Everton, who included established first team players such as Phil Jagielka, Leon Osman, Jack Rodwell, Seamus Coleman and Victor Anichebe in their line-up, were reportedly thankful for back-up goalkeeper Jan Mucha keeping Liverpool’s strikers at bay. Only Brad Jones, the third-choice goalkeeper for Kenny Dalglish, and 21-year-old forward Nathan Eccleston could boast first team experience of the XI Reds who started the match, compared with nine from Everton’s team.
The match was played at Everton’s Goodison Park ground, a pre-cursor to the senior derby that takes place at Anfield on Tuesday 13 March. In the last meeting between the senior sides in October Liverpool triumphed at Goodison 2-0 through goals from Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez, while Dirk Kuyt missed a first-half penalty.
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