Everton 0-0 Liverpool: Reds slip up in title race after goalless derby draw [Tweets]

Liverpool spurned the chance to return to the top of the Premier League as they were held to a goalless draw by local rivals Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.

In what was the 200th Merseyside derby in the English top-flight, chances came few and far between for both sides, with Liverpool’s attackers lacking in sharpness. Mohamed Salah was presented with the best opportunities for the visitors, particularly in the first half. But, the Egyptian was far from his best and could not find the back of the net.

At the back, Liverpool had Virgil van Dijk to thank for ensuring a clean sheet, with the Dutchman making a staggering 13 clearances on the day. But, it was in the final third where the Reds left a lot to be desired, with a scintillating run by Joel Matip oddly being the most promising moment for them in the second half.

Everton, on the other hand, saw the wide men crossing in the ball a number of times, only to be denied by van Dijk, or Matip on the odd occasion. In the end, it was a Merseyside derby that lacked the cutting edge, and Liverpool fans rued the missed opportunity to return to the summit of the Premier League, with Jurgen Klopp’s decisions being questioned as well.

Virgil van Dijk was nothing short of colossal for Liverpool and after a solid showing at the back, fans were all praises for the Dutch defender.

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