By Connor Varnish – @cvarn4
The Premier League match at Goodison Park ended goalless on a frustrating day for the Liverpool as they couldn’t find their way through an organised Everton side.
Jurgen Klopp’s men created enough chances to make a difference in the 233rd Merseyside Derby, but seemed to forget their shooting boots in a game where they had enough opportunities to win.
The first half was largely frenetic as neither side really took control of the game – Liverpool had the better chances in the half but failed to capitalize on them.
Mohamed Salah found himself with the best chance in the first 45. The Egyptian sprung clean through on goal but couldn’t quite get his final touch right as he shifted the ball slightly too far away from Pickford’s net and allowed England’s No.1 to push it clear.
The second half proved to be more of the same. Chances not taken was the theme of the night for the Reds unfortunately – Liverpool had ample opportunities to break away from the Blues but couldn’t quite seem to find the finishing touch.
Perhaps Liverpool’s best chance came from a short corner that eventually found Virgil at the back post who headed back toward the box into Fabinho’s feet. The midfielder looked as though he just needed to put it on net and the deadlock would’ve been broken, but the Brazilian couldn’t seem to sort his feet out at the last second.
The substitutions of Milner, Firmino, and Lallana seemed to have little to no impact on the game as none of the three proved to stamp their authority on the match, while bewildered fans were left wondering why the more creative players like Keita and Shaqiri weren’t called upon instead.
Liverpool will certainly be disappointed with this result as they remain in second place after 29 games – the Reds will be looking for a response against Burnley next Sunday at Anfield as they look to get back to winning ways.