Everton 0-0 Liverpool
Premier League (30), Goodison Park
June 21, 2020
Fabinho looked to be off the pace early on, and it was the Brazilian’s header that allowed Richarlison through for the first chance of the game, his effort skidding wide of the post via Alisson‘s palm.
It wasn’t until after the first drinks break that the Reds enjoyed an opportunity of real note, and it came through Joel Matip who, on an evening when he surprisingly started ahead of Joe Gomez, missed the target with a free header.
Some relentless pressing from Minamino led to a bright opening soon after, but after Sadio Mane played Roberto Firmino through, the No. 9 ignored the onrushing Keita and dragged his left-footed shot disappointingly wide.
HT: Everton 0-0 Liverpool
- Milner and Matip pick up injuries in first game for over three months
- Everton enjoy best of the chances as Calvert-Lewin and Davies go close
- Liverpool draw for only second time in the Premier League this season
- Unless Burnley win or draw at Man City on Monday, title cannot be won until July
The manager made another at half-time, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain thrust into the game at the expense of Minamino—disappointing, given the Japan international’s productive 45 minutes, but understandable due to his similarity to Roberto Firmino.
Liverpool picked up the pace soon after, with Gomez’s support down the left flank proving vital and the interplay between Keita and Firmino a constant threat, the Guinean volleying wide after a smart move early on.
Another injury forced Matip off, with the demands of top-level football after such a long spell out taking their toll, in a way vindicating Klopp’s decision to save Andy Robertson and Mohamed Salah for the visit of Crystal Palace in midweek.
The Reds were almost undone as Dominic Calvert-Lewin flicked Richarlison’s cross on target, only for Alisson to make a brilliant save and Tom Davies to blast the follow-up against the post in a real let-off.
It was the flashpoint in a decidedly drab Merseyside derby, but as the final whistle blew for 0-0, at least it provided another point on the road to the title.
TIA Man of the Match: Naby Keita
Referee: Mike Dean
Everton: Pickford; Coleman, Holgate, Keane, Digne; Gordon (Sigurdsson 60′), Gomes, Davies, Iwobi (Bernard 88′); Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin (Kean 90+3′)
Subs not used: Virginia, Stekelenburg, Braithwaite, Baines, Martina, Baningime
Subs not used: Adrian, Williams, Elliott, Salah