It was Everton’s captain Phil Jagielka who did the job of saving a point for the Tofees at Anfield in the Merseyside derby in the English Premier League, as he struck a last-minute equaliser through a 25-yard bomb, which left Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mingolet utterly beaten.
And Tofees boss Roberto Martinez hailed it as the best goal he has ever seen in the flesh.
“I don’t think I have seen a better strike in live football,” said Martinez.
“You think it has to be an incredible strike to put it in the top corner and it was.”
“The way he adjusted his body was quite impressive. Nearly with the outside of his foot, the outside of his laces. It helps it is at Anfield, in the last minute and for my team.”
On the subject of Jagielka’s response to recent criticism dating back to a torrid World Cup with England, Martinez said: “When you look at some of the reports of his England performances, he didn’t play in the two games recently and because of our defensive record this season, there was talk of a World Cup hangover, that was unfair.”
“Today I was so, so proud. He cares for this club like no one else. It was an example of his belief in himself and the responsibility he has.”