Jurgen Klopp praised Jordan Pickford after the Everton keeper denied Liverpool and gave the Toffees a point in the Merseyside derby.
Pickford made a series of saves – from Darwin Nunez, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah – to frustrate Liverpool in an eventful but goalless derby at Goodison Park.
Everton midfielder Tom Davies and Liverpool striker Nunez both hit the woodwork in the first half and Luis Diaz suffered the same fate after the break, while Pickford also tipped a Salah strike against the post in the final seconds.
Former Liverpool defender Conor Coady thought he had scored a second-half winner when he turned Neal Maupay’s try home, but the goal was disallowed for offside after a VAR review.
The goalless draw means Liverpool are down nine points this season and remain six behind Premier League leaders Arsenal, who have their game in hand tomorrow.
Everton, meanwhile, remain in the relegation zone but are buoyed by their performance against arch-rivals Liverpool.
Reds boss Klopp said: “It was a real derby, super intense and full of really spectacular moments.
“I think we hit the post three times and there were some incredible saves from Pickford – wow, what can you do?
‘In this game, an easy and flowing game is not possible. You have to dig deep, we did that. A 0-0 draw sounds strange, but that’s about it.
“It was a super intensive week for us. We had a really tough game that went to the end [against Newcastle on Wednesday]then you play here a few days later.
“If you open with a goal, the situation can be different. I don’t know how many derbies I’ve had now – quite a lot – but it’s always difficult here.”
Everton manager Frank Lampard was also full of praise for Pickford after the Merseyside derby, saying: “I thought we were brilliant. It’s one of the best 0-0s you’re likely to see.
‘Pickford have made some great saves, you need your goalkeeper to be in games like this. He nailed a few things today that a lot of goalies don’t understand and Allison did the same, two top-flight goalies.
“I relied a lot on Jordan, he’s a great goalkeeper and we’re lucky to have a player at this level.
“It was a real game with two teams attacking each other. I can’t fault the players and the spirit. We played well, we’re getting better.
“I always say the same thing. We’re not just becoming the team we want to be.
“We’re trying to build up. You have to find staff and work on the training ground. It feels like those wins are coming.
“We feel like we deserve more – although maybe not today. The fans see a team fighting for the badge and giving it their all. That makes me proud.”
As Liverpool’s frustrating start to the season at Goodison Park continued, Virgil van Dijk sought to capitalize on the derby stalemate.
“Obviously they had a couple of chances and an offside goal,” he said. “They had two good saves from Alisson, I think we had a little bit more [chances] as the.
“I think we should have won. It feels like we lost two points. We wanted to stay calm. They wanted to be aggressive, feed the crowd.
“We had to stay cool and play side to side quickly because the gaps between the lines were so big. Sometimes we did, sometimes we didn’t and caused unnecessary problems.
“We changed the system a bit [at half-time] but it’s still the same principles. Sometimes things went well, but sometimes we could have done better.
“It feels like we’ve lost points here, but it’s still early in the season. We have to stick together, focus on winning games and take it step by step. A goal wasn’t a bad thing at that point either.’
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