Jurgen Klopp was criticised in some quarters for rotating his Liverpool squad for the first Merseyside derby of the season at Anfield in December but that didn’t stop him doing the same for the reverse fixture.
With the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final tie against Manchester City looming on Tuesday, the German made five changes for the trip to Goodison Park, leaving key men such as Mo Salah and Andy Robertson out of the matchday 18.
His reward was a 0-0 draw. Liverpool dominated possession against an Everton side who failed to capitalise on the changes made by Klopp as they continued the negative approach unpopular manager Sam Allardyce has preferred in the big games.
Admittedly, Everton could have snatched a late win with as Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun had chances in the closing stages but overall, it was a dour display from the hosts.
Toffeess fans blame Allardyce for yet another abject display and we’ve taken a closer look at the best of the online reaction…
Get that fat gravy drinking slob out of this club. Tactically inept pig! #AllardyceOut out
— Will (@WAJG_96) April 7, 2018
— Adam (@AdAmW__99) April 7, 2018
Allardyce Walsh out
— Ross (@BoardmanRoss) April 7, 2018
— heyçpi (@Arcanunn) April 7, 2018
Terrible again agsint a Liverpool side not even tryimg. Depressing #ALLARDYCEOUT
— TheEvertonGamer (@Rdjnewton85) April 7, 2018
Set up to defend and play for a draw at home in a Derby absolutely pathetic, they didn't even care about this game it was a warm up for midweek
— ThreeFiveTwo Games (@ThreeFiveTwoG) April 7, 2018
Cant wait for this season to be over we played better football with Walter Smith and if Allerdyce is still in charge next year what happened to our ambition??????
— Phil (@philefc38) April 7, 2018
Waiting for Everton to sack Sam like…. pic.twitter.com/LFnkiNb0Yh
— Aaron Langley (@aaaron_langley) April 7, 2018