Pride Of Merseyside
Liverpool were met with success yesterday after putting two past a lively Everton side and also managing to keep a clean sheet for the first time away from home this season.
Liverpool started a strong side although Fernando Torres was still not available after his late fitness test. Aurelio, Riera and Benayoun were all options after the 'horse placenta' continued to prove it's worth. Nabil El Zhar was also on the bench back from injury and of course Aquilani.
It only took 12 minutes for Liverpool to capitalize after Javier Mascherano opted for a punt from outside the area, after the shot took a deflection from Everton's Yobo it headed past a beaten Howard and the lads were 1-0 up. Mascherano was absolutely ecstatic judging by his celebration, it's just a shame that the "dubious goals committee" appear to have awarded it to Jospeh Yobo nevertheless the passion from Mascherano was clear to see.
For the rest of the first half there were many points to highlight. Everton appeared to be applying most of the pressure and even had the ball in the net ... twice. Both goals however were deemed disallowed as they were both offside, two great decisions from Alan Wiley who had a good game refereeing the derby, he managed to make sure that it wasn't one of those "stop-start" games.
Another moment within the first half that had a lot of fans certain Liverpool had scored again was when a brilliant cross from Glen Johnson came in to a pouncing Insua, a superb header was met with a superb save after Howard's reactions prevented the home side from being 2-0 down by half time.
So Liverpool were ahead but far from comfortable. After constant pushing from Everton in the first half the defence appeared quite shaky and to feel confident at 1-0 up was never a good idea. Pienaar was an attacking threat and if Everton's Bilyaletdino