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Calvert-Lewin flicks one towards the bottom corner but Alisson dives to his left to claw it away before Davies' shot deflects onto the post!
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FT: #PremierLeague #EFC 0 (0.89 xG)#LFC 0 (0.73 xG)— Infogol (@InfogolApp) June 21, 2020
Everton had late chances to collect 3 points in an otherwise uneventful #MerseysideDerby. Liverpool limited to 0.73 xG, and held to a goalless draw at Goodison Park.#EVELIV shot map ➡️ https://t.co/Ve6EyhbnTj pic.twitter.com/9j06S8NIKc
Can’t really argue with that. Liverpool dominated the ball but rarely carved Everton open, though it was painful to watch at times. The Toffees finished strongly though with Richarlison, Tom Davies and Dominic Calvert-Lewin missing great chances to win the late game on.
But given the circumstances and opposition, a point is not a terrible result.
FULL-TIME Everton 0-0 Liverpool
93: Corner comes in, but Mike Dean blows for a foul on Pickford.
Kean comes on for Calvert-Lewin.
Seconds left now.
92: Fabinho takes....tipped over by Pickford.
91: Silly challenge by Richarlison on the edge of the box. Free-kick Liverpool in a really dangerous position.
90: Three minutes added on.
88: Another change for Everton as Bernard replaces Iwobi.
85: Origi rightly booked for a late challenge on Coleman. The Irishman has had a decent game this evening.
Five minutes left....
81: Richarlison rolls Lovren again and gets into the area, but his shot from a tight angle is blocked by Alisson. Much better from Everton!
80: CHANCE! NO!! Everton nearly nick it! Calvert-Lewin’s flick is saved by Alisson, Davies is on the rebound but it comes off the post!! Calvert-Lewin then heads just wide from the corner!
78: We are now officially into ‘late winner’ territory.
73: Another sub for Liverpool as Lovren comes on for the injured Matip.
68: Second drinks break, and Everton need it. Liverpool dominating the ball, passing, probing. Everton working hard to repel them, successfully, so far. But you do wonder whether fitness will tell in the closing stages. They need more of an attacking presence, if only to give the defence a break.
65: Double change for Liverpool: Wijnaldum and Origi for Keita and Firmino.
No Salah, yet.
63: Alexander-Arnold’s free-kick is deflected over.
61: Everton are furious, and rightly so. Digne’s sliding tackle nudges the ball away from Mane, who goes down. Mike Dean gives the free-kick and books Digne. Terrible decision.
60: First sub for Everton: Sigurdsson comes on for Gordon.
56: Liverpool well on top now, Everton can’t keep hold of the ball.
51: Chance for Liverpool! Keita combines well with Firmino before firing in a volley from inside the area that goes just wide.
48: Joe Gomez escapes down the left for Liverpool and makes it into the area, but Coleman gets in a good tackle to put the ball out for a corner.
46: Everton get the second half started.
He is on, for Minamino.
It looks like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is coming on for Liverpool, he’s taking instructions from one of the coaches.
Sigurdsson, Bernard and Kean are the attacking options on the bench by the way. Would say Bernard for Iwobi/Gordon is the first change, maybe Kean on for last 15.
Really enjoyed last season's Goodison derby. It may have been 0-0 and pretty scrappy, but there was an electricity around the ground, an intensity about the game. This, by comparison, is unbelievably flat. #EFC #EVELIV— Royal Blue Mersey (@RBMersey) June 21, 2020
45+2: HT: Everton 0-0 Liverpool
And that’s the half. It inevitably lacked the cut and thrust of a ‘normal’ derby, with only half chances for either team. Everton increasingly sloppy in possession though, with Liverpool dominating the ball as we approached the break.
42: Early sub for Liverpool as Milner comes off injured and is replaced by Joe Gomez, who will have to play out of position at left-back.
41: Alexander-Arnold takes the free-kick, but Pickford dives to his right and claims.
40: Yellow all day long. Keane wipes out Mane as he looked to skip past him. Rightly booked.
Someone near Goodison has a saxophone, and the strains of Love Will Tear You Apart Again are sort of drifting in from the Gwladys Street.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) June 21, 2020
34: Chance for Liverpool! Everton sloppy in possession again as Gomes loses the ball. Liverpool pile forward and Firmino drills a low shot just wide.
32: It’s Everton’s turn to have a free-kick, which Gordon takes from the right. Richarlson sends a looping header over the bar - though the offside flag went up anyway.
29: Alexander-Arnold takes Liverpool free-kick from the right, Matip reaches it unmarked but sends his header just wide.
