Three days after its big win (3-0) against Manchester City in the quarter final first leg of Champions league, and three days before the second leg, Liverpool conceded a draw (0-0) on the ground Everton. Sam Allardyce’s side ended with the initiative and should have won it when Cenk Tosun and Dominic Calvert-Lewin were off target, but ultimately they lacked the quality to take advantage of a visibly stooping opponent.
Klopp made five changes from the side that defeated Manchester City, the most significant of which meant Mohamed Salah was absent and Roberto Firmino on the bench. Danny Ings made his start in three years, his last in the Goodison derby that preceded Brendan Rodgers’ departure and his rustiness showed. Nathaniel Clyne made his first start of the season.
Liverpool’s injury problems continued in the warm-up when Alberto Moreno pulled out with a thigh problem. The Spanish left back had only made the substitutes bench having taken a knock during his brief cameo against City. He was replaced by Rafa Camacho, who joined Curtis Jones among the 17-year-old back-up options available to Klopp.
As the game went on, Klopp substituted midfielder James Milner and forward Sadio Mane, perhaps with one eye on Tuesday's second leg at Etihad Stadium. The draw meant Liverpool missed the chance to move above Manchester United into second - they are a point behind their north-west rivals, who have two games in hand. Liverpool are unbeaten in 17 games in all competitions against Everton (W8 D9), their longest ever run without defeat against their Merseyside neighbours.
While the draw sees Liverpool pass up the chance to leapfrog Manchester United into second place in the table, Jurgen Klopp may privately be happy with a point after leaving out the injured Mohamed Salah and resting Roberto Firmino (until the final 16 minutes) with a crucial Champions League quarter-final second leg against Manchester City on Tuesday.
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