• Date: Sat 06 February 2010
  • Venue: Anfield
  • Ref: Atkinson, M
  • Attendance: 44,316

Liverpool vs Everton

Team Lineups


Jose Manuel Reina
Daniel Agger
Sotirios Kyrgiakos
Emiliano Insua
Jamie Carragher
Steven Gerrard
Maximiliano Maxi Rodriguez (Fabio Aurelio, 90)
Javier Mascherano
Leiva Lucas
Dirk Kuyt (Martin Skrtel, 90)
David N'Gog (Ryan Babel, 64)


Tim Howard
Leighton Baines
Johnny Heitinga
Sylvain Distin
Tim Cahill
Phil Neville
Steven Pienaar
Leon Osman (Ayegbeni Yakubu, 72)
Marouane Fellaini (Mikel Arteta, 41)
Louis Saha (Victor Anichebe, 72)
Landon Donovan

Match Report
Dirk Kuyt's 50th goal for Liverpool settled a feisty Merseyside derby as the ten-man Reds overcame the first-half dismissal of Sotirios Kyrgiakos to record a vital 1-0 win against Everton. The Greece international was sent off 11 minutes before the break after a clash with Marouane Fellaini which resulted in the Belgian being carried off. But Liverpool refused to buckle and Kuyt struck the decisive blow in the 55th minute when he headed in a Steven Gerrard corner and Everton's misery was complete in stoppage time when Steven Pienaar was sent off for a second yellow card. Jamie Carragher set the tone in the opening two minutes when he was lucky to escape with just a stern word from referee Martin Atkinson after a late tackle on Pienaar. Reds centre-back Daniel Agger smashed the first chance over the bar in the 15th minute before Pienaar was first into the book for clattering into Javier Mascherano. Carragher was then booked for a bad challenge on South Africa international Pienaar before the match finally boiled over ten minutes before the break. Fellaini and Kyrgiakos flew into a challenge with the Greece international seeing red and Fellaini being carried off after lengthy treatment. A minute before the break Gerrard smashed a 25-yard free-kick onto the bar before Tim Cahill wasted the chance of the half at the other end. Landon Donovan's cross was met by Mascherano but his clearance only found Cahill. The Australia international, usually so reliable with his head, nodded over from six yards. And he was made to pay for that miss soon after the restart. Gerrard's corner found Kuyt in the six-yard box and he had the simple task of heading beyond Tim Howard. But despite having the extra-man advantage Everton struggled to create any clear-cut chances in the second period. The best of those came two minutes from time when Yakubu turned on the edge of the box and arrowed a shot towards the top corner but Pepe Reina brilliantly tipped the ball over the bar. Pienaar was then sent for an early bath deep into stoppage time after jumping into Gerrard to pick up his second yellow card as the Reds held out.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

Full-Time: LIVERPOOL 1-0 EVERTON. The referee blows the whistle at Anfield and Liverpool collect all three points


Martin Skrtel comes on for Kuyt

Red Card

Pienaar picks up his second yellow card for a foul on Gerrard and is sent off


Rodriguez leaves the field to be replaced by Fabio Aurelio


Anichebe runs into the box and turns easily past Agger. He should have taken the shot but makes a mess of his effort after taking a touch


Reina looks OK to continue


Reina clashes accidentally with a group of players in the box after a great cross from Everton and the goalkeeper takes quite some time to pick himself up


Yakubu's shot out of nowhere forces Reina into a smart save


The game looks to have settled down after another crazy few minutes as Everton try to build an attack from the back

Yellow Card

Anichebe is booked for his part in that brawl

Yellow Card

Gerrard is booked for his challenge


A bit of a brawl kicks off after Gerrard clashes with Pienaar


Baines collects the ball on the left and Everton bomb forward in numbers. Gerrard sprints over to make a great challenge and Everton make do with a corner, which is eventually cleared


Phil Neville and Rodriguez clash near the halfway line and, although it looks quite nasty to begin with, both players seem OK


Everton are seeing plenty of the ball in midfield but can't find that incisive final pass that could make a difference here


Liverpool are playing well on the break and this time Babel looks to be through in a dangerous position but he's flagged offside


Arteta comes back on the pitch after receiving treatment for a blow to the face. Everton fans will be relieved to see he's OK


Saha comes off for Victor Anichebe


Ayegbeni Yakubu comes on for Osman


Donovan wins a free kick on the edge of the box for Everton. Arteta takes it but it's a poor attempt and Liverpool can break forward. Insua aims a cross towards Babel but Howard rises high to claim the ball


Babel is seeing quite a lot of the ball since coming on but his final touch hasn't been great


Mascherano's teasing cross from the right fails to pick out a player in the box for Liverpool


Everton are finding it very difficult to break down Liverpool, who are defending very well across the pitch


Ryan Babel comes on for Ngog


Gerrard's cross just goes over the head of Ngog in the box


Liverpool look like they might be about to make a change but Rafael Benitez will be happy with the way his team is playing


Excellent run from Donovan down the right, as he skips past Insua with ease and sends in a great cross to win a corner


Gerrard's free kick is collected easily by Howard, who will be unhappy with conceding that goal from Kuyt

Yellow Card

Heitinga is booked for a foul on Rodriguez


LIVERPOOL 1-0 EVERTON. Liverpool take the lead through a KUYT header from a corner.


