Liverpool first-teamers missing as Reds start preparation to Merseyside derby

Everton's English manager Sam Allardyce arrives for the English Premier League football match between Everton and Manchester City at Goodison Park in Liverpool north west England on March

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Liverpool were without a whole host of first-team stars as Jurgen Klopp began preparations for Everton - with both Emre Can and Ragnar Klavan still unsighted.

Everton's winless run in the fixture was already the longest in the history of the Merseyside derby and their 17th straight match without a victory over their neighbours extends the run towards an eighth year.

Dominic Solanke sent a header just wide as the Reds dominated but the first meaningful save came from Liverpool keeper Loris Karius who fingertipped a fierce shot from Yannick Bolasie past the post on 23 minutes.

Klopp has the likes of Roberto Firmino and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in reserve should they be required, while youngsters Curtis Jones and Conor Masterson are also named in the squad.

Ings was starting a league match for the first time, incidentally against the same opponents, since Klopp took charge 21/2 years ago, having fought back from two cruciate knee ligament injuries, while 20-year-old striker Solanke was making only his fourth league start for the club.




"I was just happy I got a fingertip on (Bolasie's effort), it's good to get a save like this but the most important was to get the clean sheet".

Sam Allardyce had written in his programme notes about derbies being occasions to be inspired by, but his team lacked spark until the final 10 minutes and gave away the ball too often.

Calvert-Lewin then steered over with only Karius to beat.

"I think it is a fair result, we were better over most of the game and then Everton in the last few minutes had a few exciting moments in our box, which is never a good sign".

Patience was key for the visitors and had Solanke done better on the rare occasions the Everton defence was unlocked they would have gone into the break ahead.

Liverpool had enough chances to get a win but failed to finish when it counted most.

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