Premier League - Full time report: Liverpool 2-2 vs. Everton – Part 2
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Everton were without the services of striker Louis Saha, who is suffering from a knee injury, and Tim Cahill, who currently serving his national side Australia in the Asian Cup. The manager was therefore forced to employ the likes
of Victor Anichebe and Beckford up front. Beckford again showed his indecisiveness in front of the goal when a beautiful cross from Marouane Fellaini was not met by any contact. Had Cahill been present, this opportunity wouldn’t have gone to waste.
The first goal of the game came at 26 minutes, when a cross from the left-hand side reached Kuyt. The Dutch player managed two brilliant shots on target and it took two brilliant saves from Howard to keep him out. However, on the
second save, the ball found Meireles on the edge of the box and the player unleashed a spectacular shot into the top of the net. The whole arena exploded with joy as Dalglish was seen celebrating with his arms raised high on the sidelines. Torres kept on going
and called Howard into action, who managed a brilliant save. The rebound was well collected by Argentinean Maxi Rodriguez, but the player couldn’t control his shot.
The ill-looking centre-back Daniel Agger was taken off at half time, with Greek international Sotirios Kyrgiakos taking his place. With just a minute on the clock after the restart, Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta found Distin
with a beautiful delivery. Distin managed to rise over Martin Skrtel and thumped a solid header towards the goal. Despite Glenn Johnson being on the line, the English International couldn’t keep it out. This was followed by another one the 52nd minute.
It was an exquisite setup from Leon Osman for Beckford inside the box as the player was left one on one with Reina. Beckford kept his calm and managed a low finish to his left.
Liverpool were now hungry for the equalizer as Torres combined well with Kuyt, only for the Spaniard to fire his shot wide. The equalizer came in the 67th
minute, when goalkeeper Howard brought Rodriguez down inside the box. The referee had no questions about that and pointed towards the penalty spot. Kuyt stepped up to take the kick and managed a powerful finish to his left. Howard went the wrong way and
the scores were level.
The draw means that Everton and Liverpool are level in terms of points but Everton are above them owing to superior goal difference. There were many positives to take from this draw for Liverpool as the side showed glimpses of
its threatening self and it would only be a matter of time now before Liverpool gains their top-four position back.