Three things we learned from Liverpool’s trip to Everton

In years gone by you’d look at the fixture list at the start of the season to see when the big games came. Man United v Liverpool, Arsenal v Spurs, Liverpool v Everton. It didn’t, matter who you supported, these games mattered to everyone. They were just big.

But today’s Merseyside derby was big for other reasons. It was big for Liverpool because defeat would have piled yet more pressure on a beleaguered Brendan Rodgers. Both sides were looking for a win to boost their league position, with both stuck in mid table.

It was an interesting game, but it never threw up what we hoped for in a derby of this size. It was about as even as it could be – in possession stats, shots on target and the one that matters, goals.

Danny Ings put Liverpool ahead only for Romelu Lukaku to equalise – a point apiece was probably fair.

Merseyside Derby not what it used to be

In years gone by it was blood and thunder. There are more red cards in Everton v Liverpool than in any other fixture in the Premier League. The days of Steven Gerrard going hell for leather, Duncan Ferguson giving as good as he got – and more!

There’s a reason derbies are special, but it’s lost some of it’s edge.

Both teams came into the game in similar league positions – and both towards the mid table. The most heated the game got was when Sakho and Lukaku squared up. As scary as that would be for anyone standing between those two, it wasn’t ever going to boil over.

The game finished 1-1, and that was probably fair – it never threatened much else.

Simon Mignolet is actually a decent keeper!

Article title: Three things we learned from Liverpool’s trip to Everton

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