Liverpool’s Daniel Sturrdige talks to Mario Balotelli after he took the ball from Jordan Henderson before scoring the penalty for Liverpool’s 1-0 victory during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 match against Besiktas at Anfield. Photograph: EPA

Liverpool 1 Besiktas 0 The rehabilitation of Mario Balotelli continues apace at Liverpool. Last week it was a late winner against Tottenham Hotspur (...)

Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard leaves the Goodison Park pitch for what is almost certainly the last time after the 0-0 draw with Everton. Photograph:  Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Everton 0 Liverpool 0Even the occasion of his final Premier League Merseyside derby could not inspire Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard to more heroics(...)

Daniel Sturridge is expected to return to the Liverpool team for the first time since August for their Premier League meeting with West Ham at Anfield. Photograph:   Alex Livesey/Getty Images

SATURDAY Hull (18) v Newcastle (11), 12.45pm - Live BT Sports 1 Hull should welcome back strikers Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez. The duo (...)

Everton’s Irish defender Séamus Coleman (right)  and West Bromwich Albion’s   striker Saido Berahino (left) battle for the ball  at Goodison Park. Photograph: Paul Ellis /  AFP/Getty Images

Everton 0 West Bromwich Albion 0 The Evertonians celebrated once on a cold, bleak night at Goodison Park and that was when asked by Sylvester S(...)

Everton manager  Roberto Martinez gesticulates on the sidelines during the Premier League game against  Hull City  at KC Stadium. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Premier League round-up: Goals from Ahmed Elmohamady and Nikica Jelavic ensured Everton’s festive flop continued with a fourth straight defeat at stru(...)

 Steven Naismith of Everton celebrates scoring their third goal against  Queens Park Rangers at Goodison Park. Photograph:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Everton 3 QPR 1Everton turned their final home game before Christmas into a yuletide celebration with a Salvation Army brass band playing carols at ha(...)

 Everton’s Seamus Coleman (left) in action against  VfL Wolfsburg’s Kevin De Bruyne may not play this Thursday. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

Everton manager Roberto Martinezare will assess whether Republic of Ireland international Séamus Coleman, Sylvain Distin and Steven Pienaar will be(...)

 Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge could return from a thigh injury to play some part in the Merseyside derby on Saturday. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

SATURDAY Arsenal (4) v Tottenham (9) Arsenal expect to have midfielder Mathieu Flamini back from a dead leg. Defenders Kieran Gibbs and Per Merte(...)

Fraizer Campbell of Crystal Palace celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the  Premier League match against  Everton at Goodison Park. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Everton 2 Crystal Palace 3Crystal Palace and Europe do not combine well for Everton. Five months on from a 3-2 win that edged Tony Pulis’s team toward(...)

Seamus Coleman scores Everton’s second goal during the  Europa League Group H match against VFL Wolfsburg. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images.

Everton 4 Wolfsburg 1 Everton made a successful return to European football with a 4-1 victory over Wolfsburg at Goodison Park last night.Manager Ro(...)