Everton 0-0 Liverpool: Five Things We Learned

  • Everton 0-0 Liverpool: Five Things We Learned

Everton 0-0 Liverpool: Five Things We Learned

It was a derby in which Everton played mostly on the backfoot as Liverpool controlled possession and the tempo of the game.

Liverpool are unbeaten in 17 games in all competitions against Everton (W8 D9) - their longest ever run without defeat against their Merseyside neighbours.

Liverpool were without a whole host of first-team stars as Jurgen Klopp began preparations for Everton - with both Emre Can and Ragnar Klavan still unsighted. The fact that he made five changes to his starting XI showed where his priorities were.

Sadio Mane should then have done a lot better from 18 yards right on half time but blazed high and wide.

Dominic Solanke, on his first start since New Year's Day, should have scored his first Liverpool goal when Seamus Coleman diverted a cross from Nathaniel Clyne, making his first appearance of the season, into his path but he shot straight at Jordan Pickford.

Roberto Firmino and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both appeared as late substitutes in an attempt to find a victor, but third-placed Liverpool had to settle for a point.

Liverpool's Loris Karius produced a spectacular save to keep out a curling effort by Yannick Bolasie.

He was given with his first start of the season against Everton and he played full 90 minutes for the Reds.

The home side might even have won the match at the end, as January signing Cenk Tosun nodded Theo Walcott's cross towards the far post, where Coleman just failed to turn the ball in.

Calvert-Lewin then steered over with only Karius to beat. "I don't listen to what is on the outside", he told Sky Sports.

Liverpool earned a comfortable point away at Everton in one of the least anticipated Merseyside derbies for years.

Everton managed as many shots in the first half as they did in the entire reverse fixture at Anfield, but on balance the Blues were probably counting their blessings to go in level at the break.

Liverpool fans were not celebrating either, but at least they are likely to get another chance to do so come Tuesday.