Ngog and Distin battle away in the box trying to win the ball. Ngog gets his shot away but it deflects off Distin for a corner. Good work there from both players


Ngog wins a free kick after going down easily under the slightest of challenges from Arteta. Gerrard's attempt is fired straight at the arms of Howard


Nice build-up play from Everton around the box. Pienaar eventually gets a cross in but it's blocked by Mascherano


Everton break forward but Cahill's shot goes straight into the arms of Reina


Kuyt wins a header and then manages to win an early corner for Liverpool. Gerrard sends the ball in from the right but Everton clear

Second half

The second half is underway at Anfield

Half time



Saha picks out Donovan on the edge of the box. The ball eventually falls to Cahill and he sends an effort just over the bar from close range with a diving header. Great chance for Everton


Cahill fouls Gerrard just outside the box in a central position. Gerrard takes the free kick and the ball whacks the top of the bar


Ngog does well to keep the ball in play on the right for Liverpool but Everton win it back without too much trouble. There's no rhythm to this game after so many fouls and bookings


Mikel Arteta comes on for Fellaini, who is carried off down the tunnel to receive more treatment after that nasty tackle


Everton are still playing with 10 men as Fellaini receives treatment


Saha looks to be through on goal once again but Liverpool hold a good line and he's flagged offside


There has been very little football played in this game; it's just a physical battle right now


Fellaini is still down after that challenge and is now being carried off on a stretcher

Red Card

Sotirios Kyrgiakos makes a horrendous two footed challenge on Fellaini and the referee has no choice but to send him off


Louis Saha is nearly through on goal but Reina is alert to rush off his line and clear the ball


Ngog has the first good chance of the game as Gerrard picks him out with a good pass after sloppy play from Everton. Osman applies pressure at the last moment though and Ngog skews his shot wide

Yellow Card

Jamie Carragher is booked for a tackle from behind on Pienaar. Maybe an element of revenge about that one

Yellow Card

Steven Pienaar is booked for a shocking challenge on Mascherano. That could have broken Mascherano's leg and should have been a sending off


Gerrard's shot is deflected for a corner. Gerrard's corner from the right comes out to Mascherano but he's challenged well by Leon Osman


Challenges are now flying in from all over the place and the referee needs to get a handle on this before it turns nasty


Kuyt claims he's being held back in the box by Baines but again the referee fails to take action


Kuyt goes down under a challenge from Fellaini. Kuyt claims he was kicked in the face by the big Everton man but the referee takes no action


Leighton Baines takes a free kick from just outside the box and Reina is able to tip the ball over the bar quite comfortably

Yellow Card

Kuyt brings down Donovan with a cynical challenge just outside the box after the Everton man went on a lovely run towards the area. Kuyt is booked for the challenge


Liverpool are happy to play possession football at the moment, with occasional breaks forward through Kuyt especially


Kuyt finds himself in plenty of space in the box but gets his shot badly wrong and Everton can clear the ball


Dirk Kuyt picks out Ngog with a neat low pass but Distin and Johnny Heitinga combine well to win the ball back


Liverpool pressure is mounting now as Gerrard takes another corner for the home side. The ball comes out to Emiliano Insua, who fails to mount another attack with some Liverpool players in promising positions


Daniel Agger takes a shot from inside the box after being left in plenty of space but the ball clears the bar


David Ngog nearly gets past Sylvain Distin in the box but the ball just doesn't fall quite right for him


Fellaini is caught late by a nasty tackle from Mascherano. The referee has a quick word with the Liverpool man


Tim Cahill takes an instinctive shot from outside the box but fails to get any direction or power on his attempt


Liverpool are starting to see more of the ball now but Everton are showing they're up for a physical battle today


Marouane Fellaini fouls Maximiliano Maxi Rodriguez and Javier Mascherano takes the resulting free kick


Steven Gerrard fizzes in a free kick from the left and Tim Howard is forced to act quickly and punch the ball away


Good early pressure from Everton, as Landon Donovan takes two quick corners in succession. Jose Manuel Reina struggles to cope with the second corner and Louis Saha tries to win the ball but the referee calls a foul


The game is underway at Anfield

Awaiting Kickoff

Everton have been in confident mood ahead of this one but they have an awful record at Anfield and Liverpool will want to secure all three points today