The full-time whistle goes and it has finished Liverpool 4 Everton 0, with Luis Suarez's the only goal in the second half.
Liverpool take a corner short and keep possession well between Gerrard, Henderson and Cissokho.
There will be a minimum of three additional minutes at Anfield and the atmosphere is surprisingly quiet.
Naismith does much better to hold the ball up this time and slips it in to Osman but his touch lets him down and Mirallas can't pick up the loose ball which is shepherded behind for a goal kick.
The game is petering out slightly now, with Everton struggling to close down the home side, who are stroking it around at leisure.
Chance for Moses, who is found in space with a pass from Alberto, but his low shot is into the side-netting at the near post.
Baines plays the ball up to Naismith but his first-time pass goes harmlessly behind for a goal kick. That just about sums up their problems without Lukaku - let's hope he's back in action soon.
Stones forces a corner on the right. The ball is swung in and it's Stones who gets his head to it but there's no power and Mignolet picks it up.
Liverpool look less of a threat since the substitutions but Everton seriously lack firepower in the final third.
Moses finds Suarez on the edge of the area but he can't beat Baines and concedes a free kick when trying to force a corner at the byline.
Another change for Liverpool as Philippe Coutinho is taken off for Luis Alberto.
Leon Osman shot is comfortably saved by Mignolet, with the Everton man under strong pressure from Gerrard.
Great chance for the away side as fantastic work from Mirallas on the left sets up McCarthy, whose left foot cross-shot flies wide of the goal just out of reach of the stretching Steven Naismith.
Jagielka in with a hard and fair tackle before Ross Barkley is taken off for Everton's new signing Aiden McGeady.
Everton really stretched and struggling to contain Liverpool, who are really enjoying themselves at 4-0 to the good. Coutinho is seeing plenty of the ball and really pulling the strings for the Reds now.
Jon Flanagan has put in a shift at right back for Liverpool and he has now been substituted for Martin Kelly.
Liverpool in a mess at the back as Everton cross from the left but they eventually clear.
Victor Moses has come on in place of Daniel Sturridge.
Another fine chance for Liverpool as Coutinho, Sturridge and Suarez find themselves breaking against two Everton defenders. Coutinho finds Sturridge in space but he spends too long thinking about it and ultimately shoots tamely over the top. Suarez not best pleased.
McCarthy allowed to come forward and tries his luck from distance but Mignolet gets down to make the save.
Liverpool too complacent in possession on the edge of the area, with Sturridge and Sterling getting a tad confused.
Barkley fires in a shot from an impossible angle on the right but Mignolet can only parry behind for a corner, which Liverpool deal with easily.
Pretty cynical trip from Gerrard on Mirallas but no yellow card, much to the Everton players' annoyance.
Barkley shows some intent and bursts forward but he's crowded out and Liverpool counter again. Sterling almost pops the ball over the top for Suarez but Alcaraz gets in the vital header.
A good tussle in the middle of the park results in Raheem Sterling being penalised for fouling Gareth Barry. Everton are struggling to create anything of note with no Lukaku to aim at up top.
Kevin Mirallas takes a direct free-kick, which looks to be heading on target, but Suarez does his job in the wall and heads clear.
Sturridge back to himself with a lovely step-over but Sterling can't capitalise and his pass out towards the left flank is disappointing.
Coutinho afforded too much time on the inside left but his shot is just wide of the post.
So close to a fifth! Gerrard's perfect ball over is helped just wide by an Everton defender.
Another Liverpool break ends with Sturridge winning a free kick on the corner of the Everton box. Alcaraz the man at fault - he's not having a fun night.
Cissokho on the deck receiving treatment after being caught late by John Stones.
MISSED! Hat-trick seeker Daniel Sturridge steps up and balloons horribly wide over the top of the bar. Very strange for normal penalty-taker Gerrard to give up the chance to score against Everton.
Penalty to Liverpool! Sterling brought down by Howard when trying to get onto the end of another throughball. No card for the 'keeper at Sterling was going wide and wouldn't have retained control of the ball.
Gerrard blocks a Mirallas shot on the edge of the area before Liverpool break away again.
Liverpool back on the ball but Coutinho loses out in a physical battle when bidding to mount another attack.
