Everton, Liverpool draw 0-0 in 231st Merseyside derby

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Jurgen Klopp was happy to avoid a "wild derby" as Liverpool emerged from a tame clash with Everton unscathed and with their unbeaten run over their neighbours intact.

Dominic Solanke and Danny Ings were two of the players drafted in place of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, but the visitors couldn't find the finishing touch despite being camped in Everton's half for long periods.

While Everton's biggest threat in the first half a handsome curling effort from range by Yannick Bolasie that went inches wide.

"We wanted three points but at the end I think it's a fair result if you look at the whole game".

Allardyce is hoping to exploit the situation, saying: "I think it's an advantage we could possibly take".

Revealing his team's tactics for the game, Klopp said that they didn't plan on playing a wild derby and given the cautious approach, the outcome is nothing less than satisfactory.

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Wayne Rooney was replaced by the more defensively-minded Idrissa Gana Gueye 10 minutes into the second half but it was not until the last 15 minutes that Everton came alive.

"They have a very good home record".

While he says he understands the passion of a local rivalry, he believes Everton have not always played the game fairly in his time at Anfield.

Captain Jordan Henderson - suspended for Tuesday - James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum have been in midfield, with kids Conor Masterson and Curtis Jones named among the many substitutes. I thought Millie played quite well today and in a normal game without seven days before and seven days after, we would never think about getting him off in this game.

Starting his first choice centre back pairing was also a risk for Klopp, especially in the case of Virgil van Dijk, who has steadied the error-prone Reds defence since his arrival. I like that the boys really did it in a smart way and they didn't get involved in any fights. "Why should I?" He is, though, optimistic about Salah's availability for Tuesday.

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