EPL: Liverpool pick point at Everton

Michele Moreno
April 9, 2018

There was no lack of effort but the personnel and playing conditions meant that Liverpool's vaunted attack was unable to find the appropriate rhythm or synchronization required to get the result against an Everton side that offered very little more than graft at Goodison.

Pickford had less trouble keeping out Virgil Van Dijk's 35-yard free kick not long after.

Liverpool enjoyed the lions share of possession and this continued into the second half when a period of pressure saw the home crowd grow increasing frustrated.

"In those times we have to control the game, but we didn't".

When the first Everton sub did arrive on the hour it did not go down well, as Wayne Rooney made his frustration known to boss Sam Allardyce and quickly made his way down the tunnel, before later returning to the subs' bench.

Ings was starting a league match for the first time since Klopp took charge two-and-a-half years ago, having fought back from two cruciate knee ligament injuries, while Solanke was making only his fourth league start for the club. Everton look short of confidence pushing forward against a defence that barely broke sweat all afternoon.

Klopp has the likes of Roberto Firmino and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in reserve should they be required, while youngsters Curtis Jones and Conor Masterson are also named in the squad.

The match headed to the half-time break with no goals.

But the goal would not come and both sides had to settle for a draw.

But while his form started well directly after his switch, it has dipped drastically since, and when the 32-year-old was substituted against Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Saturday in the Premier League, he reacted by directing an expletive at the manager for his decision.

Five of the last six Premier League meetings between these sides at Goodison Park have ended level.

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The Reds had the best of the chances throughout the game, though they were on strict defensive duties in the final ten minutes of the game as Everton tried to force a victory.

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