Full Time: Everton 0-0 Liverpool
The Merseyside derby on Saturday turned out to be an uneventful goalless draw, as Everton failed to capitalise on their chances against a weakened Liverpool side.
With a Champions League quarter-final second leg tie at Manchester City coming up and injuries piling up lately, Jurgen Klopp decided to field a relatively weakened side at Everton.
Dominic Solanke and Danny Ings started for the Reds and looked lively but caused very little trouble to the Everton defenders. Despite dominating possession for much of the game, Liverpool failed to create clear-cut opportunities.
Everton, on the other hand, burst into life late in the game and in spite of a late rally; they failed to end their seven-and-a-half-year wait for a Merseyside derby win.
Liverpool Player Ratings
Loris Karius – 6/10
Karius produced a wonderful save to deny Yannick Bolasie in the first-half. Barring that, he had very little to do and was solid.
Nathaniel Clyne – 6/10
He started for the first time this season and that was clearly evident as he looked rusty. However, he settled down in the second-half.
Virgil Van Dijk – 8/10
Van Dijk was a dominant force in the Liverpool backline and kept Cenk Tosun at bay. He was arguably our best player.
Dejan Lovren – 6/10
Lovren was sloppy in possession on a number of occasions. He was lucky to escape a booking in the first half.
Ragnar Klavan – 7/10
Klavan started at left-back and it appeared as if he was going to have a long afternoon against Theo Walcott. However, to everyone’s surprise, the Estonian performed admirably well at left-back.
Georginio Wijnaldum – 6/10
Wijnaldum started as Liverpool’s deepest midfielder and dictated the play well with his passing and crossing.
James Milner – 7/10
Milner was immense in the middle of the park for the Reds. The veteran used his experience to good effect, was diligent as always and tested Jordan Pickford. A lively show from the versatile player.
Jordan Henderson – 6/10
Henderson started in an advanced role and impacted the game very well. Whenever he received the ball, he always looked to drive his team forward. A positive display.
Sadio Mane – 7/10
Mane was always a threat to the Everton defence with his pace and trickery. He did well before being substituted.
Dominic Solanke – 6/10
Solanke showed his inexperience on a number of occasions and should have done better when he struck a loose ball at Pickford.
Danny Ings – 6/10
Ings worked tirelessly all afternoon. The forward kept the Everton defenders on their toes with his direct running. Klopp will definitely be pleased with Ings’ performance.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 5/10
Chamberlain was industrious. Tried hard to create things but to no avail.
Roberto Firmino – 5/10
He came on in the 75th minute but failed to impact the game.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – N/A
Came on in the 89th minute to replace Danny Ings.
(Video) Watch Alisson and Roberto Firmino provide hilarious responses in latest “Bezzies”
We had seen a similar video of Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk a few weeks ago, and this one was just as brilliant between the Brazilians.
It started with Alisson answering about what Firmino would take along with him to an island, and the answer wasn’t really that surprising.
The forward answered his wife, which our keeper also guessed correctly. For Alisson’s options, the correct answer was barbecue, which Firmino got right too.
The pair were also asked what is their best body feature and which club they made their debuts for.
There were some great questions in between and Firmino confirmed that his favourite Brazilian player was Ronaldinho and not Ronaldo, while for Alisson it was goalkeeper Taffarel.
Our goalkeeper even predicted that Firmino would be a better keeper than his attacking partners Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
The pair seem to be in great form and in spirits ahead of our crucial tie against Manchester United on Sunday.
Hopefully, we pull off a win and stay atop the Premier League table as the games keep coming thick and fast.
Liverpool interested in signing £70m-rated Bundesliga powerhouse
The 19-year-old has been on fire for the Bundesliga giants this season and has seven goals and five assists in all competitions.
The German also has a couple of international caps to his name and plays mostly as an attacking midfielder.
The report claims that Manchester City, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona are all “actively” tracking the rising star.
Havertz is rated at £70m (h/t Mirror), and he is the next big thing coming out from the Bundesliga. The 19-year-old was phenomenal last season with three goals and eight assists in the Bundesliga and seems set to break that his record in this campaign.
Liverpool have dipped into the German market several times under Jurgen Klopp, and if anyone would have the inside scoop on the 19-year-old, it has to be our manager due to his spell in the Bundesliga.
The Reds could do with an attacking midfielder in the team as we don’t have someone who can do this role. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would be the ideal player for the position but it is unlikely we will see him play any minutes this season due to his injury.
We lead the Premier League and made it into the knockout rounds of the Champions League, and with the right signings, there could be some silverware at Anfield this season.
“It is going to be difficult” – Liverpool star believes Manchester United will be tough opposition
Liverpool play Manchester United in the biggest fixture of the weekend, and the Reds have a sizeable lead over their rivals in the Premier League.
We are 16 points ahead of the Red Devils after just 16 games, and another win will keep us at the top of the table ahead of Manchester City.
Jurgen Klopp has never defeated the Red Devils during his Premier League career, and Georginio Wijnaldum spoke about the tie.
The Dutch midfielder believed we would put up a quality performance, claiming United are a good team while having a bit of a dig claiming they go out not to lose games (h/t Mirror):
“It’s a nice game. We’ll try to put in the same performance that we did against Napoli.
“Things can happen, everyone can have a bad season, it does not mean they [United] are not a good team with good players. Last season, with the same players, they finished second.
“They have good players, a good manager, and they know how to manage games and win games – or not to lose games! It is going to be difficult.”
Jose Mourinho always seems to have a plan when playing against Liverpool, whether it was his Chelsea days or his United days.
We long for a win over the Red Devils, and with our team in great spirits, a win at Anfield could be on the books.
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