Liverpool-Everton Live: Steven Gerrard’s Last Merseyside Derby Ends Goal-Less

Final, 0-0: It’s all over at Goodison Park. The game ends in a goal-less draw.

The Reds and the Toffees share the spoils from the 224th Merseyside derby, playing a competitive, but goal-less, draw. Liverpool had advantages over Everton in possession, territory and chances created but lacked the sharpness in the final third to score on Joel. The impressive Ibe came closest when he hit the post in the first half. Sterling could have done better with his chances in the second.

Everton will be content with the result but disappointed with the performance. The Blues offered little going forward and didn’t test Mignolet until the 87th minute. Pressure on Martinez only will grown after the drab outing against Everton’s neighbors.

It’s the latest draw in the Merseyside derby.

Liverpool remains seventh in the standings with 39 points after 24 games. Everton is stuck in 12th place with 27 points from 24 games.

Liverpool returns to action Tuesday when it hosts Tottenham Hotspur in a Premier League game at Anfield.

That’s all for now and thanks for joining us. Let’s discuss this one on Twitter @NESNsoccer and Facebook. Be sure to keep an eye out for some news, fan reactions, analysis and opinion that is on the way on NESN.com.

Postgame anaylsis of Liverpool-Everton >>

90th minute, 0-0: There will be a minimum of three minutes of stoppage time in the second half.

88th minute, 0-0: Liverpool has another chance on the counter-attack. Sturridge slides a pass to Gerrard at the top of the Everton penalty area, but the Liverpool captain side-foots his shot wide of Joel’s goal.

87th minute, 0-0: Barkley sends a cross-field pass to Coleman, who shoots on goal. The shot deflects off of Sakho, and Mignolet spectacularly saves it away.

86th minute, 0-0: Everton makes its final substitution. Alcaraz enters. Besic exits.

85th minute, 0-0: Everton replaces Naismith with Barkley.

84th minute, 0-0: Gerrard flicks a pass to Lambert, who turns and shoots on goal. Joel saves Lambert’s shot.

82nd minute, 0-0: Liverpool makes its final substitution. Lambert replaces Sterling.

79th minute, 0-0: The referee cautions Besic for his role in the chaos.

79th minute, 0-0: The referee cautions both Naismith and Henderson.

78th minute, 0-0: There’s some pushing and shoving between Naismith, Henderson and a host of others.

Besic and Ibe collided in the air. Besic kicked out at Ibe, who walked away. Henderson rushed to the aid of his young teammate, and Naismith grabbed Henderson.

77th minute, 0-0: Lennon slices a shot wide of Mignolet’s goal in his first meaningful involvement.

72nd minute, 0-0: The referee cautions Oviedo for a mistimed tackle on Ibe.

70th minute, 0-0: A scramble inside Everton’s penalty area ends with Moreno firing a shot into the crowd.

67th minute, 0-0: The teams still are struggling to establish a rhythm to their respective play, making the game a back-and-forth affair with no end product.

60th minute, 0-0: Everton is making its first substitution. Lennon enters. Mirallas exits.

Lennon is making his Everton debut, having joined the club on loan from Tottenham on transfer deadline day (Monday).

The substitution comes at the tail end of a sustained spell of possession by Liverpool.

55th minute, 0-0: Sturridge replaces Coutinho in Liverpool’s second substitution of the game.

Sturridge plays as the lone striker. Sterling and Gerrard are lined up underneath Sturridge, while Ibe stays out wide on the right.

53rd minute, 0-0: Gerrard nearly hits the target with a spectacular scissor kick. An Everton player blocked Gerrard’s effort.

53rd minute, 0-0: Coutinho slips a pass forward to Sterling, who shoots off Joel’s knees instead of cutting it back to Gerrard.

51st minute, 0-0: Barry turns the ball over in the midfield, and Coutinho races forward on the counter. He passes to Sterling, who shoots from inside Everton’s penalty area. Joel saves Sterling’s shot without giving up a rebound.

49th minute, 0-0: Mirallas shoots a free kick wide of Mignolet’s goal.

46th minute, 0-0: The second half is underway.

Halftime, 0-0: That’s the end of the first half.

The Reds and the Toffees are deadlocked so far at Goodison Park. The teams played fast and hard, as expected, but failed to muster the necessary quality to breach the opposing defense. Ibe came closest when he shot off the post, but that chance came through individual effort rather than collective endeavor.

The 19-year-old Ibe performed impressively in the first half. He brought energy, speed and bravery on the wide right.

Lucas’ injury made Liverpool more vulnerable defensively, but Everton couldn’t profit from it in the first half. Naismith was playing with a knock, and Mirallas for himself, while Lukaku often was isolated in wide areas or dropped too deep to trouble the Reds.

The game could turn into a battle of attrition, as Naismith and Coutinho are injury worries.

45th minute, 0-0: There will be a minimum of two minutes of added time in the first half.

44th minute, 0-0: Coutinho now is down with an apparent injury. He is clutching his knee after a tangle with Besic.

43rd minute, 0-0: There’s no sign of a breakthrough as the game nears halftime.

37th minute, 0-0: The referee cautions McCarthy for a late tackle on Coutinho.

