Liverpool are lamenting more dropped points in the Premier League after being held to a Merseyside derby stalemate by Everton. Despite a lack of goals, Saturday’s 242nd edition of one of English football’s best rivalries was certainly not left wanting for excitement, with Jordan Pickford in sensational form to seal a well-earned point for the hosts at Goodison Park.
The England goalkeeper produced several stunning saves, including many to thwart substitute Roberto Firmino, tipping the returning Darwin Nunez’s volley onto the crossbar and crucially getting fingertips to a last-gasp Mo Salah strike that hit the post. Luis Diaz also rattled the woodwork for Liverpool, while Tom Davies hit the frame of the goal in the first half.
Conor Coady thought he had finally broken the deadlock after the interval as he finished off debutant Neal Maupay’s shot from close range, only for the Wolves loanee to see his first Everton goal ruled out for offside by the VAR. Follow Everton vs Liverpool reaction LIVE with Standard Sport’s blog below!
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GOAAA..NO! Coady effort ruled out for offside
Goalless at half-time in Merseyside derby
WOODWORK! Pickford denies Nunez before Diaz chance
WOODWORK! Davies hits post with outside of boot
Everton FC 0 - 0 Liverpool FC
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Everton 0-0 Liverpool
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95 mins: WOODWORK AGAIN!
Liverpool slice through Everton like a hot knife through butter and Salah’s low drive gets the slightest of touches by Pickford’s fingertips before rattling the base of the post.
That will have to go down as another stunning Pickford stop.
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94 mins: Time is running out at Goodison as Liverpool try in vain to find a last-gasp winner that would send that away end into pandemonium.
Pickford is awarded man of the match honours.
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91 mins: Everton counter at speed and Gray’s shot ends up being well held by Alisson.
Gueye goes down but the game won’t be stopped. He quickly bounces up to his feet.
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90 mins: FIVE minutes of added time signalled at Goodison.
Still time for somebody to make themselves a derby hero...
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87 mins: Pickford saves again!
It’s a quite ridiculous cross with the outside of the left boot from Salah, Firmino makes firm contact after the bounce and the England goalkeeper gets down smartly to his right to parry.
What a performance from Pickford in this second half.
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85 mins: Five minutes to go and both goalkeepers are still on top.
This thrilling second half deserves a goal.
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83 mins: Alisson saves!
McNeil’s curled effort looks to deflect off both Van Dijk and Milner, but the Brazilian moves his feet quickly and is in position to tip over.
A fine stop from the Brazilian.
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81 mins: Onana is down again for Everton after that painful blow from Van Dijk.
But he’ll continue as Gordon makes way for McNeil.
Into the final 10 minutes plus stoppage time at Goodison.
Is there a late twist in the tale to come?!
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78 mins: More pressure from Everton leads to nothing as we close in on the final 10 minutes of a fascinating derby at Goodison.
Matip and Jota replace Elliott and Nunez.
Dwight McNeil is also going to be introduced by Lampard.
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76 mins: Van Dijk becomes the second player to have his name taken as he goes in high and late on Onana.
A painful one for the Belgian, who is very slow getting up. That was a bit naughty, a painful blow on top of the foot.
Matip and Jota are preparing to come on for Liverpool.
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74 mins: Iwobi almost plays in Maupay as Everton continue to turn the screw here.
Liverpool are comfortably second best as things stand.
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72 mins: Still fast and furious stuff with less than 20 minutes of this derby to play.
Nunez is clattered and there’s a bit of fun and games between Scotland team-mates Robertson and Patterson.
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69 mins: Goodison Park erupts as Coady turns home Maupay’s low effort from close range!
This is very tight and will be checked for offside by the VAR.
Coady’s shoulder may be offside.
Yep, offside. Fractionally.
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68 mins: Stellar defending from Gomez, who tracks Gordon well and diverts his shot wide for an Everton corner after the Chelsea target was played in by Maupay.
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66 mins: There’s barely time to draw breath here, with Maupay looking certain to score as Everton flood forward with numbers.
But he fires straight at Alisson when it looked easier to hit the back of the net.
What a chance for the debutant.
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64 mins: Chances at both ends - and a TRIPLE save by Pickford!
Firmino’s deflected strike is stopped, as well as a free header from a corner.
Fabinho’s effort is also repelled by the inspired England goalkeeper.
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62 mins: A second Everton debut now for deadline-day signing Idrissa Gueye, who replaces Davies.
Everton are growing in confidence as Patterson’s effort is almost deflected in by Van Dijk.
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60 mins: Everton are picking up the pace as we hit the hour mark, with Gordon running directly at Milner, with his cut-back towards Davies turned behind by Van Dijk.
