Liverpool lost points for the third time this Premier League season on Sunday, in their first game since the league was halted in March. The leader was no further than 0-0 in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park Stadium. Three points earlier was managed by Chelsea to score in the day.
After thirty games, Liverpool has a 23-point lead over number two Manchester City, which has played a game less. Manager Jürgen Klopp’s team may find it easy to grab the first title since 1990 at home against Crystal Palace on Wednesday. With eight games remaining of the season which has resumed after the novel coronavirus stoppage, Liverpool need five more points to be sure of their first title of the Premier League era, unless Manchester City lose at home to Burnley on Monday.
Liverpool, who left Mohamed Salah on the bench, lacked their usual potency in attack with their best opening coming in the 35th minute when Roberto Firmino screwed a shot wide from a promising position while Fabinho went close late on with a curling free-kick.
Even after the break, Liverpool played the better but they could not score. With 10 minutes remaining Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s clever flick from a low Gylfi Sigurdsson cross was pushed out by Liverpool keeper Alisson and Tom Davies’ follow-up shot hit the post.
There were not many chances in a tight and ultimately disappointing game at Goodison Park but it was Everton, without a win over their local rivals since 2010, who came closest to takihng the points.
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti: “The performance was good, we did well defensively. We didn’t concede opportunities, we were focused. We had a big chance to win but against a strong team we showed good character and personality. It’s what we planned and wanted from the game”.
“We didn’t concede a lot of space to Van Dijk to play from the back. We were focused on Fabinho and defensively, the back four were really good – strong in the tackle. I’m really pleased”.
“It wasn’t easy for the strikers but they worked hard, they fought and we had two or three opportunities to score. We were a bit unlucky but it was a good performance and physically, after a long break, it was good. Considering the fact there was no crowd, the intensity was really good in my opinion”. Everton’s Dominic Calvert- Lewin said.
Jürgen Klopp said Liverpool did not create enough chances to win the Merseyside derby, after a goalless stalemate at Goodison Park postponed his side’s title coronation for a few days more.
“We gained a point and it was one we deserved, but Everton had the biggest chance to win near the end,” the Liverpool manager said. “I was pleased with the performance after so long out, physically we were ready and defensively we were solid, but offensively we needed more moments if we were going to win the match.