Liverpool 0-0 Everton: Player ratings

Steven Gerrard clashes with Leon Osman. Photo: PA

LIVERPOOL

JOSE REINA: Took control of a dangerous moment well with a punch towards the end of the first half, and may argue he was impeded for the disallowed goal. 6/10

GLEN JOHNSON: Endured one or two hairy moments but emerged unscathed. 5

JOSE ENRIQUE: Generally solid and looked to provide a wide attacking outlet where possible. 6

DANIEL AGGER: Did not really put a foot wrong. 6

STEVEN GERRARD: The captain was typically to the fore, launching some excellent long-range passes, battling in midfield and trying his luck on goal where he could. 8

PHILIPPE COUTINHO: Not quite as impressive as in the 6-0 win over Newcastle, but put in another eye-catching display and tended to be at the heart of the best of Liverpool's link-up play in attack. 7

JORDAN HENDERSON: Showed some very nice touches in the first half, but was also berated by Enrique for not tracking back and faded in the second, eventually being replaced by Fabio Borini. 6

DANIEL STURRIDGE: Made several attempts on goal without really going close and on a couple of occasions, might have been better off looking for a team-mate. 6

STEWART DOWNING: Made a few decent forays forward early on, but became a little anonymous as the game wore on. Replaced by Martin Skrtel. 6

LUCAS LEIVA: A solid enough performance. 6

JAMIE CARRAGHER: Playing in his final Merseyside derby, the 35-year-old often found himself with plenty to deal with in the form of physical opponents like Marouane Fellaini, but generally handled things well - although he was outjumped by Sylvain Distin for the disallowed goal. 6

SUBSTITUTES

FABIO BORINI (for Henderson, 66): Could not get on the end of an Enrique cross and picked up a booking. 5

MARTIN SKRTEL (for Downing, 79): Helped shore things up at the back in the closing stages. 5

EVERTON

TIM HOWARD: Did well early in the second half, making himself big to deny Sturridge as the frontman looked to get around him, and generally looked comfortable. 7

LEIGHTON BAINES: Provided a mixed bag of deliveries into the box, but the better ones caused real problems for Liverpool's defence. 6

DARRON GIBSON: Steady performance on his return to the side. 6

PHIL JAGIELKA: Dependable as ever, making some crucial interventions 7

KEVIN MIRALLAS: Had a few bursts, but nowhere near at his potent best and was withdrawn for Nikica Jelavic. 5

SYLVAIN DISTIN: Another who frequently got the decisive touch to avert danger, and scored what looked in many ways to be a perfectly good goal, only to have the headed effort chalked off. 8

LEON OSMAN: In the thick of things as usual, but without making any real standout contributions. 6

STEVEN PIENAAR: Showed plenty of endeavour, but not quite as influential as he has been in previous games. 6

SEAMUS COLEMAN: Always looked lively bombing forward out wide. 6

MAROUANE FELLAINI: Did not dictate proceedings the way he often does, passed up a good-looking chance early on and seemed lucky once or twice to escape punishment for having flailing arms. 6

VICTOR ANICHEBE: Used his physical presence to unsettle Liverpool at the back. 6

SUBSTITUTES

NIKICA JELAVIC (for Mirallas, 75) Had little impact.