Liverpool failed to take their chance to go back to the top of the Premier League after a frustrating goalless draw by Everton at Goodison Park.
It wasn’t a vintage performance from Jürgen Klopp’s side in what was a fiercely contested Merseyside derby – but the Reds will feel like it is an opportunity missed as they dominated a clearly lesser side that was sent out to frustrate Liverpool.
The result means that Manchester City stay top by a single point with nine games of the season left as the title race took another twist and turn. Liverpool are by all means still in the race to be crowned champions, but they haven’t helped themselves by dropping two points to their neighbours across Stanley Park.
Here’s how the players faired:
Alisson = 7
Another clean sheet for the Brazilian, meaning he now has 17 for the season. He made one decent save in the second half but was largely a spectator due to Everton’s incredible negativity.
Trent Alexander-Arnold = 6
The local lad put in a steady performance but got nowhere near the dizzying heights of his Watford wondershow. Solid defensively, caused a few problems going forward.
Joel Matip = 7
The former Schalke man has been brilliant in recent weeks and he put in another sturdy, robust display today. Didn’t do much wrong and went on one of his trademark mazy runs out of the back
Virgil van Dijk = 9
What a player this man is. Never flustered, never lost his focus and was integral in keeping Liverpool switched on and defending on the front foot. Imperious.
Andrew Robertson = 5
Robertson has had a few dodgy games of late and, aside from the game against Watford, hasn’t gone off the boil a bit. Today was further evidence of that. Sloppy in possession, not great going forward but as ever ran himself into the ground.
Jordan Henderson = 7
Set the tone in the middle with his incessant pressing, was good on the ball and took the fight to Everton. Needed a bit more conviction though.
Gini Wijnaldum = 5
One of Gini’s ‘ghost’ performances, as they’ve come to be known. Incredible work rate as ever, but did little else to influence the game.
Fabinho = 8
Becomes more important to Liverpool with every passing game. Did his job superbly well, breaking up play and shielding his defence. Like Henderson though, he could have done more going forward.
Divock Origi = 6
A decent showing before being replaced by Firmino in the second half. Strong and quick, always offering an outlet on the left. Went a bit quiet before being hooked, but another promising showing.
Sadio Mané = 6
Blows hot and cold at the moment, and this was a chilly performance. Failed to make too much of an impact at all, and seemed a little less lively than in recent weeks.
Mohamed Salah = 4
A really bad day at the office for Mo. Passing was poor, touch was off, finishing and usual composure deserted him and he missed a number of golden chances to seal the win for Liverpool.
James Milner = 6
Steady as always
Roberto Firmino = 5
Didn’t do much
Adam Lallana = 4
Did even less