Mohamed Salah and Liverpool frustrated as Everton claim derby draw

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Jürgen Klopp beat the Liver bird on his chest in front of Liverpool fans gathered in the Bullens Road stand but the noise that pulsated around Goodison Park after the final whistle emanated elsewhere. Everton’s arduous wait for victory in a Merseyside derby goes on but they found ample compensation in damaging their rivals’ bid for the Premier League title.

On a local level the 233rd Merseyside derby brought solace for Liverpool in terms of extending their unbeaten run to a record 17 matches and closer to the nine-year anniversary of their last defeat by Everton. But Liverpool are not competing on a local level this season, not when a first league championship since 1990 stands tantalisingly on the horizon. By that rarefied standard this represented a dispiriting trip across Stanley Park for Klopp. The comfort belonged to Marco Silva and his committed team who, as the noise levels that greeted an otherwise forgettable goalless draw testified, departed the happier by far.

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Written by Andy Hunter at Goodison Park
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