Liverpool 1-0 Everton — live as it happened

Live text commentary as it happened: Liverpool 1-0 Everton

1754 BST: Full-time. Liverpool 1 Everton 0 and Liverpool win the Merseyside derby and do the double over their great city rivals. Torres’ 27th goal of the season seals the deal, and Liverpool jump five points clear of Everton in fourth.

Stoppage time: Gerrard clears the ball with a great clearance. Kuyt is troubling the Everton defence with some sneaky play, staying up and forcing Howard to clear. One minute left.

Liverpool win a free-kick. It would now appear to be game over. Liverpool make one final change — Peter Crouch is on for Steven Gerrard.

90th minute: That results in Torres being replaced for safety by Jermaine Pennant. Torres’ goal in the 7th minute could turn out to be the winner here… Gerrard drives a rasping shot at Howard who tips it out for the corner. Three minutes of stoppage time. Arteta does well at the corner to win the goal kick.

89th minute – YELLOW: Fernando Torres earns a totally needless booking for kicking the ball away to time-waste.

88th minute: Corner taken short. Jagielka heads clear.

87th minute: Hyypia heads away the corner. Carsley wants to shoot but doesn’t get it right and Liverpool clear easily. Down the other end, Kuyt appears to have scored but just missed wide after a deflection.

86th minute: Everton keen to keep a hold of the ball to maximise their chances. Cross from Osman. Reina can’t deal with the cross — scary thoughts of last week’s Man Utd match come to mind — and Skrtel concedes the corner.

84th minute: Arteta squares the free-kick to Fernandes, whose shot from distance is blocked. Liverpool break quickly and Torres plays a brilliant ball in, saved well by Howard.

83rd minute: Carragher gets a cross in but it flies over the goal on the other end and out for a goal kick. Everton win a free-kick in a good position up the other end.

82nd minute: Hibbert takes an attacking throw short. The ball is lost for a goal kick, although Hibbert wants a corner. Ref Webb has to talk to Hibbert about dissent. Replays show it should have been a corner. Babel is taken off for Benayoun.

80th minute: Everton have an attack going. Liverpool’s defence holds strong, however. Liverpool counter. Torres down the left, but can’t get past two defenders in the box. Osman finds Yakubu but Skrtel makes a good challenge.

78th minute: Liverpool keeping possession but appear to be content to hang on to the ball. You cannot help but feel that Everton will somehow get a point from somewhere. Torres caught offside. The ball goes missing for a while and Howard only takes the kick a minute later.

76th minute: The Everton defence switches off and Tim Howard has to rescue his colleagues by clearing the ball outside his box before Ryan Babel can get to it. Liverpool looking for a killer blow here.

75th minute: Torres caught offside. Liverpool should have buried this game a while ago.

74th minute: Everton win a corner. Reina deals with it by punching it away. Goal kick as it comes off Yakubu.

71st minute – YELLOW CARD: Phil Jagielka is booked for a high challenge on Gerrard. Phil Neville is off for Leighton Baines.

69th minute: Yobo loses the ball a bit too easily. Gerrard breaks down the left but his cross is blocked and out for a corner. Eventually cleared short and Everton play upfield quickly. Skrtel reads the situation well and challenges successfully to clear.

66th–68th minutes: Liverpool make a number of good passes but it comes to nothing as Babel’s cross is cleared. Everton break down the other end and win a throw. Taken quickly by Arteta. The cross is headed away and it’s Liverpool’s turn to break. Early ball in from Kuyt is not cleared properly and Alonso has a shot, blocked by Yobo. The resulting corner comes to nothing.

65th minute: Everton have an attacking throw. Taken long by Neville, but headed away. Liverpool win the ball. Gerrard tries to play it early but Jagielka is aware and puts it out into touch.

62nd minute: More from the stats department: Everton have had 60-40 of possession this half. Rafa Benítez is seen discussing something with fourth official Rob Styles.

61st minute: Everton want a penalty. Not given. Replays show Yakubu dived. Fernandes is finally on, he replaces Steven Pienaar.

60th minute: Everton want to bring Manuel Fernandes on, but Osman’s struggling a little and Moyes has to halt the change to consider Osman’s situation.

59th minute: Everton win another free-kick, in a less promising position but still upfield. Arteta’s cross is headed by Osman but it’s wide. Osman has gone down.

58th minute: Everton win a free-kick in an ever-so-promising position.

57th minute: The game’s gone ever so slightly dull right now. Gerrard plays a one-two with Alonso, but the ball is lost further up the field. Rather dull right now.

54th minute: Yakubu’s cross is easily cut out. Liverpool now with possession in midfield, playing well. A loose ball finds its way to Osman, but he wastes the chance. Lee Carsley has gone down hurt after a challenge on Gerrard saw the Liverpool skipper accidentally injure him. He’s back up now though.

53rd minute: Everton have had more possession this half than they had last but need to make something happen soon. Osman finds Pienaar in an offside position.

50th minute: Another little bit from the random stats department: Everton are statistically the ‘cleanest’ team in the Premier League this season, with the lowest number of yellow and red cards. This despite having two men sent off last time they played their Merseyside rivals.

48th minute – YELLOW CARD: Yakubu does well to latch on to a through ball and wins a corner for his team. Taken by Arteta. Reina punches it clear and Babel takes the ball down the left. Brought down by Pienaar who is booked.

