Everton vs Liverpool
GOODISON PARK, LIVERPOOL
— Liverpool and Everton were forced to settle for a share of the spoils after atypically fiery Merseyside derby ended goalless.The Toffees cameagonisingly close to opening the scoring in the first half when Tom Davies hitthe upright.Frank Lampard's sidealso thought they had scored late in the second only for a VAR check to ruleout a Conor Coady strike for offside.But this was noone-sided contest, with Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz both striking the woodworkin quick succession for the Reds in the opening 45 minutes.Mohamed Salah then didthe same in the fifth minute of time added on as Liverpool came agonisinglyclose to winning it.As such, both teamscould feel they deserved their point, even if it is a result neither wouldwelcome.For Liverpool, a drawextended a patchy start to the season in which they have already lostsignificant ground on the early leaders.And Everton were left toconsider a fourth consecutive league draw that leaves them in the lower reachesof the Premier League table.Liverpool performance better than the resultIt is likely thatLiverpool's failure to pick up all three points will ultimately colourperceptions of their performance at Goodison Park, but a 0-0 should not maskthe fact that this was one of their better showings in what has been a mixedstart to the season.The Reds hit thewoodwork three times and had eight shots on target, the latter statisticensuring Jordan Pickford ended the game as Everton's undoubted man of the match.They also restricted thehosts to just three attempts on target and would argue that Conor Coady'soffside goal was simply a case of their defensive line doing its job.Jurgen Klopp will bekeen to take all these positives and use them for the games to come.Is Liverpool's title challenge already over?Of course, there is nogetting away from the fact that Liverpool have now dropped points in four oftheir first six games of the new season.Wins over Bournemouthand Newcastle United suggested Klopp's side had turned a corner, but anotherdraw here will bring them back down to earth.With Manchester Citylooking untouchable thanks to the instant impact of Erling Haaland, it is hardto conceive a title challenge coming from Anfield this season.Perhaps the Reds willhave to realign their aims to ensuring that they finish in the all-importantChampions League places come May.Another strange Salah showingAlthough he could havewon the game with his chance that hit the post in the final minute of timeadded on, this was yet another curious performance from Mohamed Salah.It is not that theEgyptian was particularly poor; rather, he is spending far too much timegetting chalk on his boots on the touchline in the early stages of this season.If this is a feature ofa new tactical framework dreamed up by Klopp, then it seems like a major wasteof one of his biggest attacking threats.The record scorer ofgoals in a single 38-game Premier League season is barely getting close to thecentre of the box, and that is surely an issue that must be dealt with quickly.
Everton vs. Liverpool commentary, highlights from Premier League
FULLTIME: All over at Goodison Park and it's a point apiece after a goalless draw that was anything but boring. Those goalframes will need checking over after the hammering they've taken today.
95th min: Liverpool hit the woodwork again!
Mo Salah runs onto a ball at the back post and cracks it goalward but Pickford gets hand to it and that's back off the upright. Hard to tell whether the England goalkeeper's touch was influential there but he got there all the same.
90th min: Six minutes to be added on here.
87th min: Pickford at it again, getting down low to palm away a Firmino effort volleyed goalward from Salah's cross.
79th min: Joel Matip and Diogo Jota replace Harvey Elliott and Darwin Nunez for Liverpool.
76th min: Van Dijk beaten to the ball by Onana as Everton break and that's a deserved yellow card for the Dutchman.
69th min: Agony for Everton as they think they've taken the lead when Coady smashes in at the back post from a low Maupay cross but after a lengthy VAR check the lines show the defender was offside.
One fan really unhappy with that decision and runs onto the pitch to remonstrate with the referee before being dragged away.
65th min: And now Alisson is at it, the Brazilian doing brilliantly to get out and smother a Maupay shot that looked goalbound.
64th min: Three brilliant saves from Pickford keep Everton in it!
The Toffees keeper denies Firmino twice in quick succession with a stop from a low shot and then a header. And he's just as good to keep Fabinho out after Nunez lays the ball back at close range.
