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Salah Out As Liverpool Hold Everton In Merseyside Derby

Salah Out As Liverpool Hold Everton In Merseyside Derby

Liverpool missed the chance to go temporarily second in the Premier League table following their drab 0-0 draw against Everton at Goodison Park in the Merseyside derby on Saturday.

Premier League top scorer Mohamed Salah did not feature for Liverpool after going off with an injury in the Champions League quarter-final clash against Manchester City on Wednesday.

Sadio Mane, who was on target against Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League last Wednesday, was later replaced by Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino with 15 minutes left.

The game also saw the return of long-term Liverpool injury absentee Nathaniel Clyne who made his first appearance since May 2017 and Danny Ings’ first league start under Jurgen Klopp.

The draw means Liverpool are now unbeaten against Everton in 17 straight games in all competitions (eight wins, nine draws). Everton’s last win against Liverpool was a 2-0 win at Goodison Park on October 7, 2010.

Liverpool remain third on 67 points, just one point behind second-placed Manchester United who will face city rivals Manchester City at the Etihad later on Saturday.

Everton are now ninth on 42 points on the log with five games left to play.

Liverpool should have taken the lead in the 12th minute through Dominic Solanke whose header from James Milner’s cross glanced wide of the far post.

Solanke went even closer on 16 minutes as he met Nathaniel Clyne’s right cross with a good strike which Jordan Pickford parried away.

In the 23rd minute, Yannick Bolasie almost gave Everton the lead as he cut in from the left only to see his curler tipped behind by Loris Karius in goal for Liverpool.

In the 69th minute, Liverpool substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain almost got the opener as he picked up the ball and burst towards goal only to see his effort go just over the bar.

With 13 minutes remaining, Leyton Baines broke on the left but his cut-back failed to connect with Cenk Tosun.

Tosun went close again on 87 minutes but his header off Theo Walcott’s cross failed to trouble Karius.

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