Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard: Open derby could have finished 5-5
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard jokes the Merseyside derby could have finished 5-5 such was the high volume of chances
Steven Gerrard has joked the Merseyside derby could have finished 5-5 such was the high volume of chances at Goodison Park.
Brazilian Philippe Coutinho had broken the deadlock in the first half but Everton drew level through Kevin Mirallas shortly after.
Luis Suarez’s low free-kick then restored Liverpool’s advantage, before Romelua Lukaku’s second-half double made it 3-2 with eight minutes to go until Daniel Sturridge scored a late equaliser.
However, Gerrard felt Liverpool could have scored more than three goals after Joe Allen and Suarez both spurned second-half chances.
“I enjoyed it. I thought it was a tremendous derby,” Gerrard told Liverpool’s website.
“I’m sure the neutrals enjoyed watching it and it was great to play in as well. It was two good teams going right at it. Both teams were trying to win it and that’s what everyone wants to see.
“Both teams tried to play but everyone knows that nice, attractive passing football goes out of the window in derbies. It was high tempo, we tried to get the ball forward as quickly as we could and make things happen in the opposition box.
“We came here to win the game, but at 3-2 we would obviously have settled for a point. It was very important that we didn’t lose the game. It would have been a very long week waiting for the Hull game without Daniel’s equaliser.
“When you look back we could have lost but I’m sure the Everton players are thinking the same. With Joe Allen’s chance, Luis Suarez’s chance, it could have been 5-5. It was an exciting derby that I’m sure will be getting replayed on the TV for many years.”
He added: “From a player’s point of view I think we go away from here with a lot of positives but also a lot of negatives.
“When you score three but concede three your feelings are a bit mixed when you’re trying to analyse the game. But we’re certainly happy with a point the way the game panned out. It keeps Everton away from us.”