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PEPE REINA: No repeat of the Spaniard’s derby nightmare last season as he produced a sound display and was clever with his distribution. Score 7

STEVE FINNAN: Not the most taxing of afternoons for the Irish full-back as Everton operated without an orthodox left winger. Score 7

JOHN ARNE RIISE: As a relative derby veteran, he was preferred to Alvaro Arbeloa. Could have shown more composure when blasting over. Score 6

SAMI HYYPIA: Overall game was competent but the Finn will be relieved to end up a winner after superseding Sandy Brown as the scorer of the most spectacular Merseyside derby own goal. Score 5

JAMIE CARRAGHER: Playing when unfit in the corresponding fixture last season, the boyhood Evertonian was determined to make amends. Most observers felt he was fortunate to get away with his stoppage time challenge on Lescott. Score 6

STEVEN GERRARD: Operating on the right-hand side of midfield, the Liverpool skipper recovered from his England disappointment to earn the visitors’ first penalty but was substituted for being ‘too passionate’. Score 7

JAVIER MASCHERANO: The dying embers of the Argentinian’s short and not-so-sweet spell at West Ham came in a six-minute cameo in a 2-0 defeat at Goodison last December but revived at Liverpool, this scenario was much different. Score 7

MOMO SISSOKO: Earned the praise of his manager afterwards for a typically all-action display but distribution left a lot to be desired. Score 6

YOSSI BENAYOUN: Another derby debutant, the Israeli was a constant menace with his trickery and he almost helped but Liverpool ahead early on. Score 7

ANDRIY VORONIN: Continues to impress with his strong and committed displays. Score 8

DIRK KUYT: The friendly Dutchman lost his cool when lunging at Phil Neville and was fortunate to stay on but held his nerve to convert both penalties. Score 7

RYAN BABEL (on for Benayoun, 68): A raw but dangerous presence on the right-wing. Score 7

LUCAS LEIVA (on for Gerrard, 71): An unlikely baptism of fire for the young Brazilian but his shot in stoppage time would have gone in had it not been for Neville’s handball. Scorer 7

JERMAINE PENNANT (on for Sissoko, 87) It was slightly surprising that the winger was not introduced early against 10 men. Score 6

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