Everton 0-0 Liverpool: Brilliant Pickford retains out Reds in derby thriller

The England primary produced a collection of fantastic saves, whereas his counterpart Alisson additionally needed to be exact to forestall a house win in a Merseyside derby that might have been awash in targets.

Either side rocked the web within the first half, Everton to Tom Davies earlier than Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz adopted swimsuit, whereas Mohamed Salah was additionally denied by the woodwork late on.

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The percentages sank in an open recreation, and Everton thought that they had taken the lead halfway by the second half when former Liverpool academy participant Conor Coady hit Neal Maupay’s cross, solely to be disallowed when a checked VAR confirmed he was inches from offside.

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson made a rapid and sensible save to gather Anthony Gordon’s glowing strike after an Everton nook was solely half cleared, and the hosts got here inside a hair’s breadth of the opener when Davies hit a 12-yard shot in opposition to the left put up.

Jurgen Klopp’s guests confirmed their menace earlier than the break, nevertheless, when Nunez’ glorious strike was knocked down in opposition to the crossbar by Pickford, and from the rebound Diaz smashed a follow howitzer in opposition to the proper put up.

Looking for higher management, Klopp withdrew teen Fabio Carvalho and introduced in skilled Roberto Firmino for the second half, with Liverpool quickly asking Frank Lampard’s males extra questions.

Nunez noticed a volley comfortably picked up by Pickford, then Nathan Patterson got here shut for the Toffees, as Virgil van Dijk deflected his shot huge.

Amid a decided effort by the Reds to discover a breakthrough, Pickford saved Firmino twice in a row, first tipping a shot huge earlier than parrying the Brazilian’s header from a nook.

The goalkeeper additionally thwarted Fabinho from shut vary, earlier than Everton debutant Maupay squandered the sport’s greatest probability after a fast counter-attack, firing straight at Alisson who made himself huge and nailed the cease.

Coady thought he was the hero, however nearer scrutiny of his 69th-minute engagement left Everton deflated, their run and not using a residence league win in opposition to their metropolis rivals stretching to 12 video games.

It might have been worse as Salah, silent for a lot of the sport, nearly gained it in stoppage time, his shot cracking from the foot of the proper put up.

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