The corner is hopeless, however.
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58 mins: Liverpool are absolutely gifted a corner by Everton but Van Dijk can’t steer his header on target.
Milner and Robertson are now on, with Tsimikas and Alexander-Arnold making way.
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56 mins: Andy Robertson and James Milner are both imminent for Liverpool as Iwobi slices a very ambitious strike high and wide from range.
Onana tidying up effectively at the back again for Everton.
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54 mins: Coady gets his clearance all wrong from a Salah cross and Nunez is sharp with an effort that is held by Pickford.
Liverpool maintain their second-half pressure, with a near-post cross headed behind by Coady.
Everton clear the latest corner, but Liverpool are quickly back to dominating possession once more.
They are completely controlling this contest now.
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52 mins: Liverpool are swiftly back on the attack, with Tsimikas’ whipped left-footed corner repelled by the head of Tarkowski.
The ball is pumped straight back into the mixer, but it’s overhit and easily gathered by Pickford.
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50 mins: Acrobatic from Maupay, who sends an overhead kick onto the roof of the net after being fed by Iwobi.
We’ve picked up from where we left off at the end of the first half. Lively stuff in the second period so far.
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49 mins: The Everton penalty area is under siege early in this second half.
Nunez’s ambitious drive is blocked by Patterson before Pickford gets a crucial touch to Elliott’s dangerous volley with Firmino lurking.
Tsimikas then tries to pick out the top corner but fires his effort too high.
Everton need to wake up.
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46 mins: Tsimikas thunders forward from left-back, sliding in Diaz, who cuts inside and fires a low pass to Nunez.
However, the Uruguayan’s shot is all wrong as he miscues well wide.
The offside flag was raised anyway.
Second half underway
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No, it’s Firmino who is stripped off and coming on for Carvalho at half-time.
An embrace from Klopp before he enters the fray.
The Brazilian is in form, but Liverpool are now going to be even lighter in midfield. How much more attacking can this team get?!
No changes from Everton. Second half underway!
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I wonder if we might see Arthur Melo in the second half.
Fabio Carvalho was not moving well after that yellow-card foul by Onana.
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And breathe! A feisty first half in the 242nd edition of the Merseyside derby ends goalless.
That is despite the woodwork being rattled no fewer than three times, by Davies, Diaz and via Pickford’s superb flying save to deny Nunez.
All to play for after the break. Don’t go anywhere! This game is very nicely poised indeed.
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Everton 0-0 Liverpool
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45 mins: Two minutes of added time signalled at the end of an initially slow first half that has now ramped right up in terms of intensity and chances.
Superb anticipation from Alexander-Arnold to thwart Maupay after neat football from Everton on the edge of the Reds’ box.
Watch: Liverpool hit woodwork twice before half-time
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So close for Liverpool! 😯
Jordan Pickford makes a wonderful save to deny Darwin Núñez, before Luis Díaz rattles the post. pic.twitter.com/h1A7tybfGK
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 3, 2022
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44 mins: Onana in discomfort now while I very much doubt you will see Carvalho for the second half.
Liverpool pressing hard for the opening goal before the interval.
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42 mins: Liverpool hit the woodwork TWICE in a matter of moments!
First, it’s a world-class save from Pickford to tip Nunez’s powerful volley onto the frame of the goal after the Uruguayan chests down a long pass into the right channel and lets fly.
That’s the sort of service he needs.
But the danger is still not averted for Everton, with Diaz cutting inside and firing his own effort against the post.
Wow. How close can you get?!
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39 mins: Carvalho, who might have a dead leg, limps off before gingerly re-entering the fray.
He’ll have five minutes to prove his fitness or might be subbed at the break.
Another half-chance for Liverpool as Nunez gets high above Davies to meet Salah’s delivery, but his header is well off target.
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37 mins: Referee Taylor has been content to keep his cards in his pocket despite plenty of little fouls in this feisty first half.
However, Everton’s Onana is now in the book for chopping down Carvalho, who stays on the floor in some discomfort.
He’ll require treatment. Not another injury blow for Liverpool.
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34 mins: Liverpool have been very quiet but this is a better spell 10 minutes before the break, with an impressive defensive header from Coady under big pressure inside the six-yard box.
The unusually subdued Salah is trying to get more involved by peeling wide on that right flank.
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31 mins: Everton hit the post!
They get multiple bites at the cherry after Liverpool can’t clear their lines following Gordon’s heavy challenge on Diaz on the edge of the Liverpool area.
It’s all frantic inside the box and Maupay is initially denied by Van Dijk before an inventive effort from Davies with the outside of his right boot smashes back off the woodwork.
