London: There have been more than 220 Merseyside Derbies since Everton and Liverpool first met in 1894, including two FA Cup finals, but Saturday’s 3-3 Premier League draw is already been talked about as one of the best of the lot.
In a breathless 90 minutes at Goodison Park Liverpool led twice but found themselves trailing 3-2 with a minute to go, only for Daniel Sturridge to come off the bench and head an equaliser.
Both goalkeepers were excellent, particularly Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet, Joe Allen missed a sitter for the visitors, Everton’s Kevin Mirallas netted and was then lucky to escape a red card for a wild lunge on Luis Suarez, who also scored, and there were 30 shots in the game, 17 on target.
Even in the four minutes of stoppage time there were more chances than in many a goalless draw and when the final whistle went nobody seemed quite sure whether to be delighted or disappointed.
Romelu Lukaku grabbed two Everton goals, including a classic header in the 82nd minute that lifted the home crowd off their feet as they thought they were about to see their side come from behind to win a league derby for only the second time in 90 years.
Southampton were brought back down to earth by Arsenal as the Gunners provisionally extended their lead to four points with a 2-0 win over the Saints.
Fulham lost 2-1 at home against Swansea, Newcastle beat Norwich 2-1 and Stoke won 2-0 against Sunderland. In a late match, Chelsea thrashed West Ham 3-0.