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.
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…