Everton 0-0 Liverpool
Premier League, Goodison Park
April 7, 2018
Wijnaldum’s dress rehersal
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.
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
Changes were necessary due to fatigue and injuries, but there were still a few surprises in Jurgen Klopp‘s selected lineup.