Reds denied by late Cahill header

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When Steven Gerrard, captaining Liverpool for the 250th time, smashed home his 14th of the season from 25 yards after 68 minutes, it looked as if the Reds were going to knock Manchester United off the top of the table.

But Everton have become a mean outfit this season, and when Cahill’s 87th-minute header from Mikel Arteta’s free-kick flashed past Jose Reina at the near post, the Toffees secured a deserved point.

Fernando Torres spurned Liverpool’s best chance of the first half when he hit the post when clean through on goal, while the Spaniard saw penalty claims waved away in the second half.

The Reds stay second behind United on goal difference, while Everton consolidate sixth spot.