What a finish that would have been.
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29 mins: A long ball into the box from Everton is overhit before Elliott opts to try and release Alexander-Arnold down the right flank instead of finding Salah, with the offside flag then raised.
Chances at a premium as we approach the half-hour mark.
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26 mins: Both sets of players need to calm down a little here, there are a lot of silly fouls being committed - including that one by Gordon on Tsimikas - that are ratcheting up the atmosphere and adding plenty of needle.
A Liverpool free-kick is whipped in and Diaz gets a little toe to it, but Pickford makes a comfortable save.
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24 mins: A lot of small fouls disrupting the rhythm of this derby at the moment, including one from Tsimikas right in front of Klopp.
Gray and Gordon switch flanks for Everton, with the former brought down by Gomez as he races forward. It’s surely a free-kick, but the refere says no - much to the fury of the home fans.
The Toffees supporters are bang up for this, as you might expect, baying for every decision.
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22 mins: Gray’s low corner is ushered away towards Diaz, with Gordon brilliantly maneuvering a sharp snapshot around the Colombian that is well held by Alisson.
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This banner was also visible at Goodison during the tribute to Olivia Pratt-Korbel.
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20 mins: Half-hearted appeals for an Everton penalty after a low cross is blocked by the sliding Tsimikas. Nothing given.
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18 mins: It’s all a bit scrappy and untidy, with Everton defending resolutely as Elliott’s outside-of-the-boot cross is headed clear.
But Liverpool win it back and Alexander-Arnold does very well to send in a deep cross from the byline.
Nunez gets up above Patterson at the back post, but his miscued header is well wide.
That was a chance! Liverpool’s first of the afternoon.
Watch: Fans pay tribute to Olivia Pratt-Korbel
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Everton and Liverpool supporters come together in memory of the late Olivia Pratt-Korbel 💙❤️ pic.twitter.com/TfosxDaVEf
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 3, 2022
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15 mins: Both teams are lacking that final ball and touch just at the moment, with Alisson and Jordan Pickford alert.
Alexander-Arnold flights forward an inviting pass down the right channel for Diaz, who tries to meet it before Pickford but ends up heading the ball out of play for a goal kick.
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12 mins: The first flashpoint of the afternoon is between Patterson and Diaz, who tussle and pull each other’s shirts before a little swing of the arm from the Colombian.
The Everton fans demand punishment, but it’s just a ticking off for both players from Anthony Taylor.
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10 mins: Fabinho was winded after a clash with Tom Davies just before that Maupay chance, but he seems okay to continue.
Everton look to be really warming up to this derby contest now after a sluggish opening dominated by the visitors.
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9 mins: As the clock hits nine minutes, both sets of fans stand up and join together to remember Olivia Pratt-Korbel, the nine-year-old girl who was tragically killed after a gunman chased a man into her home in Liverpool in August.
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8 mins: Much better from Everton!
Maupay rolls a low, deflected scuffed shot wide of the far post after a loose pass from Elliott put Liverpool in all sorts of trouble.
That was good work from Gray, who had moments before just missed Maupay with a right-wing cross after a fine pass from Coady.
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6 mins: Liverpool are well on top, with the trio of Alexander-Arnold, Elliott and Salah causing plenty of problems down that right flank, with a cross from the byline repelled.
Everton then break forward on a rare early counter, with Onana inside the box but his low ball is easily gathered by Alisson.
Better from the hosts, who surely cannot afford to just sit off and let their rivals dictate play throughout. They aren’t good enough at the back to play like that, to put it bluntly.
Anthony Gordon pushed over by Fabinho in the middle of the park.
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4 mins: The livewire debutant Maupay tries to provide an outball for Everton as Liverpool dominate the early exchanges and possession at Goodison.
They are keeping the ball very nicely, as you might expect.
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3 mins: Liverpool look to impose themselves early, earning a swift corner as they attack the Gwladys Street end in this first half.
A poor delivery is scrambled clear, with Tsimikas’ hopeful drive well blocked as Everton do eventually get it away.
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1 min: A fizzing, frenetic start amid a stellar atmosphere.
The BT Sport cameras show that there are still plenty of Liverpool fans queuing to get into the away end.
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The 242nd edition of the Merseyside derby is underway!
Who will claim bragging rights at Goodison?
The atmosphere is superb as referee Anthony Taylor gets us off and running.
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Here come the teams to the familiar sound of the Z-Cars theme at a bouncing Goodison.
A sea of blue and white flags on what is a grey and overcast September day on Merseyside, with the floodlights already on and puncturing the gloom.
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Final preparations at a buzzing Goodison!
