How Everton's players rated in their agonising defeat to rivals Liverpool
Everton were denied a point in the first Merseyside derby of the season thanks to an added-time winner by Sadio Mane. The Toffees, who overturned Arsenal in midweek, had huffed and puffed in a feisty affair at Goodison Park. Ross Barkley was fortunate not to be sent off for the home side for a rash tackle on Jordan Henderson, but his side’s night got worse in injury time when Mane tucked home a rebound. Here’s how Everton’s players fared – feel free to comment or even submit your own ratings in the section below.
Maarten Stekelenburg – 7
Virtually a spectator in the first half but was called into action to make a crucial save from Firmino early in the second period. Suffered an injury after a nasty collision with Baines on the hour mark and was replaced by Robles.
Seamus Coleman – 6.5
Coped well defensively with Liverpool’s fluid front three. Afforded space to roam down the right flank and delivered a couple of teasing crosses that came to nothing. Late sliding interception kept the deficit to one goal.
Ashley Williams – 6.5
Buoyed by his last-gasp winner in Everton’s previous fixture against Arsenal, he marshalled Origi well. Growing in stature at the Toffees after a sticky start but was too slow to react from Sturridge’s shot that led to Liverpool’s late winner.
Ramiro Fumes Mori – 6
Squandered a golden opportunity when he headed off-target while unmarked from Everton’s first meaningful attempt. Fortunate that Stekelenburg bailed him out of trouble after he had got the wrong side of Firmino. Like Williams, was too slow to react to the rebound as Mane pounced.
Leighton Baines – 6.5
Combined well with Lennon in the first half. His goal-preventing tackle to stop Mane inadvertently forced Stekelburg to depart prematurely with a thigh injury.
James McCarthy – 5.5
A typically combative display from the tough-tackling Irishman until he strained his hamstring late in the first half. Substituted and replaced by Gareth Barry at half-time.
Idrissa Gueye – 6.5
Everton’s very own Duracell bunny – he never stopped running. Much of his work was of a defensive nature as Liverpool gained the ascendancy in the second half. Booked for a late challenge on Mane and could have done more to prevent Sturridge from getting his shot away.
Aaron Lennon – 5.5
Stationed on the left but cut inside on several occasions to good effect and often had the beating of Clyne. Faded in the second half as Liverpool gained control.
Ross Barkley – 5.5
As the only Merseysider playing in the derby, Barkley’s desperation to impress for his home club was obvious. But he was lucky to avoid being shown a red card after a rash lunge on Henderson. Still searching to regain his best form.
Enner Valencia – 5
The West Ham loanee is still awaiting his first goal in an Everton shirt. Showed flashes of skill, but they were all too brief. Subbed after 72 minutes.
Romelu Lukaku – 6
Fully utilised his physicality to hold up the ball effectively but was starved of adequate service for large parts and never really looked like scoring. An improvised back header was the closest he came to finding the net.
Gareth Barry – 6
Moved into second place ahead of Frank Lampard in the list of all-time Premier League appearance-makers when he replaced the injured McCarthy at half-time. Was a reliable presence in front of Everton’s back four.
Joel Robles – 7
Came on for Stekelenburg and pulled off a superb reactionary save to deny Firmino late on, but could not get to Sturridge’s miscued effort that bounced off the post and allowed Mane to score.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin – 5
The youngster replaced Valencia but had no impact on proceedings.