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Everton v Liverpool - story of the match

Striker Daniel Sturridge came off the bench to play a pivotal part in Liverpool snatching a winner in the fifth minute of added time of the 227th Merseyside derby.

The England international, making his first appearance since November 19, was a late introduction off the bench and it was his crossfield run and shot against a post which presented Sadio Mane with a tap in.

Sturridge has been sidelined with a calf injury, but having been included in the match-day squad for the first time he proved his match-winning capabilities again with the incisiveness which had been so lacking for long periods.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"Get in ya beauty! #EFCvLFC" - former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher, one of Sky Sports' pundits for the match, delights in Mane's late winner.

STAR MAN

Ragnar Klavan: Liverpool's less-heralded centre-back coped well during the first-half barrage from the hosts and provided a calming presence in a heated derby atmosphere.

DATA POINT

Everton have won just one of their last 20 league Merseyside derbies.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Sturridge's run and shot may not have been the most powerful he has ever produced but it created enough uncertainty in Everton's defence and, although it beat goalkeeper Joel Robles but not the post, it still led to the game's only goal.

RATINGS

Everton

Maarten Stekelenburg: 6 (out of 10)

Seamus Coleman: 7

Ashley Williams: 6

Ramiro Funes Mori: 6

Leighton Baines: 6

Idrissa Gueye: 6

James McCarthy: 7

Enner Valencia: 5

Ross Barkley: 7

Aaron Lennon: 6

Romelu Lukaku: 5

Substitutes

Gareth Barry (on for McCarthy, 46): 5

Joel Robles (on for Stekelenburg, 64): 5

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (on for Valencia, 73): 5

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet: 6

Nathaniel Clyne: 7

Dejan Lovren: 6

Ragnar Klavan: 7

James Milner: 6

Jordan Henderson: 5

Georginio Wijnaldum: 6

Adam Lallana: 5

Sadio Mane: 7

Divock Origi: 4

Roberto Firmino: 5

Substitutes

Daniel Sturridge (on for Origi, 82): 7

Emre Can (on for Lallana, 82): 6

Lucas Leiva (on for Mane, 90): 5

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