Liverpool, Everton draw blank in derby

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With a Champions League quarter-final second leg, in which they lead 3-0, against Manchester City on Tuesday the visitors could be forgiven for being preoccupied and manager Jurgen Klopp's team selection reflected the importance of that game rather than this. Both his best player, Milner, and most risky player, Sadio Mané, were withdrawn and Liverpool's control over the derby disappeared with them. Most importantly there were no major injuries.

Both Jordan Pickford and Loris Karius produced brilliant saves to keep the scores level in the first half, with Dominic Solanke, James Milner and Yannick Bolasie all denied.

Subs: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (for Milner, 68) 6, Roberto Firmino (for Mane, 74) 5, Trent Alexander-Arnold (for Ings, 89) 5. An invitation was extended to Everton and they so almost took it.

When the teamsheets came out on Saturday, Liverpool fans could have been forgiven at being anxious over one name in particular. Everton lie ninth with 41 points.

"Our two centre-halves were very good".

Lack of quality depth worrying sign for LiverpoolSolanke (L) had a poor outing on Saturday!

At the other end, Ragnar Klavan miscued an Everton free kick wide of his own goal and then the home side wanted a penalty when Tosun went down under a challenge from Van Dijk, but their half-hearted appeals were waved away.

There perhaps weren't many who will have made too grand an impression following a tense 0-0 stalemate, especially with Solanke and Ings failing to make the most of their rare chances in Liverpool's starting XI.

It's easy to criticise players who have not been playing regular football this season but Solanke, in particular, was guilty of missing a few gilt-edged chances.

"It's not our first-choice result", Klopp admitted.

Liverpool were without Mohamed Salah for the derby, after he limped off against Manchester City early in the second half. No goals in 32 appearances between them, albeit most off the bench, does not scream options when the likes of Salah and Firmino are elsewhere. This was the first Merseyside derby since 1992 to end without a card of any description.

Pickford looks increasingly likely to be England's goalkeeper at the World Cup later this year, having grown in confidence as the season has gone on.

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