- Venue:Goodison Park
- Referee:Wiley, A
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It appears David Moyes gamble on Jo has not paid off for him as the Brazilian is withdrawn and Louis Saha is on to a huge reception.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.
Everton spring a shock in attack as top scorer Louis Saha is relegated to the bench despite scoring in midweek with Brazilian Jo getting the nod.
Both sides are in poor form at the moment and have been struggling all season with injuries playing a major part but derby days are different.
Welcome to Goodison Park where the Merseyside Derby sees Everton take on their fiercest rivals Liverpool.
The first Merseyside derby of the season will be played on Sunday afternoon with both Everton and Liverpool hoping for a change in fortunes.
The Reds are a staggering 13 points behind leaders Chelsea after just 13 games of the campaign and manager Rafael Benitez has to be on borrowed time with the Anfield faithful yearning for a first Premier League crown.
Liverpool have won just one of their last six Premier League games - a 2-0 home success against bitter rivals Manchester United - and have failed to pick up three points against Fulham, Birmingham City and Manchester City, who held them to a 2-2 draw last weekend.
They could once again be without Fernando Torres as the Spaniard struggles to shake off his groin injury.
Albert Riera (hamstring) could also miss out but Daniel Agger, who suffered a head injury last weekend, could make a return to the back-line.
Toffees boss David Moyes has also not had it easy this season, with a huge injury list to deal with.
To make matters worse, his inspirational captain Phil Neville, who has been missing with a knee injury since the start of September, has had a massive setback this week.
He had been pencilled in for a return in the 212th Merseyside derby but he has had minor surgery to clear up an existing problem and definitely misses out.
Knee injuries are the Toffees' curse this term, with James Vaughan, Victor Anichebe, Steven Pienaar, Phil Jagielka and Mikel Arteta all suffering from similar problems while Leon Osman (ankle) could also miss out on Sunday.
With Benitez under pressure, Moyes is desperate for his side to improve on a dismal midweek showing which saw them lose 3-2 at Hull City after falling three goals behind within the opening half-hour.
He told the club's official website after that reverse: "The performance was shocking and we all take responsibility for it. I've seen a few poor performances since I've been here but that will be up there with the worst of them.
Javier Mascherano and Dirk Kuyt eased the pressure on under-fire manager Rafael Benitez as Liverpool edged past local rivals Everton 2-0 at Goodison Park.
However, this victory - their first since beating Manchester United over a month ago - was far from comprehensive.
But it moves Liverpool above Aston Villa into fifth place in the Premier League table, while Everton have won just once in 11 matches, leaving them just four points above the bottom three.
Benitez hasn't had much luck this season but there was certainly an element of fortune about Mascherano's 12th minute opener.
The early exchanges had been predictably frenetic with challenges flying in and neither goal threatened.
Mascherano unleashed a speculative shot from 30 yards which left Everton keeper Tim Howard flat-footed after taking a deflection of Joseph Yobo's outstretched leg.
The Argentina international will claim it but the defender's contribution was vital.
Within seconds, Everton spurned a chance to equalise as the atmosphere cranked up and an unmarked Diniyar Bilyaletdinov dragged his shot wide of the target with the goal at his mercy.
Liverpool's Pepe Reina was the busier of the keepers in the first half as Everton dominated both possession and territory.
He denied both Jo and Steven Pienaar but he could do nothing to stop Jo netting in 36th minute, although his effort was disallowed for offside.
Everton continued to dominate after the break with Reina stopping another fizzing Pienaar effort before making a telling double save.
First he sprawled to his left to deny Tim Cahill before then beating away Marouane Fellaini's fiercely struck follow-up.
In contrast, Liverpool looked nervous and lacklustre with Steven Gerrard enduring an uncharacteristically quiet Merseyside derby.
However, he played his part in Liverpool's decisive second goal 10 minutes from time
Yobo completed a miserable afternoon by shanking a defensive clearance and Gerrard pounced on the loose ball to set up substitute Albert Riera.
His powerful and angled shot was pushed clear by Howard but Kuyt was on hand to tuck away the rebound for his fifth of the season.
Shots off target