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Liverpool and Everton fought out a fairly grim 0-0 draw in the Premier League on Saturday morning, keeping the Reds in third.

Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Premier League, Goodison Park
April 7, 2018

Goals: None.


 

Wijnaldum’s dress rehersal

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 7, 2018: Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum and Everton's Morgan Schneiderlin during the FA Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool, the 231st Merseyside Derby, at Goodison Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The biggest positive to come out of the dire draw was undoubtedly Gini Wijnaldum‘s performance as the No. 6, the Reds’ holding midfielder on the day.

With Emre Can still injured and Jordan Henderson suspended, the Dutchman is next in line to take up the role for the second leg against Manchester City.

Thankfully, Wijnaldum passed this test with flying colours, much as he did in pre-season.

He was strong in the tackle, surged forward into the limited spaces available to open up play for his team and was always available covering Everton‘s rare counter-attacks.

Of course there will be far more to deal with at Man City, but this was a promising display in a position of weakness ahead of next week.

Indeed, it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to call this Wijnaldum’s best Premier League performance away from Anfield.

 

Klopp’s experimental system

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 7, 2018: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp before the FA Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool, the 231st Merseyside Derby, at Goodison Park. (Pic by Jason Roberts/Propaganda)

Changes were necessary due to fatigue and injuries, but there were still a few surprises in Jurgen Klopp‘s selected lineup.

Ragnar Klavan at left-back was particularly notable, while Gini Wijnaldum took the No. 6 role despite Jordan Henderson playing—surely with one eye on Tuesday.

Danny Ings‘ first league start under Jurgen Klopp came on the right side of the front…



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