Liverpool left Goodison Park with a point from their early afternoon clash with Everton, and although this was a hard-fought Merseyside derby, it was hard not to take this game in context with Jurgen Klopp's side's Champions League quarter-final tie with Manchester City.
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"We have now a problem to find players for Saturday, and everyone's telling us it's the most important game of the year, and that's quite hard". Still, I would say it was a deserved result. "It was a good performance, it was not brilliant, but maybe the most mature performance since I'm here".
Mohamed Salah, who presently leads this season's Premier League Golden Boot race after registering 29 goals across 31 matches, is the most notable omission as the Egyptian forward hasn't fully recovered from the groin injury he sustained in their 3-0 victory over Pep Guardiola's men. In those times we have to control the game, but we didn't.
With the first half ending goalless, the second half appeared to be heading in a similar vein with neither side really threatening until the seventeenth minute mark. "That would have made us all very, very happy indeed".
The Toffees boss said: "Our passing sometimes got a bit woeful and it is why we made the changes today". "All I know is that, this weekend, they will be motivated to the highest level".
"I think each Evertonian thinks that, at Goodison, there must be a few extra per cent of desire [in a derby]. I would expect a reaction from him because that's how much he cares and that's fine by me".