LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Daniel Sturridge scored a late equalizer to salvage a 3-3 draw for Liverpool in a pulsating Merseyside derby against fierce rival Everton in the Premier League.
Sturridge scored with a glancing header from Steven Gerrard's free kick just 10 minutes after coming off the bench to cap an action-packed game at Goodison Park.
The result left second-place Liverpool with 24 points from 12 games while Everton has 21.
Romelu Lukaku had scored twice in the second half to give Everton a 3-2 lead. The Belgian forward thought he had given his team its first derby victory since October 2010 when he headed home in the 82nd minute, just 10 minutes after taking advantage of some confusion in the Liverpool box to slide the ball past goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.
Luis Suarez had put the Reds in front with a free kick in the 19th minute after a thrilling start. Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring in the fifth minute before Kevin Mirallas equalized for Everton three minutes later.
"That is the best experience I've ever had in club football. It's a pity we didn't win but hopefully we will next time," Lukaku said.
Sturridge started on the bench while midfielder Joe Allen made his first league start since March. Everton made just one change from the goalless draw at Crystal Pace before the international break, with Ross Barkley replacing Leon Osman.
Coutinho made the most of sloppy defending from Liverpool, finding himself unmarked at the far post from Steven Gerrard's corner to slot home his first goal of the season with a cool finish.
But Coutinho's goal did not silence the home fans for long as Mirallas leveled moments later with a shot high into the net after Liverpool defenders failed to clear a free kick in the box from Leighton Baines.