Jurgen Klopp rang the changes – five in all – to protect his squad for the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final tie against Manchester City when his side made the short trip to Goodison Park for the Merseyside derby.
The Reds are 3-0 up from the first fixture between the two sides but Klopp was in no mood to take any chances with the likes of Mo Salah and Andy Robertson not even included in the matchday squad.
The result was a 0-0 draw in which Liverpool dominated possession, especially in the second half, but struggled to make it count in terms of clear goalscoring chances.
One man who got the nod was Danny Ings, who has had rotten luck with injuries and was starting a Premier League match for the first time since Brendan Rodgers’ last game in charge, also at Goodison.
He looked understandably rusty but Liverpool fans were ruthless in their appraisal of the Englishman’s performance.
We’ve taken a closer look at some of the criticism aimed in the direction of the man valued at £7.2m by Transfermarkt…
Well today again showed what anyone with a brain already knew. Ings isn’t good enough and solanke is nowhere near ready for pl football
— Rob (@RN1LFC) April 7, 2018
Good point away from home without our strongest team, What today showed is we need another forward cos Ings and Solanke aren't good enough. Move on to City now I'll take another 0-0 lol #WeGoAgain #YNWA 👊🔴
— Harold cortes (@CortesH8) April 7, 2018
Solanke and Ings (not his position) have been so poor. Done themselves no favours and in my opinion are very average. We definitely need a new back up striker for Firmino.
— Awal Jibril Jaroon🍂 (@jibril_jaroon) April 7, 2018
Got a little sympathy with Solanke tbh, he got his goal against West Brom and it got disallowed for nothing, he's been unlucky. Ings has to go.
— Danny Brown (@dannybrownlfc) April 7, 2018
He is, but there is hope for him. Ings on other hand is a lost cause. Need to offload him in the summer.
— Karim Shatila (@KarimShatila) April 7, 2018
The only serious point I’m gonna make out that waste of 90 minutes is that Ings and Solanke are not the answer and we need to strengthen our options
— Matthew Jackson (@MattyJJackson) April 7, 2018
Karius excellent again today, Ings & Solanke woeful though. Game was as expected but highlights our squad limitations all the same 👀
— De La Red (@delaredman) April 7, 2018
Next season we can’t have Solanke and Ings as back up strikers. We lack depth in the forward areas.
— Jake (@J1892_) April 7, 2018
Danny Ings is done at pool though. Need someone better 🤔
— Chris Chrasco Chan (@chrischan_77) April 7, 2018
Liverpool need to excel Origi next year, he can be the perfect back up to Firmino and I’d ditch Ings. Solanke on watch…
— La Paisa (@JackGood9) April 7, 2018