In a new piece of news, Liverpool and Everton were forced to settle for part of the spoils as the usually fiery Merseyside derby ended goalless as the Toffees came close to scoring in the first half when Tom Davies scored a goal.
Frank Lampard’s side also thought they had scored late in second place only for a VAR check to cancel a Connor Cody strike to offside.
It was not a one-sided match, with both Darwin Nez and Luis Diaz working fast for the Reds in the opening 45 minutes, followed by Mohamed Salah in the fifth minute as Liverpool came very close to victory. It could feel that she was entitled to her point, even if it was the result and would not be welcome.
The draw added to a poor start to the season in which they have already lost significant ground over the opening leaders and Everton were left to consider a fourth consecutive league draw that would have left them at the bottom of the Premier League table.
Liverpool’s failure to take all three points would eventually color perceptions of their performance at Goodison Park, but the 0–0 draw should not hide the fact that it was one of their better performances that the woodworking Reds had. It’s been a mixed start. The latter figure ensured that Jordan Pickford finished the game as Everton’s undoubted man of the match.
The hosts were limited to only three attempts on goal, arguing that Connor Cody’s offside goal was simply a matter of his defensive line doing its job. Jurgen Klopp is looking forward to taking all these positives and using them for the games to come.
That doesn’t take away from the fact that Liverpool have now dropped points in four of their first six games of the new season. Wins over Bournemouth and Newcastle United suggested Klopp’s side had turned a corner, but here’s another draw. It’s hard to imagine a title challenge coming from Anfield this season, thanks to the immediate impact of Erling Haaland back down to earth with Manchester City’s untouchable looks.
Perhaps the Reds will have to regroup their goal to finish in the all-important Champions League places coming in May. He could have won the game with his chance to hit the post in the last minute of time. This was another curious display of Mohamed Salah.
The Egyptians were particularly poor. He’s been spending too much time making his shoes at the touchline at the start of this season. If it features a new tactical setup dreamed up by Klopp, it will be his biggest attacking threat.
The record scorer of goals in a 38-game Premier League season is barely getting close to the center of the box and it is certainly an issue that needs to be tackled quickly. The point is, whatever was boring but those roundframes will have to be hammered out today.
Mo Salah drives a ball to the back post and hits it towards goal but Pickford grabs it by the hand and it straightens It’s hard to say that the England goalkeeper’s touch was impressive there but he got there.