Liverpool, Everton draw blank in derby

Liverpool, Everton draw blank in derby

Liverpool, Everton draw blank in derby

Liverpool's Loris Karius produced a fine fingertip save when Yannick Bolasie fired in a curling strike from outside the box, with Dejan Lovren heading the corner clear.

The match comes three days before the second leg of their quarter-final against City, into which they will go with a 3-0 lead and as favourites to reach the last four for the first time since 2008.

Revealing his team's tactics for the game, Klopp said that they didn't plan on playing a wild derby and given the cautious approach, the outcome is nothing less than satisfactory. It was very emotional then, but I am not sure we were too lucky because they didn't hit the target but it was unsafe. 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.

Liverpool striker Danny Ings was handed his first start as Juergen Klopp named a stronger lineup than anticipated.

We spoke of course about it but is it then settled? Clean sheet, good defending, but last 20 minutes, we need to play and we didn't do that.

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And despite their healthy league position, that means there is little scope for taking their foot off the pedal when they go to Goodison Park.

"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.

On Nathaniel Clyne's first start of the season... After nine months, playing that game just shows his natural quality in that position.

Ragnar Klavan was also back in the side following a spell on the sidelines with injury, and he was asked to play at left back. I have no clue, it's long ago, before he came to Germany I think and I'm really happy about that performance as well. That's a good football team. If they struggled - I don't know if they see it like that - it was away, but now they have won at Stoke.

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