Didn't Go To Everton For Wild Derby - Jurgen Klopp Happy With Draw

Sam Allardyce had written in his programme notes about derbies being occasions to be inspired by, but his team lacked spark until the final 10 minutes and gave away the ball too often.

On the one hand, that definitely provides obvious advantages.

Jurgen Klopp's side will, of course, be riding the high of their strong Champions League quarter final first leg win over Man City at Anfield on Wednesday but, on the flip side, will certainly have at least one eye on the second leg.

The Reds are the third best team on the road in the topflight this season, winning nine of 16 games, a feat only bettered by City and Tottenham Hotspur.

Liverpool dominated both the possession and the chances, with the first big opportunity of the half coming to Dominic Solanke. The striker should have given every Evertonian so much more, a first derby win in eight years to be exact, but a awful miss two minutes from time left them all, Gueye and Tosun included, with a familiar sense of regret.

"If he is a doubt, he will not play".

Eliaquim Mangala and Gylfi Sigurdsson won't be featuring for Everton. Defender Ashley Williams is set to make a comeback on the field after a three-match ban.

Wayne Rooney was substituted - much to his own frustration - for Idrissa Gueye on the hour mark, with the former Manchester United star snatching his coat and yelling expletives as he made his way to the bench.

Cenk Tosun has been the man in form who has netted a few in recent outings.

The Turkish striker has been a fine addition for Everton, and has four goals in his last four games.

Ragnar Klavan stands a good chance of making an appearance; Dejan Lovren was as good as Virgil van Dijk - if not better, with Joel Matip out for a while Klopp will end to project his best players.

For Liverpool, Gini Wijnaldum's drive and passing from midfield will be key.

The introduction of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Firmino failed to spark Liverpool into life, but Everton finished the encounter well.

Goals Everton have scored in their last nine top-flight Merseyside derbies, with the Toffees failing to score in five of those games.

There have been 21 red cards in Premier League meetings between these sides, the most of any fixture in the competition. So, a point, one point more, all OK.

"Because that will be really tough, and probably Everton are more happy about the game (kickoff time) than we are, and that's not fair. Long-term, who knows." Karius himself is trying not to worry about it.

  • Julie Sanders