36th minute, 0-0: Coutinho curls a shot on goal from 25 yards out, but it doesn’t trouble Joel, who saves it.

35th minute, 0-0: The game remains a fast, competitive and choppy affair, as neither team has taken firm control of proceedings.

27th minute, 0-0: Ibe rockets a shot off the post.

It would have been an excellent solo goal. Ibe dribbled forward 40 yards and shot from 25 yards out. He beat Joel with the effort but not the far post.

24th minute, 0-0: Naismith is down on the field with an apparent injury. The Everton forward is receiving treatment, and it looks like he’ll continue playing.

22nd minute, 0-0: Coleman’s cross finds Naismith inside Liverpool’s penalty area, but it seemed to surprise the Everton forward, who heads harmlessly to the waiting Mignolet.

17th minute, 0-0: Sterling’s shot deflects off of a defender and rolls through the goal mouth. Ibe charges in at the far post, but Joel bats it out for a corner before the Liverpool rookie can smash it in.

16th minute, 0-0: Lucas’ injury forces Liverpool to make an early substitution. Allen replaces the stricken Brazilian.

15th minute, 0-0: There’s some bad news for Liverpool, as midfield linchpin Lucas limps off the field and heads straight to the bench.

10th minute, 0-0: Gerrard hits a free kick on target from 25 yards out, but Joel parries it over the crossbar.

Eighth minute, 0-0: Liverpool counters through Coutinho and Sterling, who holds up play inside Everton’s penalty area before shooting into the side netting. Sterling had other options, as his teammates remind him.

Eighth minute, 0-0: Everton has been more assertive than Liverpool in the opening minutes. The hosts’ high pressure has caused Liverpool to turn the ball over in its own half. This time, it ends when Mirallas crosses into the Reds’ penalty area. Mignolet collects it to end the danger.

Second minute, 0-0: Barry blocks Sterling’s shot, as Liverpool starts the game quickly.

Kickoff: The 224th Merseyside derby is underway at Goodison Park.

Pregame: Liverpool makes a number of changes to the team that started in the win over Bolton Wanderers on Wednesday.

Ibe makes his Merseyside derby debut in what will be just his second-ever start in the Premier League. Markovic, who struggled with a back problem Wednesday, starts on the bench.

Henderson also returns to the starting 11. Lallana drops to the bench.

Liverpool’s back three will have their hands full with Everton striker Lukaku.

12:15 p.m.: Here are the lineups:

Liverpool
Simon Mignolet (22), goalkeeper
Emre Can (23), center back
Martin Skrtel (37), center back
Mamadou Sakho (17), center back
Alberto Moreno (18), midfielder
Jordon Ibe (33), midfielder
Lucas Leiva (21), midfielder
Jordan Henderson (14), midfielder
Steven Gerrard (8), midfielder
Philippe Coutinho (10), midfielder
Raheem Sterling (31), forward

Substitutes
Danny Ward (52), goalkeeper
Dejan Lovren (6), defender
Glen Johnson (2), defender
Joe Allen (24), midfielder
Lazar Markovic (50), midfielder
Rickie Lambert (9), striker
Daniel Sturridge (15), striker

Everton
Joel Robles (1), goalkeeper
Brian Oviedo (8), left back
Phil Jagielka (6), center back
John Stones (26), center back
Seamus Coleman (23), right back
James McCarthy (16), midfielder
Gareth Barry (18), midfielder
Muhamed Besic (17), midfielder
Kevin Mirallas (11), forward
Steven Naismith (14), forward
Romelu Lukaku (10), striker

Substitutes
Russel Griffiths (45), goalkeeper
Tyias Browning (36), defender
Antonlin Alcaraz (30), defender
Darron Gibson (4), midfielder
Ross Barkley (20), midfielder
Aaron Lennon (25), midfielder
Arouna Kone (9), striker

11:30 a.m. ET: Steven Gerrard is set to walk into the Toffees’ den one last time.

Gerrrad is expected to feature when Liverpool visits Everton in a Premier League game Saturday at Goodison Park. It will the be the 224th meeting between the rivals, who both hail from Liverpool. For Gerrard, it will be his 33rd and final outing against the Toffees.

Liverpool will have plenty of momentum on its side as it travels across Stanley Park. It sits seventh in the Premier League standings with 38 points after 23 games and has lost just once in its last 13 games (in all competitions).

Defensive improvement has been key to the Reds’ recent success. If the Reds shut out Everton, it will be the first time since February 2011 that they have blanked four consecutive Premier League opponents. Brendan Rodgers has called on his players to show patience and composure in this encounter, which is like no other.

Everton has struggled in recent months, and the Toffees hope to turn around their season with a positive result against Liverpool. The Toffees occupy 12th place in the standings, and time is running out for them to play their way into next season’s UEFA Europa League.

Liverpool hasn’t lost to Everton in the last nine Merseyside derbies, but the Toffees have a habit of snatching points from the Reds — the 1-1- draw on Sept. 27 being the latest example.

Liverpool-Everton kicks off at 12:30 p.m. Join us right here for all the action from Goodison Park.

Photo via LiverpoolFC.com

TMZ logo

© 2018 NESN

Partner of USATODAY Sports Digital Properties