It remains exciting in the English Premier League – at least a little: FC Liverpool missed the chance to move even closer to the championship title and failed to win five of the last seven compulsory matches. At the re-start, Jürgen Klopp’s team did not convince at city neighbour FC Everton – and also lost two players injured.
Sadio Mané couldn’t wait to get started again. When all the players knelt down on the grass before the kick-off as a sign against racism, the goalkeeper sprinted off. But Liverpool rarely showed such a vital performance at Everton on Sunday evening in the 90 minutes that followed – and returned from the football break with a lucky 0-0.
The 236th Merseyside Derby was the first one without spectators, and the Liverpool pros had to change in a container in the parking lot. The football match in the first half was not exactly luxurious either: with many inaccuracies and misunderstandings, both teams could not hide the more than 100-day break.
The Reds had their best chances before the break with a header from Matip (30) and a low shot from Firmino (34). Bitter for coach Klopp: Milner had to go out with thigh problems in the 42nd minute – and central defender Gomez had to help out as left-back.
Klopp then re-started with Oxlade-Chamberlain (46), soon followed by Origi and Wijnaldum (65); and although his team increased the pressure, they did not find their line with the new players. When Matip, in his first league start since October, suffered a foot injury and had to be replaced by Lovren (73), the Premier League leader of the standings was in real trouble. Everton suddenly came close to taking the lead when Alisson saved against Calvert-Lewin’s heel finish (80) as well as Richarlison (82).
In the end, Liverpool had to be very happy with the 0-0 score, and now, if Manchester City wins over Burnley (Monday) and Chelsea (Thursday), Liverpool can become Premier League champions Thursday, 02. July, at the earliest: at Manchester City.
The next match for FC Liverpool will be at Anfield Stadium against Crystal Palace Wednesday, 24 June. Our prediction is a close 2-1 win for the Reds. What do you think? Get in on the action and make your prediction!