Gerrard hails derby performances of Liverpool pair Suarez and Flanagan

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has praised Luis Suarez and Jon Flanagan for their roles in the derby draw with Everton, Sky Sports has reported, predicting Suarez will take out any frustration from the match in the Reds’ next Premier League fixture and commending youngster Flanagan for his performance at left-back.

Suarez scored Liverpool’s second goal in the 3-3 draw, curling a free-kick past Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard, but had the chance to score again with a second-half header that was blocked by Howard. “Luis is the type of player who won’t be thinking about his free-kick, he’ll be thinking about the header he missed,” Gerrard said.

That’s why he’s so good,” the skipper continued. “He’ll be desperate to get back out and make amends for that. That’s what the best players do, they don’t get big-headed over the good things they do but analyse the mistakes and where it went wrong and how they can improve. Luis is a machine. He’s right up there with the best in the world.

Gerrard went on to commend Flanagan for his display in an unfamiliar position on the left of the defence. “Our star man for me was Jon Flanagan by a country mile,” Gerrard added.

He doesn’t get many headlines but as captain of the team he was the player I am most proud of. I thought he was unbelievable. It was one of the best derby performances I have seen for many years. He reminds me of Jamie Carragher in a lot of ways.

The result leaves Liverpool in second place in the Premier League table, four points behind Arsenal and level with Chelsea, but ahead of the Blues on goals scored. Everton meanwhile are seventh, three points behind their city rivals, a place behind Manchester United but adrift on goal difference.

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