Everton vs Liverpool: Merseyside derby ends even

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Everton and Liverpool battled to a draw in the Merseyside derby as both teams rattled the woodwork and Alisson and Jordan Pickford were the stars of the show.

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Conor Coady had a second half goal ruled out by VAR for offside, while Tom Davies hit the woodwork for a spirited Everton and both Luis Diaz, Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez were denied by Pickford and the post.

Frank Lampard will be impressed by the newfound defensive solidity of his team but Everton are still searching for the first win of the Premier League season as they’ve drawn four of their first six games.

Liverpool have now drawn three and lost one of their opening six games in the Premier League and have nine points.

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What we learned from Everton vs Liverpool

Everton building a solid platform, but sluggish in attack: With four draws from their first six games, this Everton side are tough to beat and never give up. With Tarkowski and Coady at center back they look very solid, while Onana and Davies (then Gueye) in midfield were dogged and resilient. The next step for Frank Lampard’s side is to create more clear-cut chances going forward and when Dominic Calvert-Lewin returns from injury, that will help massively. Everton need to stay tight, compact and be tough to beat and they have enough quality through Anthony Gordon, Calvert-Lewin (when he returns) and others to make the most of clear-cut chances.

Liverpool’s injury-hit squad stretched to its limits: After their dramatic win against Newcastle in midweek, this Liverpool side looked tired. Jurgen Klopp started with youngsters Fabio Carvalho and Harvey Elliott in midfield and Liverpool just never really had control of the game. That said, Salah, Diaz and Nunez all hit the woodwork and on another day they could have snatched the win. All in all, a draw was a fair result and Jurgen Klopp will praise the effort and commitment of his banged up squad who have a Champions League trip to Napoli to kick off a marathon of midweek and weekend action pretty much from here until the World Cup in November. Liverpool simply cannot have any more injuries, that is why Robertson start and Alexander-Arnold was taken off. But the biggest impact of injuries has been in midfield as Liverpool couldn’t control the game.

Tactical focus

Liverpool dominated possession early on but Everton grew into this game and should have taken the lead as their energy, led by the incredible Anthony Gordon, overwhelmed Liverpool. However, Liverpool then started to play more direct and that allowed Diaz and Nunez to stretch the game and cause Everton problems.

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Stars of the show

Jordan Pickford: Fantastic display as he made two stunning stops to deny Nunez and Salah and eight saves overall. The Everton skipper is standing tall early in the season.

Alisson: Also made some sensational stops in the second half as Liverpool were put under pressure.

What’s next?

Everton head to Arsenal on Sunday, Sept. 11. Liverpool host Wolves on Sept. 10 in the Premier League but before that they travel to Napoli on Wednesday, Sept. 7 for their UEFA Champions League group stage opener.

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Key storylines

Everton are battling hard but Lampard’s side continue to look short in attack and that has been their main problem early in the season. The Toffees have drawn three and lost two of their games so far but they’ve conceded just six goals and at least look much better defensively. Staying solid at the back is going to be very important for them this season.

Liverpool have a slew of injuries to midfielders and defenders and Klopp has bemoaned his luck. His side have put in some strange displays as they’ve drawn against Crystal Palace and Fulham, as well as losing at Manchester United. However, they appear to be finding their feet a little and they always seem to turn up when the Merseyside Derby rolls around.

In-form players to keep an eye on

Anthony Gordon is the main man for Everton as he’s put them ahead in each of their last two games, 1-1 draws at Brentford and Leeds. After Chelsea chased the 21-year-old for most of this summer, he is staying at Goodison and will be integral to Lampard’s attack, especially when Dominic Calvert-Lewin returns from injury. Amadou Onana has also looked very good and will be an important player in midfield.

Liverpool’s main men in attack have been Luis Diaz and Roberto Firmino, while youngsters Fabio Carvalho and Harvey Elliott have chipped in with goals as they’ve been forced to play regularly due to injuries. Mohamed Salah has yet to get going this season.

Everton team news, injuries, lineup

The Toffees are without Andros Townsend, Yerry Mina and Ben Godfrey, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Mason Holgate are also out. Lampard will likely go with the same team which drew at Leeds in midweek. New signing Neal Maupay starts up top, with Idrissa Gueye on the bench.

Liverpool team news, injuries, lineup

Klopp suffered another injury blow as captain Jordan Henderson was injured in midweek, while Diogo Jota and Thiago Alcantara are both stepping up their return from thigh injuries. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ibrahima Konate, Calvin Ramsay, Naby Keita and Caoimhin Kelleher are still out. Youngsters Elliott and Carvalho start in midfield and Darwin Nunez starts up top as he returns from suspension, while Robertson is rested.

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