Liverpool’s rough start to the 2022/23
Premier League campaign continued as the Reds were held to their third draw of
the season by Everton in an enthralling Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.
Jurgen Klopp’s side were unable to find the back of the net despite having 23
shots in the game as Jordan Pickford’s heroics in goal for Everton frustrated
the visitors. The Toffees even had a chance to take all three points, but Conor
Coady’s second-half goal was ruled out by the VAR for off-side, forcing both
sides to share the spoils and settle with a 0-0 draw.
Darwin Nunez returned to the Liverpool
lineup for this fixture after serving his three-game suspension, replacing
Roberto Firmino in the starting XI, while Fabio Carvalho received his first
League start for the Reds following his stoppage-time winner against Newcastle
Everton entered the derby without a single
victory in their first five games of the season, but Frank Lampard’s side
started as the stronger of the two teams. Neal Maupay and Anthony Gordon tested
Alisson in the Liverpool goal in the opening half-hour before Tom Davies struck
the woodwork with the outside of his boot.
After being subdued for most of the first
half, Liverpool’s best chance came in the 43rd minute. Darwin Nunez’s stunning
volley was expertly tipped onto the bar by Jordan Pickford before Luis Diaz hit
the post from the resulting rebound seconds later. Liverpool grew into the
contest in the second half with Roberto Firmino replacing the injured Fabio
Carvalho, and the Reds forced Jordan Pickford into action on multiple occasions
after the break. The England number one made crucial interventions to deny
Harvey Elliott and Darwin Nunez, as well as two excellent saves against Roberto
Despite being pinned in their half, Everton
retained their threat on the counter-attack, and the Toffees should have taken
the lead when Demarai Gray surged forward following a Liverpool corner. The
winger picked out Neal Maupay in acres of space in the Liverpool box, but the
Frenchman’s effort was aimed directly at Alisson.
The Toffees thought they had the lead three
minutes later when Connor Coady bundled in Maupay’s shot across goal, only for
VAR to show that the defender had drifted off-side. Liverpool had chances of
their own to take the lead, but the Reds couldn’t find a way past Jordan
Pickford, who made another magnificent save in the dying embers of the game,
tipping Mohamed Salah’s shot onto the post.
With this result, Liverpool have gotten off
to their worst Premier League start under Jurgen Klopp – taking nine points in
six matches – and the hopes of a title challenge are already beginning to fade
with Manchester City opening a five-point gap to the Reds.