Published: Mon, April 09, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Liverpool player ratings: Everton v Liverpool

Liverpool player ratings: Everton v Liverpool

Everton are now ninth on 42 points on the log with five games left to play.

Danny Ings, given a rare start by Klopp, found James Milner out on the left, and his cross was narrowly headed wide by Dominic Solanke, with the U20 World Cup victor still looking for his first goal for the Reds. "Now we have to focus immediately and be ready again on Tuesday, let's fight for the next round".

The game also saw the return of long-term Liverpool injury absentee Nathaniel Clyne who made his first appearance since May 2017 and Danny Ings' first league start under Jurgen Klopp.

"He is a top keeper and getting better all the time", said Coleman.

The draw means Liverpool are now unbeaten against Everton in 17 straight games in all competitions (eight wins, nine draws).

Everton stay ninth and are now nearly certain to miss out on a place in the top seven, meanwhile, as their winless streak against Liverpool - stretching back to October 2010 - was extended by a further match.

Gini Wijnaldum returned to the starting line up to replace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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.

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius produced an even better save to tip Yannick Bolasie's curling shot around the post before Pickford did the same to deny James Milner.

Calvert-Lewin blasted off target one minute later as the spoils were shared, doing little for either side - although Liverpool will be delighted to avoid any injuries ahead of a massive game against City on Tuesday.

Coleman said on evertonfc.com: "We felt Liverpool would be happier than us with a point but we started slowly and did not get to grips with the game".

"It was a clean sheet against a good Liverpool side, though, and to get the fans behind us we need to play from the first minute".

Everton's late efforts on goal got the home crowd going, but they would not have a goal to cheer.

Inevitably, given those changes, Liverpool did not click as they usually do.

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