6 BRAD JONES The Australian's presence was meant to be a source of weakness for Liverpool but on only his third start for the club the 30-year-old performed solidly. He was not at fault for Everton's goal.
6 GLEN JOHNSON Making only his second appearance after a lengthy spell out with injury, the England right-back looked off the pace in the first half before proving his worth with more gusto after the interval.
5 JAMIE CARRAGHERA less than auspicious afternoon for the veteran, who was at fault for Everton's goal – hitting a clearance under no pressure straight into Cahill's body and, then floored, creating the space that allowed Jelavic to pounce.
7 MARTIN SKRTEL Arguably Liverpool's player of the season, the 27-year-old stood up strongly to the aggressive challenge posed by Jelavic and could have given his side the lead with a low drive after 14 minutes.
7 DANIEL AGGER A surprise to see the Dane start at left-back ahead of José Enrique and he was partly to blame for Everton's goal after deciding to abdicate responsibility for clearing to Carragher. But he drove Liverpool on in the second half.
6 JORDAN HENDERSON Stationed on the right of Liverpool's midfield, the 21-year-old put in another industrious display. Typically, his contribution lacked bite and it was not a surprise when he was replaced by Rodríguez late on.
6 JAY SPEARINGMissed a relatively easy chance after just three minutes and then struggled to assert any influence in the first half. Showed more aggression in the second half, however, both with his tackles and surges up the field.
7 STEVEN GERRARD The captain struggled to impose his typical dominance on this fixture but once Liverpool were level he looked his usual self. It was his run inside the Everton half that led to the free-kick from which Liverpool scored the winner.
5 STEWART DOWNING The winger was woeful in the first half, with his skewed shot on nine minutes setting the tone for a display that only marginally improved after the interval – it was his cross that Carroll should have equalised from.
8 LUIS SUAREZControversial he may be but there is simply no doubting the talents of the Uruguayan. A constant buzz around the ears of Everton's defence. Without his energy, Liverpool would have lost this match.
7 ANDY CARROLLAnother curious afternoon for £35m man. Performed admirably as a target man in the first half before missing an easy header at the start of the second. It was from his head that Liverpool eventually secured the win, though.
SUBSTITUTES: 6 Maxi Rodríguez (for Henderson, 74). Should have wrapped up the win. 7 Craig Bellamy (on for Downing, 83) . It was from his curling free-kick that the winner came. Subs not used José Enrique, Kuyt, Shelvey, Kelly, Gulácsi.
6 TIM HOWARD The American did not put a foot wrong and, as ever, was constantly cajoling the players in blue ahead of him to keep focused on the task ahead. Not at fault for either of Liverpool's goals.
5 PHIL NEVILLE The captain looked assured in a position he has also filled for Manchester United and England during a first half in which Everton were the better side. Got pinned back after the break.
4 SYLVAIN DISTIN The Frenchman was hounded by Suárez throughout the contest and he eventually cracked, playing the weak back-pass that allowed the Uruguayan to score. His subsequent look of anguish said it all.
6 JOHN HEITINGA Tasked with keeping a grip of Carroll, the Dutchman endured a tough afternoon against Liverpool's match-winner. Won some battles but also lost many. This is not a display he will remember fondly.
6 LEIGHTON BAINES Like Neville on the other side, Everton's left-back started well and from his clever reverse pass to Osman on 16 minutes Everton looked on course to take an early lead. Also hit a number of free-kicks within range of goal.
6 LEON OSMAN A quiet display from one of Everton's consistent players of the season. Looked to drift in off the line and cut inside Liverpool's back four but rarely found the space to cause any damage.
7 MAROUANE FELLAINI Was a constant, protective presence in front of his team's defence and, in possession, distributed the ball efficiently. It was the Belgian, however, who was beaten in the air by Carroll for the winning goal.
5 DARRON GIBSON The Irishman kept Everton's midfield ticking over with short passes but never looked like he was going to harm Liverpool, and could have done so had he released one of his trademark long-range drives.
6 MAGAYE GUEYE The 21-year-old Frenchman linked well with Baines down Everton's left flank and diligently shared defensive duties with the full-back up until he was replaced by Coleman midway through the second half.
7 TIM CAHILL Playing just behind Jelavic, the Australian was a constant menace to Liverpool's back four and it was his pressure that directly led to David Moyes's side taking an early lead. The 32‑year‑old faded in the second-half.
8 NIKICA JELAVIC The Croat opened the scoring after 24 minutes and, before that, displayed his technical prowess with an overhead kick that forced Jones into a reaction save. Everton's best player by far.
SUBSTITUTES: 5 Seamus Coleman (on for Gueye, 68). His reckless lunge on Gerrard, when he had already been booked, gave Liverpool the free‑kick from which they eventually scored the winning goal. n/a Victor Anichebe (for Baines, 88) Subs not used Hibbert, Jagielka, Stracqualursi, McFadden.