today.
World class! Tim Cahill rises to produce a stunnind header that somehow Reina keeps out before Fellaini swivels thinking he only has to get the ball on target but Reina is there again. Absolutely brilliant goalkeeping.
Everton seem to be running out of ideas at the moment as Liverpool begin to find a foothold in the game again.
Horrible error from Baines as he gives it away to Kuyt who can feed Ngog but Yobo is across very smartly to deflect the shot wide.
It appears David Moyes gamble on Jo has not paid off for him as the Brazilian is withdrawn and Louis Saha is on to a huge reception.
Changes are in the offing for both sides it seems as Saha and Benayoun warm up.
More pressure from Everton now and Liverpool are dropping further and further towards the edge of their own box.
Stunning volley from Pienaar proves too hot for Reina to handle but the goalkeeper gets lucky as it drops harmlessly in front of him and back into his arms.
Jo is, to put it bluntly, apopleptic as Fellaini takes on a shot from an acute angle when the Brazilian was waiting unmarked near the penalty spot.
Everton are back on top now with Hibbert floating a decent ball into the box that Reina can only punch away from danger.
Clever play from Pienaar again as he jinks past two to play the ball through for Cahill but he gets the ball stuck under his feet and the move stops.
The first half began at a frenetic pace but the second period is much calmer and the crowd has actually fallen a little quiet for the first time.
No changes at the interval for either side so its as you were for formations and team makeup.
The second period is underway at Goodison Park and the fans in all corners of the ground are really up for this.
HALF TIME: EVERTON 0-1 LIVERPOOL. Everton will feel they have done enough to be at least on level terms on the break but Liverpool have defended resolutely so far.
Deja vu! Yobo heads downwards and Jo is there to bundle it into the net but, for the second time, he is flagged offside as the ball nestles into the net.
Pienaar was hobbling about the field for a few minutes earlier but he seems to be alright now as he runs dangerously at Insua.
From absolutely nowhere Liverpool force themselves forward on the break and Insua arrives with a powerful header that Howard does wonderfully to parry away from danger.
Steven Gerrard has been largely anonymous so far but for the time being he will not be bothered about that.
Tim Howard has had practically nothing to do so far today but his side are still behind but a goal does seem to be coming for the blue half of Merseyside.
Jo thinks he has equalised as he smashes home Diniyar Bilyaletdinov's cross but the assistant is flagging for offside and he has got it right by about an inch. What a big decision!
Everton are definitely on top at the moment and finally Pienaar has got himself into a shooting position and he tests Reina again but the Spanish stopper is well positioned for a comfortable save.
Chance for Jo as Hibbert's cross is flicked on by Fellaini and the Brazilian is there but he can't get enough of a touch to divert it goalwards.
Steven Pienaar has been very lively so far for the Toffees and, although Diniyar Bilyaletdinov has had the best chances, it is the South African who looks most likely to make something happen.
Another chance for Everton and again its Diniyar Bilyaletdinov but this time he does get it on target but Reina makes a superb save to deny the Russian.
Replays seem to be showing that Mascherano's shot was not going on target before it hit Yobo so looks like it will be going down as a Yobo own goal then.
Both defences have been leaking goals all season so it should come as no surprise that there have been chances at both ends so far - hopefully more to come too!
OH DEAR! Big moment at the other end now as Jo's header across goal falls onto the unfavoured right boot of Diniyar Bilyaletdinov and it shows as he somehow misses the target from five yards out.
Distin and Ngog get tied up in a battle with each other allowing Steven Gerrard to race onto the loose ball but his shot is weak and Howard saves.
Here comes the rain! Well it has been pouring down everywhere else in the country all weekend so it was only a matter of time.
Good response from Everton who come straight back down the pitch to maintain a bit of pressure but they are eventually thwarted by an offside flag.
EVERTON 0-1 LIVERPOOL. First blood Liverpool! Javier MASCHERANO hits a speculative shot from long range that takes a huge deflection off Joseph Yobo leaving Tim Howard absolutely helpless as it loops into the opposite corner.
The midfield area is very busy at the moment but the passing from both sides has been poor in the opening ten minutes.
The announcement of Jo's name, without Saha or Yakubu, was greeted with bemusement by the home fans so there is a lot of pressure on him to deliver today.
A lively opening at Goodison with Everton applying the early pressure but Reina is not tested by Pienaar's long range drive.
Alan Wiley is today's official and he gets this huge game underway.
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Insua, Mascherano, Lucas, Kuyt, Gerrard, Aurelio, Ngog. Subs: Cavalieri, Aquilani, Riera, Benayoun, Kyrgiakos, El Zhar, Skrtel.
Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Yobo, Distin, Baines, Pienaar, Heitinga, Fellaini, Bilyaletdinov, Cahill, Jo. Subs: Nash, Saha, Gosling, Yakubu, Neill, Coleman, Baxter.
How will Liverpool react to their midweek Champions League exit? And, will Everton bounce back from the horror show at Hull? These questions, and more, will be answered in the next couple of hours so hold onto your hats.
Liverpool, who have held the upper hand in recent matches between the two, are able to call upon their captain Steven Gerrard but star striker Fernando Torres is again missing.
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