The first Merseyside derby of the season ended with both sides failing to score. However, what the match lacked in goals, it made up for in entertainment.
Both teams struck the post, with Liverpool doing so on three occasions and Everton having a goal ruled out by VAR for a narrow offside call in the 69th minute.
Darwin Nunez returned to the starting lineup after serving his three-match ban for a red card in the match against Crystal Palace. Jurgen Klopp also handed another youngstar a starting berth as Fabio Carvalho, match winner in the midweek game against Newcastle United started in midfield alongside Harvey Eliott and Fabinho.
Everton had the first real chance of the match in the 32nd minute, but Tom Davies’ outside-of-the-boot effort cannoned off the post.
Liverpool could have gone ahead shortly before halftime but Jordan Pickford – who made eight saves throughout the match was on hand to tip a Darwin Nunez volley on to the bar. Luis Diaz picked up the pieces of the attack, and curled a right footed effort against the post.
Klopp opted to bring in Roberto Firmino in place of Carvalho just after the break, and the Brazilian tested Pickford on two occasions in quick succession.
Everton then came close in the 65th minute with Neal Maupay squandering the best chance of the second half. The striker who joined from Brighton this summer, could not get past Alisson in a one-on-one situation.
Maupay thought he had atoned for his miss when his low cross was turned in by Conor Coady but the goal was chalked off for offside by VAR.
Mohammed Salah could have had the last laugh in the dying minute, but Jordan Pickford’s fingertip save denied the Egyptian and Liverpool a chance at glory.