More woe for Everton as Mirallas is booked after a heavy challenge in the air.
GOAL! (Suarez) Everton have looked much better but Liverpool are wicked on the great tonight and this time it's Luis Suarez who picks up a harmless looking thrhoughball, races into the open space behind the Everton defence and fires low past Howard. Jagielka and Alcaraz were shown up for a distinct lack of pace there.
Everton keeping the ball well since half time and pushing forward with purpose. A Baines corner from the left is eventually cleared by Liverpool but Barkley beats Suarez to the long ball.
Barkley tries to make space for a shot on the edge of the Liverpool area but Coutinho stands firm and makes the tackle.
Liverpool get us under way for the second instalment and it's still pouring down with rain. Everton start the half positively with some good passing on the right but Liverpool are still pressing and force them way back into their own half.
Leon Osman has come on at half-time for Everton, replacing Steven Pienaar.
Tom from Carlisle has kindly been in touch, offering: "So much for your pre match away victory prediction at 7/2..." You're not wrong Tom, I was way off the mark! There's still time yet though. If you're a little bit mad and fancy Everton to mount an incredible comeback and win, you can have 66/1 with Sky Bet. I'm not recommending it, I'm just providing the information...
Fraser is loving this so far. He writes: "My birthday is tomorrow, and this is a perfect birthday present, if the score was 5-0 I would be over the moon! Sturridge hatrick and a suarez freekick would make the game complete, thank you Liverpool!"
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Well the first half hasn't quite gone as I expected but Everton have been the creators of their own downfall, affording Suarez and Sturridge far too much space and committing men forward at will.
The half-time whistle blows and Liverpool lead 3-0. The rain is pouring down at Anfield now and it's been a pretty soggy half for Everton in general, who lost star striker Lukaku with an injury and have been wide open at the back throughout. The only real surprise is that Suarez hasn't been on the scoresheet but it looks like he'll be sharing the load now as Sturridge is also right at the top of his game after coming back from injury.
Gareth Barry shown a yellow card for a slight trip on the breaking Sterling. It looked like a booking for an accumulation of fouls more than this one itself.
We're into the first minute of three added on at the end of the first half.
Mirallas cuts in off the left now and has another long-range effort blocked. Sterling helps out with some decent defensive work to clear the danger.
Everton enjoying a bit more possession but Liverpool appear happy to keep them at arm's length and attempt to hit on the break.
Mirallas the man showing most for Everton and he wins another corner on the right after almost getting the better of Cissokho.
Gerrard heads clear and Coutinho sets Sterling away on the right but he's adjudged to have fouled McCarthy, which looked extremely harsh.
Mirallas corner is headed wide from Barry but the last touch is off a Liverpool defender and Everton have another corner.
Everton continue to commit men forward but they are leaving so much space in behind and Liverpool really could score every time they come forward.
Foul on Suarez from Barry but the Liverpool man is making the most of it.
Steven Pienaar booked for something he said to the referee after Everton are awarded a free kick.
Baines comes forward with purpose but loses possession and Liverpool bomb forward in numbers. The away side do enough to clear but they're seriously under the cosh now.
GOAL! (Sturridge) Daniel Sturridge finds the net again. Kolo Toure lobs a long ball forward and Sturridge finds himself in space again. The ball is bouncing high and Tim Howard rushes out but Sturridge hooks a volley sweetly over the keepers' head and into the empty net.
GOAL! (Sturridge) Everton are made to rue the Mirallas chance as Liverpool double their lead. Coutinho picks up possession on the right, drifts inside and finds Sturridge on his own with a fine throughball. The England man is cool in the one-on-one situation and slots past Howard for his 15th goal of the season.
Everton have reacted well to losing Lukaku and going a goal down and come very close to an equaliser through Mirallas. He beats his man once and fires a low shot inches wide of the Liverpool post.
A double chance for Everton as Kevin Mirallas cuts in off the right and brings a smart save out of Mignolet, whose parry falls to Gareth Barry. He shoots just wide of the post.
Mirallas tries to get away from Cissokho on the Everton right and wins a corner for his team.
Just to confirm, Steven Naismith came on for the injured Lukaku a few moments ago.