61st min: Everton getting in on the act now, with Idrissa Gueye taking the place of Tom Davies. Huge roars to welcome him back to Goodison Park for a second stint in blue.
58th min: Liverpool make changes at full-back with Andy Robertson and James Milner replacing Kostas Tsimikas and Trent Alexander-Arnold respectively.
49th min: Liverpool go close again, with Elliott's low cross forcing Pickford to get down and push the ball away before Tsimikas thrashes an attempt over.
46th min: Everton get us restarted.
One change at the break for Liverpool, with Roberto Firmino replacing Fabio Carvalho, who had a quiet half.
HALFTIME: Goalless at the break at Goodison Park but we've come as close as you possibly can to a breakthrough from each team, Tom Davies, Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez all hitting the frame of the goal.
43rd min: Liverpool hit the woodwork twice in quick succession!
The first is a brilliant fingertip save from Pickford to touch a Nunez's dipping effort on the bar, and the second sees Diaz crack the inside of the post after cutting in off the left.
The visitors now 2-1 up on woodwork strikes.
37th min: Onana clips Carvalho as he tries to get a one-two away and that's the first yellow card of the afternoon. The youngster now receiving treatment.
33rd min: Liverpool make a hash of clearing a Patterson cross from the right and when the ball falls he Davies he attempts to toe it in at the far post.
Unfortunately for the midfielder, his effort clips the top of the post and bounces away to safety.
27th min: Some tasty challenges flying in now, with Anthony Gordon giving and receiving in quick succession.
The youngster certainly knows what this game is all about.
19th min: Alexander-Arnold digs out a cross to the back post and Nunez's eyes light up... but he can't get his headed attempt on target.
16th min: The scene at Goodison Park as a minute applause rang out for Olivia Pratt-Korbel in the ninth minute of the game.
8th min: Fabinho loses the ball in the centre and Everton put together a quick break that ends in Maupay dragging a weak effort beyond the far post.
Fabinho now receiving treatment.
6th min: Liverpool dominating possession early doors but Everton won't mind, and they show exactly why with a break that ends in Onana cross gently into the palms of Alisson. That's the pattern of the game set.
1st min: Harvey Elliott gets the game started for Liverpool.
5 mins from kickoff: The teams are out and Goodison Park is rocking!
15 mins from kickoff: Former Everton forward Duncan Ferguson on TV punditry duties here today and he is currently geeing up the crowd from pitchside.
30 mins from kickoff: Both teams are out to warm up - Liverpool arriving to boos and Everton to cheers from those already in the ground.
The atmosphere is sure to play a big part in today's game.
50 mins from kickoff: That is one seriously bold midfield selection from Jurgen Klopp, with former Fulham duo Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho preferred ahead of the vastly experienced James Milner.
As for Everton, Frank Lampard has shown no hesitation over throwing Neal Maupay straight into the mix - to be fair, this is definitely the sort of game he will relish.
60 mins from kickoff: Team news is in!
Everton: Pickford, Patterson, Coady, Tarkowski, Mykolenko, Davies, Onana, Iwobi, Maupay, Gray, Gordon.
Subs: Begovic, Keane, Allan, McNeil, Coleman, Gueye, Vinagre, Rondon, Mills.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Tsimikas, Elliot, Fabinho, Carvalho, Salah, Nunez, Diaz.
Subs: Adrian, Milner, Firmino, Jota, Robertson, Arthur, Matip, Bajcetic, Phillips.
75 mins from kickoff: Some early team news reaching us: Liverpool's deadline-day loan signing Arthur Melo will be named in the squad after receiving his international clearance in time.
85 mins from kickoff: An injury boost for the visitors.
90 mins from kickoff: Liverpool claimed a 4-1 win on their last visit, but that victory broke up a run of four straight draws with Everton at this venue.
With the Toffees having drawn their last three league fixtures, don't bet against the same result today.
110 mins from kickoff: Picturesque.
120 mins from kickoff: Greetings from Goodison Park, where a raucous atmosphere is already building outside ahead of the 241st Merseyside derby. These games always deliver drama, but will it be the red or the blue side of the city of Liverpool who end the day with the bragging rights?