In a game that was more end to the end than a typical Merseyside derby, Tom Davies hit the woodwork for Everton while Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz did the same for Liverpool.
In addition to hitting the woodwork, Liverpool ran into an Everton keeper Jordan Pickford who was in outstanding for. The England number one was at his athletic best, turning Nunez’s shot on to the bar in the first half, showed great reflexes and agility in denying Firmino three times, and then pounced at his near post to touch Salah’s shot on to the post with virtually the last kick of the game.
Former Liverpool defender Conor Coady thought he had broken the deadlock against his former club when he turned in debutant Neal Maupay’s shot but the goal was disallowed after a lengthy VAR intervention.
As well as Coady’s disallowed goal, Everton forced two outstanding saves from Liverpool keeper Alisson as he denied Maupay and Dwight McNeil, whose shot was deflected towards the top corner.
Liverpool may have picked up successive Premier League wins against Bournemouth and Newcastle United but there is still something missing from the team that chased four trophies right to the end of last season, winning the FA Cup and EFL Cup.
We expect Liverpool to create chances and they dud here, but it was the number of chances that Everton created that was surprising. Trent Alexander-Arnold was disappointing once more before he was substituted and while Liverpool carried threat, they were also vulnerable at the back with Virgil van Dijk shown a yellow card for a crude challenge on Amadou Onana.
Afterwards Jurgen Klopp told BT Sport: ”
It was a real derby, super intense and full of really spectacular moments. They scored a goal – I didn’t see it back but I think it probably was offside. Ali made an excellent save. I think we hit the post three times and there were a few unbelievable saves from Pickford – wow, what can you do?
“In this game, easy and free-flowing is not possible. You have to dig deep, that’s what we did. A 0-0 draw sounds strange, but that’s it.
“It was a super intense week for us. We had a really tough game that went to the wire [against Newcastle on Wednesday], then a few days later you play here. If you open up with a goal, the situation can look different. I don’t know how many derbies I’ve had now – quite a few – but it’s always difficult here.
Everton boss Frank Lampard was very happy with his team’s performance saying:
“I thought we were brilliant. It’s one of the best 0-0s you’re likely to see.
“Pickford made some great saves, you need your keeper to be on it in games like this. It was a real game of two teams going for it. I can’t fault the players and the spirit. We played well, we’re getting better.
“I keep saying the same thing. We’re not going from just staying up to the team we want to be. Idrissa Gueye came on and looked like a proper player and he’s not even fit yet. We had more than enough chances to get our own goal today.
“We’re trying to build up. You have to get personnel and work on the training ground. It feels like those wins will come. We feel like we deserve more – although maybe not today. The fans can see a team that fights for the badge and gives everything. That makes me proud.”