Didn't Go To Everton For Wild Derby - Jurgen Klopp Happy With Draw

Everton's Irish defender Seamus Coleman controls the ball with Stoke City's Egyptian midfielder Ramadan Sobhi follows during the English Premier League football match between Stoke

Everton's Irish defender Seamus Coleman controls the ball with Stoke City's Egyptian midfielder Ramadan Sobhi follows during the English Premier League football match between Stoke

Liverpool FC were 3-0 winners against Premier League leaders Manchester City in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday night. His five changes to the team for the 231st Merseyside derby showed where his priorities lay.

Everton started more positively but it was the visitors who went close to opening the scoring when Dominic Solanke headed just wide on 12 minutes.

In the 69th minute, Liverpool substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain nearly got the opener as he picked up the ball and burst towards goal only to see his effort go just over the bar. The Englishman was making his first start of the season after recovering from injury.

Liverpool started with Ragnar Klavan out of position at left-back, yet the Icelandic worldwide was barely tested throughout the contest.

But there are certainly reasons to be cheerful ahead of Tuesday's arrival at the Etihad, and with a raft of changes expected as Klopp bids for the semi-finals, Liverpool will look to build on those.

Presented with two good chances in the first 16 minutes, he took neither.

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His shot-stopping has rarely been in question, and he produced a fine flying save late in the half to turn away a shot from Milner, who had cut in from the left.

When the first Everton sub did arrive on the hour it did not go down well, as Wayne Rooney made his frustration known to boss Sam Allardyce and quickly made his way down the tunnel, before later returning to the subs' bench. That said, Liverpool beat Man City in the league in January, before losing to then-bottom-placed Swansea in their next match.

Everton's winless run in the fixture was already the longest in the history of the Merseyside derby and their 17th straight match without a victory over their neighbours extends the run towards an eighth year.

However, by then it was far too little too late, and Everton could only manage to pick up a 0-0 draw.

For Liverpool James Milner was peppering the goal area with crosses and shots - with Klavan behind him he had plenty of freedom to get himself forward.