Merseyside derby ends in stalemate

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Pre-match mosaic thanking Everton for their support with Hillsborough.

Liverpool 0-0 Everton
Premier League, Sunday 5th May 2013

The 220th Merseyside derby ended in a goalless draw as neither team showed enough quality to win the match.

The closest we got to a goal was when Everton had a Sylvain Distin header disallowed in the second half. Referee Michael Oliver saw an infringement and blew before the ball was headed in at the back post from a corner, but replays showed any contact was minimal.

They say these decisions even out over a season, with Liverpool having had a Luis Suarez goal wrongly disallowed in the corresponding fixture at Goodison Park.

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For a Merseyside derby, this was a dull affair, lacking in clear-cut chances.

Liverpool’s best chances fell to striker Daniel Sturridge but he failed to show a clinical touch, while Everton twice blocked good chances in the first half.

Steven Gerrard was probably Liverpool’s best player, starting the match like a man on a mission and spraying some very Xabi Alonso-esque passes to stretch the game.

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Agger, Carragher, Enrique, Lucas, Gerrard, Henderson (Borini 66), Coutinho, Downing (Skrtel 79), Sturridge.
Subs not used: Jones, Shelvey, Assaidi, Coates, Suso.

Everton: Howard; Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Gibson, Osman, Mirallas (Jelavic 75), Fellaini, Pienaar, Anichebe.
Subs: Mucha, Hibbert, Oviedo, Naismith, Duffy.

Referee: Michael Oliver
Attendance: 44,991

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