Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Everton on Sunday hoping to complete a league double over their derby rivals for the second time in three seasons. It feels like there's more gears to go into. "We defended well again, probably would've liked to have kept the ball better at times [and] for longer periods, but in the end we've got to take the point and move forward because like I say, Everton's a tough place to come to". But they need to find a way to emerge from a recent slump that has seen them win just four of their past nine league games. They travelled to Manchester City on January 3 with a seven-point lead over Pep Guardiola's team, knowing that a win at the Etihad would move them 10 points clear and as good as end the title race.
The African player of the year, who scored 44 goals in an incredible first season at Anfield, has now scored just once in his last seven games.
Everton's approach was to harry and disrupt Liverpool and they did that task well but struggled to create opportunities with Theo Walcott unable to capitalise on a rare opening, screwing his shot wide.
Marco Silva's side snapped a three-loss streak to beat Cardiff City 2-0 in the Welsh capital on Tuesday, a victory that pushed them above West Ham into ninth place.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: "The Everton fans don't want us to win anything and probably for our fans it's the same".
However, Klopp said whether players were happy or not they had to fall into line.
The pressure was on Liverpool to match Manchester City's inexorable form but Everton were too proud, too determined not to respond defiantly in the 233rd meeting between the sides.
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A stalemate was unfathomable before the game, with Everton sitting ninth in the table, and it leaves a bitter taste for supporters desperate for a league title this season.
"If Liverpool are going to win this league, it's having Van Dijk and having the best defensive record in the Premier League".
"You look and you think 'could they have been more proactive with the substitutions that they made?'".
"I already know what the pundits will say in the studio - situations like today you have to finish it off", Klopp said. You have to be ready for the fight of the second ball.
"I believe 100 per cent in our chances". The wind was coming from all directions and did not help anybody.
"Not ideal but good enough - getting a point from Everton is always a success because it is our most hard away game of the season".