Liverpool draw a blank at Goodison in dour derby

Kristopher Nichols
April 9, 2018

However, the Blues, who were denied an opener by a wonderful save from Loris Karius to foil a Yannick Bolasie curler in the opening half, carved out a succession of risky moments in the final stages.

Everton's last top-flight victory in the Merseyside derby was a 2-0 triumph in October 2010.

Neither Mo Salah nor Roberto Firmino featured in a Liverpool starting line-up that included five changes from the one that faced Manchester City in midweek but Juergen Klopp's side still had the better of the game with Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford pulling off impressive first-half saves from Solanke, Milner and Van Dyke. So, a point, one point more, all OK.

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With Thursday's session serving as a recovery to those who started in the 3-0 win over Manchester City, it gave an opportunity for the likes of Danny Ings, Dominic Solanke, Nathaniel Clyne and Alberto Moreno to impress at Melwood.

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The result helped them to consolidate their hold on third place in the English Premier League on Saturday. Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius also had to be at his best.

Patience was key for the visitors and had Solanke done better on the rare occasions the Everton defence was unlocked they would have gone into the break ahead. Walcott slipped while in space as the ball was coming to him in the area, Coleman came inches away from Tosun's header across the face of goal and Calvert-Lewin put wide a chance that really should have hit the back of the net.

Loris Karius dismisses speculation suggesting that he is "on trial" at Liverpool and stresses that he does not "listen to what is on the outside".

Tottenham would have displaced Liverpool if they had defeated Stoke with five goals or more.

Actually, I have to be happy and take the result - no problem with that. At times, the match looked more like a training session for the Reds.

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