Everton 1-1 Liverpool: Brendan Rodgers decision to use Emre Can in defence backfires

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Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw against bitter-rivals Everton in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers switched to a three-back formation that served him well last season with Martin Skrtel, Sakho and Emre Can all being assigned a role in the defence.

Can has however, played most of the current season as a midfielder despite having played as a back-three and as a full-back for most of last season.


The decision to pull Can back into defence backfired however, as the 21-year-old’s clearance passed the ball directly into the path of Lukaku who was not going to miss from just outside the six-yard box.


Everton 1-1 Liverpool

Kick-Off: 13:30 GMT

Stadium: Goodison Park

Everton confirmed starting lineup: Howard, Galloway, Funes Mori, Jagielka (c), Browning, Barry, McCarthy, Naismith, Barkley, Deulofeu, Lukaku

Subs: Robles, Gibson, Oviedo, Kone, Lennon, Osman, Holgate

Manager: Roberto Martinez

Liverpool confirmed starting lineup: Mignolet, Skrtel, Sakho, Can, Clyne, Moreno, Lucas, Milner, Coutinho, Ings, Sturridge

Subs: Bogdan, Gomez, Rossiter, Allen, Ibe, Lallana, Origi

Manager: Brendan Rodgers

Goals: 41′ Ings, 46′ Lukaku

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