But it wasn't for the player whose last-gasp goal earned a point from this derby thriller - it was for young defender Jon Flanagan instead.

In fact what Sturridge received loud and clear from manager Brendan Rodgers wasas far removed from acclaim as possible.

Rodgers wants his England striker to pull his finger out - especially in training.

Sturridge hasn't been on the practice pitch much lately, mainly due to injury.

He played 90 minutes of international football against Germany in midweek, butwas deemed not fit enough to start at Goodison Park, amid claims of a dead leg.

Rodgers decided to bring him on with just 10 minutes remaining.

And he has warned Sturridge to shape up or get used to spending more timewarming the bench.

Rodgers said: "I have seen it before. There is a trend. There are maybe some games when he hasn't played well and that has happened on the back of not training.

"I have got to make a call. Do I put him in again? I know the games in which he has been very good.

"The games he has disappointed in have come when he hasn't trained. That was the call I made for the derby.