The English Premier League Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool ended goalless at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Liverpool are obviously paying more attention on their UEFA Champions League quarter final return leg match against Manchester City, with the benching of some key players.

With Mohamed Salah expectedly missing, manager Jurgen Klopp was not put off from ringing the changes with that tie against the Premier League leaders in mind.

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Roberto Firmino, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Andrew Robertson are the star names that were not in the starting lineup against Everton, with the likes of Ragnar Klavan, Danny Ings and Dominic Solanke coming into the side instead.

Despite the changes from the Reds, Sam Allardyce’s Everton had themselves to blame for missing begging chances in the last 20 minutes of the game.

With 13 minutes remaining and Everton dominating play but failing to convert, Theo Walcott picked up again, drove forward and located Idrissa Gueye who found Dominic Calvert-Lewin on the edge of the box, but his shot is deflected away.

As the tie rounds off, Cenk Tosun drove towards goal in from the left, Virgil van Dijk came across to narrow the angle, Tosun flashed a cross into the box but Theo Walcott lost his footing at the back stick as he tried to adjust to a deflection, to the disappointment of fans and manager Big Sam.

With the result, Liverpool, having played two games more, now has 67 points from 33 matches. Everton, sitting 9th on the league table, has 41 points from same number of matches.

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