Jurgen Klopp hailed the performance of several players in the Merseyside derby draw who have seen very little game time between them this season.
Injuries, rotations and the need to balance fitness of key men meant Liverpool took to the field against Everton with a side very different to the usual 11.
Neither managed to score and indeed their performances were not the best from a technical standpoint, but Klopp took into account their lack of game time in his post-game press conference.
For Ings, it was a first start in two-and-a-half years, just before Klopp himself arrived as boss.
“It’s easy to judge it, it was not Danny Ings’ best game… that was most importantly physical, the highest level he could play for ages.
“And together with Dom [Solanke], they didn’t play together often so it’s not that they know exactly ‘when I go left, you go right’ or whatever, that’s all difficult.
“We spoke of course about it but is it then settled? Of course not. I am completely happy. The job was to work hard and enjoy the game, really, and then get a result and they were like this.
“Ingsy maybe started the emotional period of the game with a little…