In a cagey affair, Everton and Liverpool played out their third consecutive 0-0 Goodison Park draw on Sunday evening.
Liverpool dominated possession but rarely tested their hosts, who were seemingly happy to sit in and frustrate Jurgen Klopp’s title chasers.
In fact, it was Everton who came closest to winning the match, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Tom Davies being denied during a sustained period of pressure in the final 10 minutes.
The result means Liverpool are now 22 games unbeaten against Everton, equalling their record against a single opponent (Aston Villa between 1981-1992), but how did the players rate?
Jordan Pickford – 7 – Dealt with the few long-range efforts fired at him easily enough. Was largely untested in what was a cagey derby lacking in quality.
Seamus Coleman – 9 – Was turned once by Sadio Mane in the first half but otherwise kept the dangerous Senegalese winger quiet throughout the match, not many full-backs can say that this season. Gained possession eight times for his team and made four tackles, both the highest amount of any Everton player. A brilliant defensive performance from the captain.
Seamus Coleman made more tackles (4) and gained possession more times (8) than any other Everton player against Liverpool.
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Michael Keane – 5 – Continues to look clumsy both on the ball when trying to play out and in the challenge. Deservedly booked for wiping out Mane in the first half and is Everton’s clear weak link defensively. Luckily for Carlo Ancelotti, Liverpool weren’t able to take advantage on this occasion.
Mason Holgate – 7 – Another solid performance from a player who has improved tenfold since Ancelotti arrived at Everton.
Lucas Digne – 5 – Not overly stretched defensively but was unusually wasteful with his deliveries into the Liverpool box, over-hitting the ball and often clearing it straight out of play. Lost possession 18 times, more than any other outfield player for Everton.
Alex Iwobi – 6 – Was restricted to a largely defensive role, helping Coleman double up on Mane while fending off Milner and Gomez charging forward from left-back. Did his job well enough but will be disappointed at not being able to create more in the final third.
Tom Davies – 6 – Had his work cut out in an outnumbered Everton midfield but got through a huge workload well enough. Came close to handing Everton a long-awaited derby victory but saw his effort deflected onto the post by a brilliant Gomez challenge.
Tom Davies rattles the post for Everton after Allison produces a superb save.
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Andre Gomes – 6 – Spent far too much time out of possession for his liking, given how much class he normally exudes on the ball. Got through plenty of work alongside Davies in the middle, despite Liverpool having the extra man in midfield.
Anthony Gordon – 5 – Was largely a passenger, hardly getting into the game and being quite wasteful when he did. There’s a long way to go in Gordon’s development, but he’ll be disappointed in his first Premier League start.
Richarlison – 7 – Was Everton’s most threatening player, testing the Liverpool defence on a number of occasions early on. Came close with a cross/shot across Alisson’s six-yard box in the opening five minutes, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin just unable to get on the end of it. Blazed an effort over the bar in the second half after racing clear of the Liverpool defence and almost claimed an assist when setting up Calvert-Lewin again in the final 10 minutes.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin – 6 – Contested a monumental 10 aerial duels during the first half, but won just two of them and was hounded out by the Reds’ defence. Came alive a little more after the break, setting Richarlison away behind the Liverpool defence, being denied by Alisson with a back-heel and then heading wide at the far post from a corner when he really should have found the net.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (for Gordon, 60 mins) – 6 – Introduced to provide more cutting edge delivery for the Toffees and almost did just that with a dangerous corner which Calvert-Lewin headed wide.
Bernard (for Iwobi, 88 mins) – 6 – Not given enough time to have an influence on the match.
Moise Kean (for Calvert-Lewin, 93 mins) – N/A – Brought on in the final seconds.
Alisson – 7 – Hardly tested until the final 10 minutes as Liverpool completely dominated possession and Everton sat in to restrict them. When he was finally called upon, Alisson was equal to the challenge.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7 – Was certainly Liverpool’s most active player, with the Reds funnelling the majority of their play down the right flank. Despite a few dangerous crosses, Alexander-Arnold’s delivery wasn’t up to the usual standard, although he was the one player to provide Liverpool with some true width.
Joel Matip – 6 – Should have scored with a free header from an Alexander-Arnold cross during the first half but was flawless defensively.
Virgil van Dijk – 7 – As effortlessly effective as ever defensively and typically graceful with the ball at his feet.
James Milner – 6 – Unlucky to be booked for a challenge on Richarlison where he won the ball. Generally solid before he was forced off shortly before half-time with what appeared to be an injury to his left hamstring.
James Milner is forced off through injury in the first half at Goodison Park.
Joe Gomez comes on in his place. pic.twitter.com/61mo8YMT8L
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Jordan Henderson – 7 – Another lively performance at the heart of the Liverpool midfield for Henderson, who kept the Reds camped in the Everton half with some crisp, accurate passing.
Fabinho – 7 – Added plenty of bite to help Liverpool assert their dominance in the midfield battle and completed an impressive 93.2% of his passes to keep the Reds ticking. Was denied from a late free-kick by Jordan Pickford.
Naby Keita – 8 – Named as Liverpool’s “best player by far” by Jamie Carragher during the first half and rightfully so. Keita was full of energy and tenacity, while he pushed forward well after the break, providing the Reds with a little extra attacking impetus. Gained possession more times (7) than any other Liverpool player before he was withdrawn just after the hour mark. If Keita can gain some fitness, this performance could be a precursor to finding his true form on Merseyside.
Takumi Minamino – 6 – Worked hard to press the Everton defence and midfield out of possession and got himself into a couple of decent attacking positions. While he didn’t exactly get you on the edge of your seat, Minamino can count himself a little unlucky to be substituted at half-time.
Roberto Firmino – 6 – Didn’t get enough service to have a real influence on the game and dragged his best chance wide of the post in the first half. A nice one-two with Keita to create a chance for the midfielder after the break but remained largely ineffective before being replaced by Divock Origi.
Sadio Mane – 6 – Played out the most intriguing individual duel of the night up against Coleman but, on the whole, was kept quiet by the Republic of Ireland international.
Joe Gomez (for Milner, 42 mins) – 7 – Replaced the injured Milner just before half-time and saved the game for Liverpool by flicking Davies’ effort onto the post in the final 10 minutes.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (for Minamino, 45 mins) – 6 – Replaced Minamino at half-time but didn’t inject the life into this Liverpool performance that Klopp perhaps expected him too.
Georginio Wijnaldum (for Keita, 65 mins) – 6 – Neat and tidy when he came on, completing all 10 of his passes.
Divock Origi (for Firmino, 65 mins) – 6 – Was unable to change the game as we have so often seen him do against Everton.
Dejan Lovren (for Matip, 73 mins) – 5 – Became the target of a couple of Everton attacks and struggled in comparison to the man he replaced.