By the scoreline most would assume this was a boring match. The Merseyside Derby had a lot of build-up going into it. Could Everton stop Liverpool from gaining a valuable three points? Could the Toffees derail their title bid?
From the start, Goodison Park was rocking. The players felt it. From the opening whistle, tackles were flying in and frantic passes were sprayed around the pitch. Once things started to settle a bit, Everton kept their cool.
There were moments throughout this match that gave both set fans excitement and nervousness. It could also be said that it was the tale of two halves. Liverpool were in control during the first half of the match, but Everton looked the most comfortable side in the second.
Overall, this was an exciting Merseyside Derby and an entertaining one, even though it lacked the goals.
Let’s take a look at four things we learned from the game.
Calvert-Lewin shows flashes of brilliance
Given a tough assignment against arguably one of the best centre back in the world currently, Calvert-Lewin held his own up front. He glides into the channels with ease and his link-up play showed promise at times.
If he can work on his hold up play a bit more, he could be a real weapon moving forward for Everton. This match should be a confidence booster for the youngster.
Keane's second season resurgence continues
Michael Keane was the Man of the Match, hands down. Clutch tackles, great clearances, and well-positioned blocks, Keane was fantastic. There were times where he looked frantic and lost but recovered to play an excellent match.
It would be hard to drop him from the squad at the moment. And yesterday was another example of how he has been so important to Everton.
Failed PSG Move isn't stopping Gana
Idrissa Gana Gueye was fantastic against Liverpool. With Morgan Schneiderlin playing next to him, this allows Gana to press higher up the pitch and cause havoc. That is exactly what happened.
You couldn’t tell that this was a player that saw his dream move rejected in January.
Goodison Park's atmosphere
The atmosphere at Goodison Park was electric. This is what has been missing as of late. If the Old Lady has this time of energy for every match, opponents will have a hard time winning here.
Goodison Park needs to become a fortress once again. Marco Silva said it best, “if you could put this atmosphere, 70 or 80 per cent of it, every match, then 30 or 40 per cent of our job is done, because they can push our team to win, and they can make it really difficult for all our opponents, as they did this afternoon. We expect that they do that again in the next home match, because they can be a key player every time we play at Goodison.”