Liverpool hold off late Everton pressure in goalless derby

But Juergen Klopp's side still had the better of the game with Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford pulling off impressive first-half saves from Dominic Solanke, James Milner and Virgil Van Dyke. That's what everybody thinks [that he'll be available at Etihad Stadium] but in the end we will see.

When asked about his verdict on the result, the Reds shot-stopper expressed,"I thought we did really well first, the start of the second half as well". This time, it's not even the biggest game of the week.

Wayne Rooney was replaced by the more defensively minded Idrissa Gana Gueye 10 minutes into the second half but it was not until the last 15 minutes that midtable Everton came alive.

"I don't feel on trial". Roberto Firmino was also conspicuous with his absence, as the superstar duo were rightfully given a breather after their intense UEFA Champions League clash against Manchester City earlier in the week.

After a hard start to life at Liverpool, Karius has managed to come into his own in the past couple of months and has successfully dislodged Simon Mignolet from the starting spot between the sticks.

Wayne Rooney of Everton battles with Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Everton and Manchester City at Goodison Park
English Premier League Report: Everton v Liverpool 07 April 2018

Wijnaldum went on to credit the importance of winning a derby but hailed the games against Manchester United slightly more important. "If I keep a clean sheet, I am happy".

It's the former Burnley striker's first start under the German boss, and his inclusion in the starting XI comes 916 days after his last game - when he scored against the Toffees.

"I personally don't think I could have done much more than I have done with the staff that I've got in the period of time I've been working here", he added.

It's good to have Nathaniel back. It feels good. The centre-halves were strong until we stopped playing football, then it was hard. It's clear, everyone spoke about it all week that Everton didn't win for I don't know how long... We all have our targets that we need to have the players for.

  • Stacy Allen