Liverpool FC's Klopp pleased with 'mature performance' in derby draw

Tyler Owen
April 9, 2018

Everton only recorded one shot on target in the entire 90 minutes, while Liverpool could only register three - both sides failing to test either goalkeeper in the second half.

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'Bobby [Firmino] played a lot of games and we played a lot of games and we have two fresh strikers there, so it makes sense to make that change.

Without the attacking threat of Salah, Liverpool struggled to pose much danger in the final third as Sadio Mane, Solanke and Danny Ings - starting his first game in 916 days - all struggled to find room.

Roberto Firmino and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both appeared as late substitutes in an attempt to find a victor, but third-placed Liverpool had to settle for a point.

Oxlade-Chamberlain's 70th-minute shot was the first of the second half as the match fizzled out.

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I know when I get the opportunity in front of goal I will put them away. "I thought I would get another opportunity to get a victor and I kept focused on that".

Mohamed Salah was also not named as a substitute after he was forced off against Manchester City with a groin problem.

"I make the decisions and I thought we did the right thing to make those changes to give us a better chance", he said.

"I think it's an absolutely deserved draw".

But the substitutions had little impact and as the game entered the final five minutes, Everton sensed they may have an opportunity to snatch victory.

Speaking on Sky Sports' The Debate, Paul Merson believes the German boss must do his utmost to rest his most important players ahead of City - even if it means playing a weakened team against Everton. At the end Everton pushed on and we were hanging on a bit.

"I'm not digging him out but the amount of time Walcott could have made an angle, it was really frustrating to watch". The team has, unsurprisingly, been hard to watch since his appointment last November, and their results have only been marginally better. It's clear, everyone spoke about it all week that Everton didn't win for I don't know how long...

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