The media felt Liverpool did what was required and were impressed with Gini Wijnaldum in the 0-0 Merseyside derby draw at Everton on Saturday.

Following another special European night with derby-day success at Goodison Park just proved one step too far for Jurgen Klopp’s injury-ravaged Reds.

It was a low-key derby played in a strangely subdued atmosphere, but the point was a useful one given the circumstances and at least ensured the unbeaten run against the Blues was extended.

Thoughts instantly turn to Tuesday’s make-or-break clash at the Etihad Stadium, but before that, here’s what the media made of the bore draw in Liverpool.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 7, 2018: Liverpools Danny Ings and Jordan Henderson talks to the referee Michael Oliverduring the FA Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool, the 231st Merseyside Derby, at Goodison Park. (Pic by Jason Roberts/Propaganda)

The media felt the Reds did a professional job navigating the unwanted derby as smoothly as possible…

The Liverpool Echo’s James Pearce praised Klopp’s depleted side for a “gutsy effort” which ensured forward momentum and belief was maintained:

“Considering the personnel on duty, Jurgen Klopp could reflect on a gutsy effort from a heavily depleted line up at a rain-soaked Goodison.

“The Reds will march on to the Etihad for their crunch Champions League quarter-final second leg on Tuesday night with momentum maintained. A tricky hurdle has been cleared and belief remains intact.”

The Independent’s Jonathan Liew was among the journalists to assess a point gained and avoiding any more injuries made for a pleasing if unspectacular afternoon:

“As for Liverpool, they will at least be glad to have emerged…

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