HARRY KEWELL made an impressive return from injury to help Liverpool reserves to a comfortable 3-1 victory against Everton in the mini-derby at the Racecourse Ground last night.
Liverpool settled quickest, and Lindfield squandered a good chance after nine minutes when he failed to direct his header after a good cross by Darby. El Zhar was denied by a fine save from Ruddy shortly after, but a minute later Anderson capitalised on hesitation in the Everton midfield to run through and open the scoring with a cool finish.
Spencer almost hit back immediately after en error by Insua, but he couldn't keep his shot down. He paid the price for his wayward finish less than a minute later when Lindfield released El Zhar, and although the Morroccan was beaten to the ball by Dennehy he appeared to deflect the defender's clearance past Ruddy into the top corner.
Lindfield, Anderson and El Zhar both went close to increasing a rampant Liverpool's lead, and the half-time whistle couldn't come quickly enough for Everton, who made two changes at the break. Liverpool waited 10 minutes to make their first change, and it would pay almost immediate dividends when Kewell skipped past two defenders and cut the back for Lindfield to sidefoot in from close range.
Agard pulled a goal back for Everton with 10 minutes remaining, blasting a shot past Roberts as the Liverpool defence appealed in vain for offside.