46th minute: Right from the get-go, Liverpool threaten again. Everton manage to deal with it, but this surely isn’t a good sign for David Moyes’ men. Torres attempts a little chip from 20 yards which is easily saved.

1705 BST: Everton get us underway in the second half. Will Liverpool be made to pay for failing to take a number of their chances? We’re about to find out.

1704 BST: The teams re-appear for the start of the second half.

1648 BST: Half-time. Liverpool lead 1-0 and have totally dominated the match.

45th minute: Gerrard plays a brilliant pass cross-field. The cross in is headed back by Torres to Kuyt, who misses wide. Riise smashes one in as well, and that’s out for a corner. Looks like it came off Babel, though. One minute added.

43rd minute: The free-kick comes to nothing. Down the other end, Yakubu is left alone and his soft shot is easily gathered by Reina.

42nd minute: David Moyes does not look happy on the sidelines. Everton have rarely tested Reina so far. Liverpool win a free-kick after Hibbert is deemed to have jumped unfairly.

40th minute: Reina takes a brilliant free-kick. Torres heads it on for Gerrard whose brilliant volley hits the post. Torres’ follow-up does not materialise.

38th minute: Everton win a free-kick. Their first real chance at scoring, perhaps? It’s taken by Arteta. The attacking header hits Hyypia and it’s cleared poorly. Liverpool finally get it away. Liverpool push up on the counter. It’s out for a corner.

37th minute: Everton break with Arteta after Xabi Alonso is caught in possession. Pienaar wastes the attack by losing the ball out into touch.

34th minute: A rare Everton attack has Liverpool sitting fairly deep. Headed away by Hyypia but not far out enough. Liverpool finally clear. Slightly better from the Toffees now. Jagielka is caught in possession in his own half and Gerrard very nearly takes the ball away.

33rd minute: Kuyt whips in a good cross but it’s cleared. Everton are really poor right now.

32nd minute: A great ball in from Gerrard from the free-kick but Lucas heads over. Given as a corner. Howard punches it away.

31st minute: Everton win a free-kick in their own half but give it away and Liverpool break well. Torres is pushed over by Jagielka and wins Liverpool a free-kick.

29th minute: Everton have a rare attempt on goal. Wide from Osman.

28th minute: Gerrard sends a teasing ball forward looking for Babel. It’s cleared. Riise gets a great cross in but Babel, yet again, is the culprit as he misses the ball totally and it’s out for a goal kick.

26th minute: Quick stat. Possession in last 5 minutes? You guessed it. Liverpool bossing it, 75-25.

25th minute: Liverpool win yet another corner, their fourth of the game. It beats everyone and Kuyt barely gets a touch on it to send it out the other end for a goal kick.

24th minute: Hyypia is fouled by Yakubu again and Liverpool win a free-kick.

23rd minute: Down the other end, Torres loses a number of defenders but his ball back across is cleared.

22nd minute: Everton get their first corner of the match, but it’s well headed away by a defender. Liverpool are starting to look edgy. Some great build-up play from Everton is wasted as Lescott’s cross is not met.

21st minute: Howard Webb — one of the best refs in the league (he’s shown the fewest yellow cards in the league this season) — speaks to Yakubu about a minor altercation with Sami Hyypia.

19th minute: Neville, of course, was one of two Everton players sent off earlier this season when the two teams met at Goodison Park — his handball on the line saving Lucas’ goal-bound effort in the last minute. He’s now on a yellow here.

18th minute – YELLOW CARD: Phil Neville is the second man into the book for a late challenge on Lucas.

17th minute: Everton defend the corner well but have yet to do much in this game.

16th minute: Torres in the box finds Gerrard unmarked. Gerrard tries to get it back to Torres and Everton clear. Later in the minute, Torres does well to get the ball in the box. Finds Kuyt, whose shot is well saved by Howard.

15th minute: The two managers on the touchline both shouting instructions to their players. Their demeanours could not be more different, however.

13th minute: Liverpool get a corner. Finds Riise outside the box but no trademark long-range goal from the Norwegian, his weak attempt is wide.

11th minute: Liverpool are bossing play. Everton have not seen much of the ball so far and need to settle down quickly. Torres’ goal, incidentally, was the 100th in all competitions this season so far for Liverpool.

9th minute: The free-kick is wide, left of the goal.

8th minute – YELLOW CARD: Straight from the kick off, Gerrard wins the ball. Carsley takes out Torres with a high challenge and is booked. Free-kick to Liverpool.

7th minute – GOAL (Liverpool): Fernando Torres capitalises on some poor defending and sublimely finishes with a great low shot into the corner past Howard.

3rd minute: Babel cuts in from the left and finds Kuyt on the right. Kuyt’s cross/shot is saved easily by Howard.

2nd minute: Energetic start here. Arteta has a powerful shot saved well at the other end.

1st minute: Gerrard goes on a run down the right but his cross is out.

1602 BST: Liverpool kick off, playing towards the Kop end.

Team lineups
: Reina, Carragher, Hyypia, Skrtel, Riise, Lucas, Gerrard (Crouch 90), Alonso, Babel (Benayoun 82), Torres (Pennant 90), Kuyt
Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Yobo, Jagielka, Lescott, Arteta, Neville (Baines 72), Carsley, Pienaar (Fernandes 62), Osman, Yakubu


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