The Merseyside Derby ended in a goalless draw on Saturday – but what were the Theses of “Everton” and the clash “Liverpool” on “Goodison Park”?
The owners have come to a critical situation with a few chances late in the game, but failed to find the net.
The result is a blow to Liverpool’s hopes for second place in the Premier League, but Jurgen Klopp used the game as a chance to other players the second leg of the Champions League with Manchester city to come on Tuesday.
Here was the key discussion points from the game…
Wait for Derby Everton goes on
The hosts are persistently late winner, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin rejecting a huge chance. Ultimately, however, another game was held at Everton without tasting victory over their rivals. They are now without a win in 17 matches in all competitions against Liverpool – their longest winless sequence in this match.
Five of the last six games of the Premier League between these sides at Goodison Park for another level of composition, as well as a draw at Anfield back in December. But with the victory of “Liverpool” in the match of FA Cup between the clubs this season, this is another campaign in which the red half Merseyside was better than him. It is not surprising that there is appetite for change.
Rooney furious with the replacement
Wayne Rooney’s dream to play in the Merseyside Derby on “Goodison Park” when he made his transition from the “Manchester United” last summer, returned to his beloved Everton. But his participation in the competition on Saturday ended in anger, with Rooney makes it clear his anger at being replaced only 58 minutes on the clock.
Rooney lasted less than a minute against Manchester city in recent times is another important game for him, given his “Manchester United” message, and my disappointment that was not given the opportunity to influence key over the 90 minutes clear. However, the sky sports analyst Jamie Redknapp believes that boss Everton Sam Allardyce had to change with Liverpool.
“At that moment he could have taken anyone,” said Redknapp. “The midfield Liverpool were dominating the ball. He had to make a change. It’s hard and it’s brave because you take Evertonian who loves the club and fans were not happy with it. But he had to do something to try to change the dynamics of the game. And whichever way you look at it, it helped”.
Pickford shines in Southgate
England coach Gareth Southgate was at “Goodison Park” on Saturday and he was impressed by a couple of smart saves from Jordan Pickford, who claims to start in goal ahead of Jack Butland and Joe HART at the World Cup this summer.
A clean sheet Pickford on England duty against the Netherlands last month helped his cause, especially considering his feet to build the winner of England – and his shot-brake was on display in the first half here.
Close range block to deny Dominic Solanke gave its incredible reaction, while parry to push the Curling effort to clear James Milner was incredible.
Carius also impressed
Pickford made a good save, but the match came from Loris Karius Liverpool when he denied Yannick Bolasi with his fingers. Although the German made a mistake, conceding a penalty in crystal Palace last week, his form picked up in 2018, and it was another encouraging display. He is a man in the end?
“He played well today and made a fantastic save,” said Redknapp. “At the moment he deserves to be number one. Long term, who knows?” Sam Carius tries not to worry about it. “I don’t feel that I am on trial. This is my second season,” he told Sky Sports. “If I believed everything said we would have 10 keepers for next season the club.”
Ings gets the opportunity
Trauma Mohamed Salah, along with other Roberto Firmino, provides an opportunity for the Liverpool striker to show what they can do. He was the first Prime to start Dominic Solanke League from the first day of the New Year and the first Danny Ings scored a goal with Liverpool in this match in October 2015.
Ings made his presence felt, getting in the end spat with Seamus Coleman, but the odds fell to Solanke. The kids headed first attempt just wide and then forced a good save from Pickford from close range with an instinctive snap shot. There was no shortage of hard work, but the expected return on quality felt.