Last Updated: 05/05/13 3:21pm
Enrique fires a ball across the goal but there is nobody in the middle and Howard can push it away for a throw-in.
Anichebe does well to fend off Johnson on the left and crosses but Fellaini cannot get there ahead of Enrique.
Chance! Gerrard collects the pass from Sturridge and rounds Howard after Gibson loses the ball but Distin clears off the line.
Coutinho with the effort at the other end. He opens his body to find the far corner but skews the shot wide.
The ball is cleared but then Mirallas fouls Gerrard. Another chance to cross. This time it does reach Agger but he heads over.
Strong hold-up play by Anichebe sets up Fellaini but the Belgian fires over from a narrow angle inside the right channel.
Anichebe attempts to get Coleman away down the right but he has got too much on it and Reina shepherds the ball out of play.
Sturridge almost squeezes through down the right channel but the ball ends up safely with Howard again.
Gibson looks to find Coleman but he never quite has the angle for the pass and puts the ball out for a goal-kick.
Outrageous crossfield pass from Gerrard gets Johnson away down the right and his cross comes through for Coutinho but the Liverpool man can only fire straight at Howard.
Goal disallowed! Distin heads in from the corner but the referee rules it out. He'd spotted an offence in the box but the replays showed very little.
Gerrard finds Johnson but the full-back has his run blocked and the ball runs through to Howard. It's all Liverpool in this second half.
Flowing move from the Reds and Enrique has got away from Mirallas down the left but his cross is too close to Howard. The Everton keeper gathers.
Chance! Coutinho threads the ball through brilliantly to Sturridge and the Liverpool striker tries to round Howard. It wasn't the worst decision but the keeper stands up well and makes the block.
Home side straight on the attack but the visitors defend well and the ball ends up safely with Howard.
Chris: 'Everton's performance has been shocking so far - their attacking play has been woeful at times.'
Fellaini flings an arm at Gerrard while in possession of the ball himself. Lucky to escape action for that one.
Pienaar and Fellaini do well but then Gerrard intercepts the former's pass to Anichebe. Everton struggling to get their big striker into the game.
Chance! Sturridge with the lay-off to Coutinho and, just as he looks set to stroke the ball home, there is Jagielka with the tackle.
Downing tracks the run from Baines well. Then Johnson tackles Mirallas. But Everton do get the free-kick eventually. Chance to swing the ball in.
Chance! Downing's cross falls nicely for Gerrard after Henderson plays it back to the skipper but Jagielka blocks the effort with his foot.
Baines corner comes to Pienaar but he scuffs the shot wide. Anichebe was causing Reina plenty of problems there.
This is frantic. First Distin almost messes up a header and allows Downing in, then Howard kicks the ball wildly out of play.
Now Mirallas puts a cross into a dangerous area but with just Anichebe to aim for it eludes the striker.
Chance! Baines whips in a free-kick from the left and Fellaini gets a foot to it ahead of Carragher but the ball just slips wide of the post.
Miscued clearance by Howard turns out well for Everton and Pienaar can break but Agger cuts out his reverse pass.
Sturridge collects another superb long ball by Gerrard. He cuts in from the right onto his left foot but blasts the ball over the bar.
Gerrard with a fine pass. Sturridge gets in behind the defence in the left channel but his centre is cleared with two Reds players closing in. Fast start here.
Lucas with a late challenge on Osman but the referee waves play on. The Everton midfielder was clattered there.
Fantastic long ball by Henderson to find Sturridge. The striker eventually shoots wide. Good start by the home side.
Henderson feeds Sturridge in a good position but the Liverpool forward checks back and the chance is gone.
It's competitive as you'd expect with Mirallas and Enrique involved in a real tussle. The Liverpool man wins out this time.
Poor kick from Reina under little pressure. There's a great atmosphere here with a flare adding to the mood.
Mark: 'I think Liverpool will be full of confidence but I fear that will bring complacency between the players. I feel Everton will sneak this one by pure team togetherness.'
Jack: 'Liverpool to win 3-0 with goals from Stevie G, Coutinho and Sturridge. We have much more talent.'
Everton have won 56% of games with Johnny Heitinga playing this season, and just 10% without him. Of all players to have both played and missed at least 10 of their team's games this season, Heitinga has the biggest impact on his team's win rate.
How about some Opta stats for you... Lucas Leiva has made a tackle more frequently than any other player in the Premier League this season (every 14.9 minutes on average).
Chris: 'Now the team-sheets are out, Carragher aside, I can't see past a red-men win. 2-0 with a couple of pens from Stevie G.'
Joseph: 'I think the result would be purely academic... perhaps for the bragging rights if the folks in blue put one over us today and finish above us this season. It's a season of rebuilding for us and we can all look forward to the next season with hopes that BR will put all gears in place. Nevertheless, I would like to see a 3-0 scoreline with Coutinho on the scoresheet! He's so so talented!'
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard scored only his second Premier League hat-trick in this fixture last season.
Daniel Sturridge has scored seven goals and made three assists in 11 Premier League appearances for Liverpool. He starts up front in the absence of Luis Suarez.
Blaine: 'A good game on the cards for the neutral, I think Everton will break their 'Big Four' away day duck and steal a 3-2 win! I think there are goals in this one today!'
'This is Stewart MacLaren from a warm and windy Torrevieja in Spain saying that Everton will beat Liverpool 2-1 in the Merseyside Derby match at Anfield this Afternoon with excellent goals from Kevin Mirallas and Victor Anichebe.'
Okba: 'I see a lot of talk about if Liverpool can win a match without Luis Suarez and all I can say is they are capable of winning games without Suarez. They are not a one or two man team and I get a feeling they will hurt Everton today. Liverpool to win 3-0.'
It has certainly been a feisty fixture over the years. Liverpool v Everton has seen more red cards than any other fixture in Premier League history (20).
Waleed: 'It's a massive derby. Liverpool have a lot of clever tricky players but Everton have a real physical presence about them with Anichebe, Fellaini, Jelavic etc. I think there'll be more red cards than goals in this one. A narrow 1-0 to the Reds!'
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Enrique, Agger, Carragher, Gerrard, Lucas, Henderson, Coutinho, Downing, Sturridge. Subs: Jones, Skrtel, Shelvey, Borini, Assaidi, Coates, Suso.
Everton: Howard, Coleman, Baines, Jagielka, Distin, Mirallas, Osman, Gibson, Pienaar, Fellaini, Anichebe. Subs: Mucha, Hibbert, Heitinga, Jelavic, Oviedo, Naismith, Duffy.
Under David Moyes, Everton have played 44 away games against the traditional 'big four' and are yet to win. They have taken just 17 points from 132 on offer.
At Anfield, the Toffees are without a win in 12 Premier League games, losing six including five of the last eight.
The odds reflect Everton's poor record in this fixture in recent years. They have only won one of their last 12 Premier League Merseyside derbies (D4 L7).
Chris: 'This match is going to be a cracker and I'm really looking forward to it. I think this match will be a tight one, but if Everton take their chances and don't allow Liverpool to dominate the game, then I think they'll win it 2-1.'
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Our friends at Sky Bet make Liverpool the 10/11 favourites with Everton as 100/30 underdogs. The draw is available at 5/2.
With Liverpool coming into this match on the back of a 6-0 win at Newcastle, the bookmakers regard that as unlikely.
The Toffees go into the game five points clear of the Reds with just three games remaining so David Moyes' men can mathematically guarantee a top-six finish with victory here.
The hopes of a top-four finish may have disappeared for these sides but this is still a Merseyside derby and Liverpool surely need to win to have any hope of finishing above their neighbours.
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