23: Here’s the first of two drinks breaks to slow the game down still further. Klopp and Ancelotti also take the opportunity to give a mini team talk. It’s been far from a classic so far, which is to be expected given the circumstances.
20: Liverpool starting to impose themselves on the game now, they’ve dominated possession the last 10 minutes. Richarlison then looks to dribble the ball away before being taken out by Milner, who is booked.
16: A decent move from Everton moves from right to left, with Digne in space. But the Frenchman’s cross is poor and is sails out for a goal kick.
14: There’s a decent tempo to the game despite the lack of crowd to road them on. Everton staying nice and compact whenever Liverpool have the ball.
10: First chance for Liverpool. Gordon loses possession in the centre of the field, Minamino collects and goes on a driving run before firing a rising drive over the bar.
8: Calvert-Lewin collects Gomes’ long pass down the right. He feeds Iwobi on the edge of the box but the ball spins up and hits his hand, free kick to Liverpool.
4: CHANCE! Richarlison breaks clear down the left, bursts into the area and fizzes a shot that goes just wide!
1: Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson gets the game under way in an eerily quiet Goodison.
Here comes the siren.....players in the tunnel! COYB!!
Carlo Ancelotti on handing Anthony Gordon his first start:
“He trained well and he showed confidence. It’s a good opportunity for him. My opinion is he deserves to play.
“No one knows what will go on without the crowd or how we will react. It will be different but let’s see.
“Our style doesn’t change, we play 4-4-2. We change a little bit when we have the ball but defensively we are 4-4-2.”
Lineups are out, and some surprises in the middle for the Blues, with Anthony Gordon making his full debut, Alex Iwobi on the other wing, and Tom Davies accompanying Andre Gomes in the centre.
For the Reds, Mo Salah starts on the bench with Minamino, Mane and Firmino up top, and what is their strongest side. Robertson also out injured with Milner in his spot.
Look, let’s not sugarcoat this - it’s going to be weird, strange, odd and any other unique moniker you can come up with for this latest edition of the Merseyside Derby. Behind closed-doors at Goodison Park, with no one to roar when the siren heralds the opening beats of Z-Cars comes on the tannoy, it’s just not going to football is it?
Throw into that mix that Everton will need a streak of unprecedented wins to somehow snatch a European spot in their remaining games, while Liverpool are minutes away from their first ever Premier League title.
Carlo Ancelotti’s project at Everton is going to take a couple of years before the Toffees are going to be where the supporters want to be, but in the meantime there’s lots of dead wood that needs to be gotten rid of and others whose futures need to be scrutinized harder. Patience will be required, with the Blues only making small squad changes at a time to ensure Financial Fair Play regulations are not breached. on the tannoy, it’s just not going to
The manager has already said there will be no major tactical changes for the rest of the 2019-20 season, so expect to see more of the 4-4-2 going forward. There will be an opportunity for some youngsters to show they are ready for the big stage with injuries and loosened squad and substitution rules.
Squad selection might be simpler for Ancelotti with the only men still standing likely to form the starting XI. Michael Keane and Mason Holgate are locks at centrehalf, and similarly Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin will be front pair. Ancelotti will have to decide which two of Seamus Coleman, Djibril Sidibe and Alex Iwobi to play on the right, while Bernard will likely start in front of Lucas Digne on the left. The middle of the park is where this game will be won or lost, and will it be Fabian Delph pairing up with Andre Gomes?
For Liverpool, while the league might be all but won, Jurgen Klopp will ensure his side do not rest on their laurels in their quest to be one of the best Premier League teams of all time. Expect a full strength lineup today.
Competition: Premier League Matchday 30
Date and start time: Sunday, June 21st at 11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET / 7:00 pm BST
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Starting XI: Pickford; Coleman, Holgate, Keane, Digne; Gordon, Gomes, Davies, Iwobi; DCL, Richarlison.
Subs: Stekelenburg, Virginia, Baines, Sigurdsson, Bernard, Kean, Martina, Baningime, Branthwaite.
Starting XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Milner, Fabinho, Henderson, Keita, Minamino, Mane, Firmino
Subs: Adrian, Gomez, Lovren, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Origi, Williams, Elliott
Hasn’t gone well for Everton in years; the last time the two sides met was in January in the FA Cup, and despite playing against Liverpool’s third-string, the Blues were at their inefficient best and ended up losing 1-0 to a wondergoal from youngster Curtis Jones.
The last time Liverpool came to Goodison though, a resolute performance saw the Blues hold the visitors to a 0-0 stalemate that scuppered their title chase and allowed Manchester City to be crowned champions again.