Suarez wins a throw deep in the Everton half after pestering Jagielka.
Chance for Sturridge, who curls a shot just over the top after Suarez lays it off. Everton on the ropes here.
Everton break away, with Stones finding Pienaar again on the edge of the box but his shot is weak.
Suarez closes down Howard, who dallies on the ball and can only play it out for a throw.
Liverpool bomb forward and Sturridge is flagged offside. Replays show that wasn't the best call.
Lukaku has been carried behind the Everton goal and looks in some pain. Not good for the away side - a double blow after going a goal behind.
Lukaku seems to have picked up an injury when challenging for the ball at the corner. He actually took out his own man at the corner.
GOAL! (Gerrard) Suarez sends over the corner to the near post and Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard beats his man and heads cleanly into the net.
Corner to Liverpool after Suarez's effort comes off a defender and behind. He'll take it himself.
Sturridge tries to pick up a long ball but Howard is out in time to claim it. Liverpool steadily getting on top at present.
Sterling has the chance of the match so far. Sturridge feeds the ball through and the young winger latches onto it but can't squeeze it past the on-rushing Howard, who saves with his legs.
Another long-ranger from Liverpool and this time it's Gerrard. Coutinho sets up the Reds captain but he can't keep the shot down.
Pienaar fluffs an effort from the edge of the Liverpool area after good work from Stones on the right flank. The young full-back is bombing forward at every opportunity.
Another long-range effort from Suarez but straight at Howard.
Loose from Liverpool now as Skrtel gives it away but Gerrard covers his tracks and makes a vital interception.
Lukaku holds the ball up and Barkley plays it to Alcaraz but his ball forward goes through for a goal kick.
Everton build on the left before Baines is dispossessed by Gerrard.
Mirallas wants a foul after being tackled by Gerrard but nothing doing. Sterling then loses out on the Liverpool right. Neither side able to really dominate possession at present.
Barkley caught in possession by Coutinho but he can't make anything of it. Liverpool not allowing Everton any time on the ball in the early stages.
Sturridge picking up space in behind Suarez and it's his turn to have a strike on goal. The shot lacked power and Howard can make a comfortable save.
Stones does well to thwart a Suarez break after Liverpool send it long.
The short corner sees Gerrard find Henderson on the edge of the box but he can't turn the ball in, only managing to send it high over the bar.
The midfield man has received some treatment and is waiting to come on. Meanwhile, Suarez has a fine shot saved. Howard turns the effort behind for a corner.
Steven Pienaar looks in trouble here having gone down after an aerial battle with Jon Flanagan.
Everton have a couple of throw ins deep in the Liverpool half before Stones swings in a cross from the right. Lukaku just about gets his head on it but can't direct the ball toward goal.
Everton enjoying some possession now, nice touches for Barry and Barkley but Pienaar loses the ball.
Good effort from Jordan Henderson, volleying on target from the edge of the box. Tim Howard is up to the task, parrying clear of danger.
Liverpool trying to settle things down with some possession between the back four.
It's already end-to-end stuff here as Suarez and Sturridge link up on the edge of the box for Liverpool but Aly Cissokho's cross is cleared. Ross Barkley then has a long-range effort just over the bar.
Just time for Adrian's short message, which says: "Liverpool 3-0 win Suarez (2) Sturridge (1)."
The players are in the tunnel and we're approaching kick-off here at Anfield so buckle in for the ride.
Ben from Carmarthen, Wales, agrees with myself about Everton looking likely to find the net at least once: "Liverpool are suffering from a high conceding season. Only 5 goals less than West Ham who are in the relegation zone! With Rogers showing no sign of strengthening our defence during this window I can see Liverpool conceding at least 2 goals this evening. A brace from Suarez and a penalty from Gerrard to hopefully secure us a 3-2 win."
Tony F writes: "Up until the Villa game Suarez was pretty much impossible to stop at Anfield but Villa snuffed out his threat and I'd take Everton to do the same. I'll go for a draw but wouldn't be at all surprised if Everton snatched a win. I can't see Liverpool winning."
Dan Tanna is pretty confident of a home win, saying: "Liverpool having been in superb form at home have less pressure going into this match and will press from the off as the crowd will not let the team play sit back and invite pressure. The stadium will be rocking tonight as both teams are trying to achieve CL status this year. 3-0 to the reds. Come on."
