Everton 0-0 Liverpool: Reds edge closer to title with draw in derby

Everton came close to securing their first Merseyside derby victory in more than a decade – but had to settle for a point against Premier League champions-elect Liverpool at Goodison Park.

Liverpool, who now need five points to be sure of top spot, can still clinch their first title in 30 years against Crystal Palace at Anfield on Wednesday – but only if Manchester City fail to beat Burnley at Etihad Stadium on Monday.

The Reds dominated possession against a very well-organised Everton, but it took a superb late save from Alisson to keep out Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s flick before Tom Davies struck the rebound against the post.

Alisson then saved well from Brazilian compatriot Richarlison as a largely tame game, with the surreal atmosphere of a derby played behind closed doors, sprang to life.

Everton keeper Jordan Pickford saved well from Fabinho’s free-kick in the closing moments but it was a game that highlighted two understandably rusty sides – although Liverpool’s coronation will come soon.

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Liverpool would have hoped to set up a potential title win at Anfield on Wednesday with victory here at Goodison Park – but after 106 days out of action, it was perhaps understandable that a side that have overpowered so many were short of their best.

Forward Mohamed Salah was only fit enough for the bench while left-back Andy Robertson was injured. Both were missed as Liverpool saw plenty of the ball but struggled to seriously test Pickford.

Naby Keita looked energetic until he came off but boss Jurgen Klopp now has further concerns over James Milner, who sustained a hamstring injury, and Joel Matip who also limped off – although Joe Gomez is an ideal replacement there.

Liverpool’s star of the show was keeper Alisson, who was in superb form when called upon in those crucial late moments.

This point – and Liverpool certainly did not deserve more – means the celebratory champagne may be on ice a little longer but it is only a matter of time, even days, before they are back at the peak of the domestic game by clinching that long-awaited title.

Ancelotti can be pleased with Everton

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Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti’s predecessor Marco Silva was sacked after a 5-2 derby capitulation at Anfield in December – and the difference the decorated Italian has made since was in evidence here.

Ancelotti had already made a good start to his Goodison career before the season was halted, but he has now had more of a chance to impart his methods and can be well pleased with what he saw here. In fact, he may feel disappointed his side did not win.

Everton conceded possession for long periods but were superbly organised defensively, and Alisson was much the busier goalkeeper.

Captain Seamus Coleman was simply outstanding for Everton, while the budding leadership qualities of young defender Mason Holgate could be heard as his instructions echoed around Goodison Park.

Ancelotti also has two dangerous forwards in Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison while talented teenager Anthony Gordon, who struggled to make an impact, will be better for the experience.

Ancelotti will know he needs more strength and physical presence in central midfield but this is a different Everton side to the one that capitulated so miserably in December, before also losing to a youthful Liverpool side in the FA Cup third round under the new manager.

Everton will be better when Ancelotti has more of his own signings in the team, but the signs are still promising.

Man of the match – Seamus Coleman (Everton)

An expected result? The stats

  • Seven of the last eight Premier League Merseyside derbies at Goodison Park have ended level. Indeed, Everton-Liverpool has finished goalless on more occasions than any other Premier League fixture (11, includes Anfield meetings).
  • Liverpool have gone 22 games without defeat against Everton in all competitions, since a 0-2 loss at Goodison in October 2010 (W11 D11) – the Reds’ joint-longest unbeaten run against a single opponent in their history (also a run of 22 games without defeat against Aston Villa from 1981-92).
  • Everton remain winless in their last 22 matches against Liverpool in all competitions (D11 L11) – only against Chelsea (24 games from 2001-09) have the Toffees gone longer without a victory against a single opponent.
  • Everton are the only Premier League side to remain unbeaten at home in 2020 in all competitions (P5 W2 D3).
  • Liverpool have failed to win two of their last three Premier League games (W1 D1 L1) – as many as in their previous 38 (W36 D2).
  • Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has managed more games against Everton in all competitions without defeat than against any other opponent in his managerial career (P11 W7 D4).
  • The average age of Everton’s starting XI here was 24 years 356 days – the Toffees’ youngest starting line-up for a league match against Liverpool since February 1986 (24 years 250 days), when they won 2-0 at Anfield.
  • Liverpool’s James Milner made his 535th Premier League appearance in this game, the joint-fifth highest total in the competition’s history, alongside Gary Speed.

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What next?

Everton travel to Norwich on Wednesday, 24 June (18:00 BST) while Liverpool will hope to cement the Premier League title (if Manchester City fail to win on Monday) when they host Crystal Palace on the same night (20:15).

More to follow.

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Match Stats

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Match ends, Everton 0, Liverpool 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Everton 0, Liverpool 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Moise Kean replaces Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Jordan Pickford.

Attempt saved. Fabinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Richarlison (Everton).

Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton).

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Bernard replaces Alex Iwobi.

Attempt blocked. Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold with a cross.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Lucas Digne.

Booking

Divock Origi (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Divock Origi (Liverpool).

Séamus Coleman (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Divock Origi (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Séamus Coleman (Everton).

Attempt saved. Richarlison (Everton) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lucas Digne.

Foul by Fabinho (Liverpool).

André Gomes (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Mason Holgate following a corner.

Attempt missed. Mason Holgate (Everton) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

Attempt blocked. Tom Davies (Everton) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Richarlison.

Offside, Everton. Gylfi Sigurdsson tries a through ball, but Dominic Calvert-Lewin is caught offside.

Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton).

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Dejan Lovren replaces Joel Matip because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Divock Origi replaces Roberto Firmino.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Georginio Wijnaldum replaces Naby Keita.

Joel Matip (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton).

Foul by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool).

Lucas Digne (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by André Gomes.

Attempt blocked. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Lucas Digne (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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