Kick-off in the first Merseyside derby of the season is less than 10 minutes away.
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Duncan Ferguson is on pundit duty for BT Sport this afternoon and is being treated to a fantastic reception by the Goodison faithful.
A crackling atmosphere already with 15 minutes until kick-off.
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You’ve got to say that is an extremely attacking lineup from Liverpool, with the full-backs bombing on and Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho pushing ahead of Fabinho.
Darwin Nunez, Mo Salah and Luis Diaz is then quite some formidable front trio.
The Reds could run riot if Everton are not bang up for this from the first whistle.
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Some atmosphere outside Goodison today, as you might expect...
Maupay replaces McNeil for Everton debut
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A Merseyside derby debut for Everton new boy Neal Maupay - talk about a baptism of fire!
The former Brighton and Brentford striker replaces Dwight McNeil in Frank Lampard’s only change from the 1-1 draw with Leeds in midweek.
The returning Idrissa Gueye is on the bench, but there’s no James Garner just yet.
Andre Gomes has now left for Lille and teenager Reece Welch also drops out of the matchday squad.
Three changes for Liverpool as Nunez leads line
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So Darwin Nunez does return to lead the Liverpool attack after suspension, with midweek match-winner Fabio Carvalho also coming in along with Kostas Tsimikas.
Jordan Henderson obviously drops out due to injury and Andy Robertson is only a substitute, while Roberto Firmino drops out.
Arthur Melo is on the bench after receiving his international clearance today.
Diogo Jota returns to the matchday squad as expected, with Curtis Jones - who had only recently returned to fitness himself - not involved at all.
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Everton XI: Pickford, Patterson, Coady, Tarkowski, Mykolenko, Davies, Onana, Iwobi, Maupay, Gray, Gordon
Subs: Keane, Allan, McNeil, Begovic, Coleman, Gueye, Ruben Vinagre, Rondon, Mills
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Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Tsimikas, Fabinho, Carvalho, Elliott, Salah, Nunez, Diaz
Subs: Milner, Firmino, Adrian, Jota, Robertson, Arthur, Matip, Bajcetic, Phillips
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Official lineups coming up!
BREAKING: Arthur Melo CAN play this afternoon
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Forget what I said about Arthur Melo not being involved today!
Liverpool have just tweeted, 15 minutes before official lineups are due to drop to say that the Brazilian midfielder’s international clearance HAS come through in time for him to feature after all.
I expect he’ll be an option from the bench for Klopp.
.@arthurhromelo is set to be named in our squad for today’s Merseyside derby with Everton.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 3, 2022
Klopp excited by Arthur Melo deal
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He’s not expected to be available today, but Arthur Melo’s arrival from Juventus on a deadline-day loan has excited Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp - despite what many underwhelmed Reds fans have said.
"What does he bring? He's a really good footballer – I think we all agree on that,” Klopp said yesterday.
"He had a very exciting career already and still pretty young, so in the best age for a footballer or coming into the best age for a footballer.
"He gives rhythm, he can give rhythm, he's a really good passer, has speed with the ball, safe on the ball and, how I said, can demand rhythm, which is pretty important, really good in tight areas – all these kind of things. I like it a lot.
"And now, of course, it's like this, 'Why can you loan a player like this? Because it didn't work out 100 per cent at Juventus.' But I see that rather as a positive because the potential is, for sure, still there.
"We play obviously different to Juve and we all thought that could fit pretty well, so that's why I'm really pleased."
Lampard: We have to match Liverpool’s passion
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Everton’s record in Merseyside derbies over recent years is not good, to put it kindly.
They have only won one of the last 23 meetings in the Premier League - their shock 2-0 win at Anfield last February - and have not defeated Liverpool in a top-flight contest at Goodison since October 2010.
Everton only had one shot on target during a limp 2-0 loss at Anfield in April and Frank Lampard should be targeting a more ambitious approach this afternoon.
“I was fortunate enough to take part in a lot of London derbies, but when you’re talking about a city like Liverpool and what it means to both clubs...The city is so 50/50 and it ramps up the intensity of the game and what it means to the fans,” he said.
“It’s my first at Goodison Park and we have to match the passion they will turn up with.
“We know Liverpool very well. They are a class act on the pitch, there will be some similarities with how Leeds set up in their intensity and we have to face that.
“We should have more points but the feeling is we are getting better and better.”
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A great picture from Michael Regan and Getty Images that shows just how close Goodison and Anfield really are, separated only by Stanley Park...
Lampard: Gordon ‘never close’ to leaving Everton
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Anthony Gordon should start as usual for Everton today and the hosts will be buoyed that their beloved academy graduate remains on board after multiple offers from Chelsea were snubbed before deadline day.