John, a Canadian and long-time Toffee fan, has been in touch with: "Even with several key players missing from both sides, this should be a terrific game to watch for 'all' fans! The Reds will of course be favorites, however, I believe our Toffees are capable of taking all three points. COYB."
This comes from Loulou in Belfast: "Both teams have a lot of injuries and it will be a tough one to call, but I think Liverpool have what it takes to take three points tonight. Sturridge and Sterling to score. 2-0"
Mark, a Liverpool fan, fears the worst. He writes: "I'm a little concerned that this appears to be the same line up that floundered against Aston Villa until it was changed at halftime. Instead of Benteke terrorizing us it will now be Lukaku, I'm nervous..."
Patrick in New York fancies the same outcome: "2-2 draw ...hopefully ....as a Spurs fan!!"
Oliver says: "Lukaku to give skrtel issues all night scoring a brace. S & S scoring for the Pool. 2-2."
Liverpool will rightly be pretty confident against anyone at Anfield, where they've lost just one of their last 20 games, but Aston Villa showed they aren't the safest at the back when placed under pressure and if Everton can somehow keep SAS quiet, they should go very close to taking all three points.
The teams are out on the pitch warming up at Anfield, where light rain is falling. That should make for an ideal slick surface to create a fast-flowing match. Liverpool have dominated their big local rivals here in recent years but Everton have a new feel to them under Roberto Martinez and it's highly unlikely they'll come looking for a point, as appeared to be the case on so many occasions in this clash when David Moyes was the Toffees' boss. If I were considering a bet, I'd suggest the 7/2 with Sky Bet?aff=682" target="newwin">Sky Bet for an away victory looks more than fair given the two line-ups.
Liverpool are without Joe Allen and Mamadou Sakho due to hamstring injuries, while the Reds' injury list also includes Jose Enrique, Daniel Agger, Lucas Leiva and Glen Johnson.
A fairly succinct message for everyone now: "Gerry in Miami here. 2-0 Liverpool with Suarez and Gerrard scoring."
Anya makes the same prediction, mailing: "There are a lot of injuries on both sides so the game will be tough for both teams. Score Prediction: 2-1 to Liverpool. I'm a red so come on Liverpool!!"
Sid expects a tight encounter but is siding with a home win. He writes: "Liverpool gonna grind this one out! 2-1, with the decider being a penalty for a foul on Suarez towards the end of the game scored by Gerrard! Lukaku to get 1 on the other end."
But Stewart MacLaren 'from a cold and windy Torrevieja in Spain' says: "Everton will draw 2-2 with Liverpool at Anfield in the Merseyside Derby this evening with good goals from Ross Barkley & Romelu Lukaku."
Oli from Plymouth has kindly been in touch and he reckons Luis Suarez will be back amongst the goals at Anfield, emailing: "3 games without a goal would be seen as a minor drought by Suarez's standards this season! Two for Suarez tonight will see the reds win this one 2-0!"
So Ross Barkley comes back into the starting line-up for Everton but neither Distin nor Coleman are even fit enough for the bench. Jon Flanagan is into the Liverpool team in a rather make-shift backline.
Everton: Howard, Baines, Jagielka, Mirallas, McCarthy, Lukaku, Barry, Barkley, Pienaar, Stones, Alcaraz. Subs: Robles, Hibbert, McGeady, Naismith, Gueye, Osman, Garbutt
Liverpool: Mignolet, Cissokho, Skrtel, Toure, Flanagan, Gerrard, Henderson, Coutinho, Sturridge, Sterling, Suarez. Subs: Jones, Kelly, Ibe, Smith, Moses, Aspas, Alberto
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Good evening and welcome to our live and interactive text commentary of the Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton. I was at the helm for the corresponding fixture which finished 3-3 at Goodison Park earlier in the season so I'm expecting another glut of goals as these two much-improved sides go head-to-head. Only one point splits them in the Barclays Premier League table, with the Reds sitting in fourth spot and Everton in sixth before this evening's games kicked off. Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts, score predictions and wagers and I'll post the pick of them.