Liverpool’s colossal 3-0 midweek win over mighty Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-final first leg tie have put them in an advantageous position before Tuesday night’s return leg fixture, but the injury absence of a number of crucial first-team regulars forced Jurgen Klopp to field a compromised starting XI in today’s Merseyside derby.
The depleted Reds are favorites to finish in ‘top four’ but needed to grab at least a point from the Goodison fixture to strengthen their stance in securing a Champions League berth. The game, however, turned out to be a barren outing and Liverpool came out unscathed with one crucial point on the road.
Jurgen Klopp, the Reds boss, was forced to field a much-altered starting lineup due to injuries, yet the hosts failed to take advantage of it and sat deep in the first-half of the renowned derby. Dominic Solanke saw his effort saved by Jordan Pickford, the Toffees keeper, who later did well to keep out James Milner’s goal-bound effort as well. But Loris Karius, on the other end, pulled off a majestic save to deny Yannick Bolasie’s right-footed curler which was going straight into the back of the net. The first-half, therefore, ended scoreless at Goodison Park.
Liverpool kept on pressing after the break but lack of creativity upfront failed to test Pickford between the sticks. Everton had a few massive opportunities later on as they dominated the game in closing minutes, but failed to covert those due to lack of composure. The game ended scorelessly and Liverpool will now visit Etihad to keep hold of a three-goal lead in the Champions League quarterfinal.
Everton vs Liverpool Lineups:
Everton: Jordan Pickford, Seamus Coleman, Michael Keane, Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines, Tom Davies (Beni Baningime 79′), Morgan Schneiderlin, Wayne Rooney (Idrissa Gana Gueye 57′), Theo Walcott, Yannick Bolasie (Dominic Calvert-Lewin 61′), Cenk Tosun.
Liverpool: Loris Karius, Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, Virgil Van Dijk, Ragnar Klavan, James Milner (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 68′), Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Dominic Solanke, Sadio Mane (Roberto Firmino 74′), Danny Ings (Trent Alexander-Arnold 89′).
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