Frank Lampard played hardball with his former club and insisted yesterday that the winger was never close to leaving Goodison.
“It never got close to happening,” he said.
“That is great because it has shown where we are coming from and it shows where Anthony is mentally as a player and we move on. We are happy.”
Klopp ‘pretty sure’ Nunez won’t hit out again
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Jurgen Klopp says he did speak to Darwin Nunez after his actions against Palace, but was eager not to chastise him too much as he adapts to the rough and tumble of Premier League football, having received advice from the likes of compatriot Luis Suarez.
He is also sure that Nunez would not react if provoked by any Everton players at Goodison this afternoon.
“He is a wonderful young man, honestly, but he has emotions as well,” Klopp said. “So making a mistake, we didn’t speak for the full 15 days to him about it telling him, ‘you have to calm down’.
“I think Luis Suarez told him, I’m not sure they spoke privately but probably they did via news and using some media. That will happen but it happens to others as well, that’s how it is, you just have to ignore it and use it.
“It was a lot that came together for the boy, it is all new, it was has first home game, a lot of excitement, the emotional level you go into a game is already high, you don’t need to be a bit too emotional.
“The two weeks helped for sure, you can see it. Will it never happen again? I don’t know, but I am pretty sure nothing will happen in the next game.”
Klopp: Nunez must use targeting to his advantage
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The hot-headed Darwin Nunez has made himself a target for opposition centre-backs with his inexplicable headbutt at Anfield last month.
While he should return to the starting lineup today, Jurgen Klopp has urged the Uruguayan to keep his cool and use such treatment to his advantage.
“Our ideas and how we want to think in these situations is that we pay back with football, and that is how it is,” he said.
“I don’t think (James) Tarkowski and (Conor) Coady are famous for too much this kind of talking during the game. Most of the things he doesn’t understand anyway, but you don’t have to be too creative with it.
“I don’t think the two boys are like this, but who knows? We will see.
“If Darwin plays then he has to be ready for these things, definitely, that is clear, but when a player is talking to you a lot or is really physical, then he is not in his own game, and he (Nunez) has to use these kind of moments as well.
“If the other one is too busy wanting to distract him, you just have to use it from a football point of view.
“For the Crystal Palace game, when the defender is searching for this constant contact, then go from there and you decide when you start the movement, these kind of things.”
Everton vs Liverpool prediction
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Neither team have been at their best so far this season, but Liverpool certainly have the quality to overcome Frank Lampard’s side.
Liverpool to win, 2-0.
Early Liverpool team news
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Darwin Nunez is available for Liverpool today after serving his three-match suspension following a red card for headbutting Crystal Palace defender Joachim Andersen at Anfield last month.
However, captain Jordan Henderson is facing time out after limping off against Newcastle with a hamstring injury.
Liverpool signed Arthur Melo on loan from Juventus on deadline day, but Jurgen Klopp was not expecting the Brazilian midfielder’s international clearance to come through in time to be involved today.
Diogo Jota is back for the Reds, but Thiago Alcantara, Ibrahima Konate, Naby Keita, Caoimhin Kelleher, Calvin Ramsayand Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all still in the treatment room.
Early Everton team news
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Neal Maupay was ineligible to play against Leeds in midweek but should make his Everton debut today, while the returning Idrissa Gana Gueye and James Garner - both deadline day signings - will also hope to be in contention.
Andros Townsend, Yerry Mina, Ben Godfrey and Mason Holgate are all still sidelined, however.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin is expected back in training next week, while Abdoulaye Doucoure did so yesterday after hamstring trouble.
How to watch Everton vs Liverpool
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TV channel: In the UK, today’s derby will be broadcast live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate, with coverage beginning at 11:30am BST.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will also be able to watch the game unfold online live via the BT Sport app.
Welcome to Everton vs Liverpool LIVE coverage!
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Good morning and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of the 242nd edition of the Merseyside derby!
Liverpool make the quick trip across Stanley Park to Goodison this afternoon looking for a third straight win after that record-equalling 9-0 mauling of newly-promoted Bournemouth and last-gasp defeat of Newcastle at Anfield helped them bounce back from the loss at Manchester United.
Another victory today would take them up to third behind Manchester City in the early table, with Pep Guardiola’s men facing Aston Villa later and pacesetters Arsenal at Old Trafford tomorrow.
Everton’s recent record in these derbies is pitiful and they face a difficult task to pick up a first win of the season under Frank Lampard after three successive 1-1 draws.
Kick-off today is at 12:30pm BST, so stay tuned for match build-up, all the latest team news and live updates.