A relatively quiet afternoon for the American as Liverpool were restricted predominantly to half chances. Only real action of the first-half was to tip a Torres header over the bar and he denied the Spaniard again with a sharp save late on.
Just about made the game because of a hamstring injury but it hardly showed as, together with Distin, he kept Liverpool at bay as the visitors desperately tried to get back into the game late on. Headers, blocks, interceptions and tackles - an almost complete performance from the England international.
An excellent performance from the French defender as he shackled Torres and used his pace and experience to earn a well-deserved clean sheet for his side. Superb late block to prevent Ngog from scoring. Could have scored when he worked room in box on 14 minutes but his shot was deflected over.
An understated role in an unfamiliar position for the Dutchman. Did not deliver the crunching tackles many might have expected but, playing just in front of the back four, made sure Gerrard saw little of the ball in the first half-an-hour. Tactically astute positioning provided platform for Everton to attack down the flanks. Replaced by Hibbert in the 72nd minute.
Another superb performance from the lifelong Everton supporter. Completely blunted any threat from Maxi and Carragher down the Liverpool right and offered attacking threat with his sweet left foot. Should be in line for England recognition if he continues performing like this.
Where did this kid come from? Two years ago he was playing for Sligo Rovers in Ireland and now he's running Premier League full-backs ragged. From the first minute he drove at the Liverpool defence and was rewarded as he surged to the touchline and set up Cahill's opener. A snip at £60,000 in January 2009.
The Spaniard will be the toast of one half of Merseyside after his superb strike five minutes after the break, an arrow to remind Liverpool of their daunting predicament on the pitch. Kept his head to take a touch and direct swerving drive from the edge of the area past despairing Liverpool limbs. Also produced dangerous delivery from set-pieces before being replaced by Beckford on 74 minutes.
A captain's performance from right-back to draw comparisons with brother Gary. Reliable defensively as he forced Cole inside to look for room and when in possession quickly gave the ball to the dangerous Coleman.
A quiet but effective 45 minutes and linked up effectively with Baines. Replaced at half-time by Bilyaletdinov due to injury.
Kissed his badge when he scored and the Everton fans would have wanted to return the gesture after his fifth Premier League goal in the Merseyside derby. Playing essentially as a second striker, the Australian was always a goal threat and he matched a typically well timed run with a cracking finish into the roof of the net. Booked for cynical first-half foul on Gerrard.
Stayed alert to keep out Yakubu's 28th minute drive but could not do anything about two unstoppable strikes high into his net. The least of Liverpool's problems.
An afternoon that would have hurt the Liverpool vice-captain, who was an Everton supporter as a boy. Forced to play at right-back because of Glen Johnson's hamstring injury, produced a decent enough defensive performance but looked uncomfortable going forward.
A decent defensive display from the Slovakian who was often the spare man as Kyrgiakos went man-to-man with Yakubu, Everton's lone striker. Had to keep an eye on Cahill's runs from deep and produced a generally aware performance.
Dealt well in the air with Everton crosses in the first-half but struggle to handle Yakubu's power and aggression throughout the game. Poor header out fell to Arteta for Everton's second goal.
Struggled to handle Coleman's direct dribbling and it was little surprise that Cahill's goal came from Liverpool's left side as Konchesky did not stop the run or block the cross.
An almost anonymous first 45 minutes in which his only action of note was a lunge on Baines which resulted in a booking. Fierce drive from 25 yards just after the break could have changed his afternoon. Replaced by Jovanovic in the 84th minute.
A tidy performance from the £11.5 million summer signing from Porto but another who could not use is creativity to test the hosts' goal. Playing in a deeper role than in previous outings, the Portugal international was not able to pull the Everton players out of position to create chances for his team-mates.
Aside from a ten minute spell before the end of the first-half, the Liverpool captain had a subdued afternoon. Forced to come deep to get hold of the ball, Gerrard found himself too far from goal to unleash any trademark shots on goal. A near-perfect cross eight minutes from time reminded the Toffees of his ability to change a game in an instant.
Looked short of confidence on the left as he constantly took the easy option with infield passes. At his best, the former Chelsea man runs at the defences and uses his skill to create chances for his team-mates. Produced a dangerous cross in the first-half from which Torres could have scored. Replaced by Babel nine minutes from time.
When you need someone to grab the game by the scruff of the neck and make something happen, there are few players you would want less than the Brazilian. Not a bad performance by any stretch, but was slow to deliver passes which usually went sideways or backwards. Replaced by Ngog in the 71st minute as the visitors went looking for goals.
Deary me, is there anything left to say about Fernando Torres this season. On this evidence, any Liverpool fans who thought the resolution of the ownership saga would be the catalyst for a change in the Spaniard's attitude were way off the mark. He looked completely disinterested, and when he was involved in the action usually conspired to lose possession. Had little service but equally showed no movement or effort aside from a tame late effort. A big problem.
- 1 J. Mucha
- 30 S. Mustafi
Reliable after replacing Heintinga in the 72nd minute.
On on half-time for the injured Osman, the Russian was disciplined and Everton stayed organised in the second-half but did not catch the eye going forward.
Had chances to make it three after replacing Arteta on 74 minutes but made poor decisions in the final third.
- 19 M. Gueye
- 37 J. Baxter