Everton 0-0 Liverpool: Player ratings as Merseyside derby ends goalless

The 241st Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool ended 0-0 thanks to a superb performance from Jordan Pickford.

The 28-year-old made a number of superb saves in the Toffees goal, though his outstanding display was not reflective of the overall tone of the game. Everton were well worth their point and could easily have won the game themselves had Neal Maupay not missed a glaring opportunity.

Conor Coady also had a goal chalked off for offside, but it was Pickford’s tremendous showing that was the story of the game – his last-gasp save to tip Mohamed Salah’s low strike onto the post epitomising his brilliance in goal.

The opening half an hour saw Liverpool fail to get into any sort of rhythm and even though Harvey Elliott looked neat and tidy in flashes, it was Everton who enjoyed the game’s brighter moments.

Maupay dragged a shot wide of the post early on before Anthony Gordon forced Alisson into a smart low save – the two chances sandwiched either side of Darwin Nunez heading over a good Trent Alexander-Arnold cross.

The Toffees then struck the post as Tom Davies reacted first to a heavy touch by Maupay, but his cleverly crafted outside of the boot strike arched against Alisson’s woodwork and away from danger.

As the intensity and noise picked up in the Goodison Park crowd, Amadou Onana picked up the game’s first yellow card for a hefty knee-on-knee collision with Fabio Carvalho, and Liverpool looked to up their level to find their stride.

Nunez superbly pulled a long ball over the top out of the sky before his dipping effort from the angle was tipped superbly onto the crossbar by Pickford. Luis Diaz collected the rebound and having shifted inside onto his favoured right foot, the Colombian cannoned a driving effort against the inside of Pickford’s post and away.

Carvalho’s knock was enough to force him off at half-time, with Roberto Firmino his replacement, and the change did seem to lift Liverpool a little.

With the crowd noise dissipating, a hat-trick of good chances came Liverpool’s way within the space of a minute: Firmino first forced Pickford into a fabulous fingertip save after driving at goal first time, before the Brazilian was denied again from close range after leaping highest from Andy Robertson’s corner.

Fabinho then saw Pickford shovel his low drive away from goal before Everton fired up the other end on the counter attack. With a five on three advantage, the ball was squared to Maupay, but the troublesome finishing woes he had at Brighton reared their ugly head and Alisson deflected his shot wide of the post.

Everton then had a goal ruled out – Coady correctly adjudged to be offside from Gordon’s cross-shot – before Pickford underlined his status as player of the match with a terrific stop from Salah in injury-time.

The Egyptian had barely been in the game before firing a low first-time effort on goal, but it wasn’t good enough to beat the outstretched left hand of Pickford.

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