Salah-less Liverpool share spoils with Everton in Merseyside derby


Premier League top scorer Mohamed Salah did not feature for Liverpool after going off with an injury in the Champions League quarter-final clash against Manchester City on Wednesday.

But it wasn't all negative for the Reds, with several stars producing strong displays across the pitch.

In addition, Nathaniel Clyne began a match for the first time in 11 months after recovering from a serious back problem, while central defender Ragnar Klavan was pressed into service at left-back, having played just 11 minutes since New Year's Day. So were Roberto Firmino until the 74th minute and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain until the 68th. They continued to dominate the passing but made little in roads towards taking the lead, and Everton began to grow into the game - particularly after changes were made.

Following a blustery start, they allowed the visitors to control proceedings by conceding possession and they were nearly made to pay for it early on when Dominic Solanke saw his close range shot expertly saved by Blues 'keeper Jordan Pickford after Seamus Coleman's fluffed clearance ended up at the feet of the youngster.

Liverpool extended their unbeaten run in Merseyside derbies to 17 games after a 0-0 drab draw away to Everton.

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Solanke lacked the kind of sharpness that Salah and Firmino have made second nature. Then they had a moment, the crowd was there and [they thought] 'let's do it.' Our own mistake and then you saw the quality of Everton.

Liverpool keeper Loris Karius also had to be at his best to deal with a curling shot from the otherwise ineffectual Yannick Bolasie although Everton seldom showed the forward momentum to threaten his goal.

Liverpool: Karius, Clyne, van Dijk, Lovren, Klavan, Henderson (c), Wijnaldum, Milner, Mane, Ings and Solanke.

Jurgen Klopp has said Liverpool's performance in Saturday's 0-0 draw at Everton was perhaps the "most mature" of his tenure at Anfield. Coleman gallops forward again and fires in a cross, it falls to Calvert-Lewin who has plenty of time but sidefoots his effort off target.