A heavily rotated side sandwiched between the Champions League second legs, Jurgen Klopp made five changes today.
Wayne Rooney looked unhappy to be substituted for the fit-again Idrissa Gueye early in the second half but the impetus remained with Liverpool, who brought on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Firmino, until a frantic final 10 minutes in which Seamus Coleman and Dominic Calvert-Lewin went close to grabbing an unlikely victor for the home side. They're ninth in the Premier League table, three points above 10th-place Bournemouth and three below eighth-place Leicester. I think until then we controlled the game, played the game we wanted to play. "It was a good performance, not brilliant, but probably the most mature since I came here".
"We got a clean sheet and defended well but in the last 20 minutes we need to play a little bit more football again and we didn't".
"And together with Dom [Solanke], they didn't play together often so it's not that they know exactly "when I go left, you go right" or whatever, that's all hard".
Against all odds, however, the lumbering Klavan managed to hold his own, in an unfamiliar role no less, against the jet-heeled Everton winger and barring the hosts' late surge in the second-half, kept him quiet without much fuss. Jags (Phil Jagielka) was huge and played a like a captain and leader.
He was given with his first start of the season against Everton and he played full 90 minutes for the Reds.
It was a far from memorable game with no real standout performers but Liverpool's James Milner found some joy going forward, forcing a good save from Jordan Pickford with a curling effort in the first-half.
"He is a top keeper and getting better all the time", said Coleman. I only saw in the first moment that the shot changes direction, it wasn't until I saw it on the screen that I said "wow".
Pickford added: "I didn't know Gareth was there".
"At the end there were two crosses that were close, so I am completely fine with the result".
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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