Liverpool make the ludicrously short journey across Stanley Park to face their great city rivals Everton at Goodison Park this afternoon, for the second of this Premier League season's Merseyside derbies.
They did, though, extend their unbeaten run in Merseyside Derbies to 17 matches, as Seamus Coleman and Dominic Calvert-Lewin both failed to take late Everton chances.
Arguably the best save of the first half was made at the other end of the field, however, as Loris Karius did brilliantly to dive across and get his fingertips to Yannick Bolasie's edge-of-the-box curler.
Everton manager Sam Allardyce said the need to pull Wayne Rooney off the match was due to the need to introduce fresh legs into the Midfield.
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Previous year he said that there was "a six in ten chance" he would move to Manchester United only to sign a contract extension with Atletico .
The Reds still out-chanced Everton to the tune of 10-6 shot attempts and 62 percent possession in a derby the hosts would've desperately wanted to win.
'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. They continued to dominate the passing but made little in roads towards taking the lead, and Everton began to grow into the game - particularly after changes were made.
Without the Premier League's top scorer starting and Firmino moved to the bench, the Reds didn't possess the same efficacy where it counted. That's what everybody thinks [that he'll be available at Etihad Stadium] but in the end we will see.
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.
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Embiid had surgery on Saturday after suffering an orbital fracture in his left eye in Wednesday's 118-101 win over the Knicks . Simmons is averaging 22.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 11.6 assists per 100 possessions during the 2017-18 campaign. "It's tough.
"I don't feel on trial".
For Liverpool James Milner was peppering the goal area with crosses and shots - with Klavan behind him he had plenty of freedom to get himself forward.
Everton defenders Leighton Baines, Michael Keane and Phil Jagielka will be pleased to have kept a clean sheet in front of the global coach, albeit against weakened opposition and not completely assured in their work.
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