Liverpool and Everton
cancelled each other out in a forgettable 220th Merseyside derby bereft of
The draw may have strengthened the Toffees' chances of finishing above their
near-neighbours for the second successive season - something which has not
happened since 1937 - but they rarely came close to ending a 14-year winless
run at Anfield.
Midfielder Marouane Fellaini had the visitors' best chance, volleying wide
from close range in the first half, while Liverpool
captain Steven Gerrard saw Sylvain Distin clear off the line after the
However, just three bookings in a game which has seen 20 red cards in the
previous 41 meetings indicated a lack of bite.
Sixth-placed Everton, five points ahead of their near-neighbours, did not have
enough in their locker to end their drought on enemy territory and Jamie
Carragher, on his 30th and final Merseyside derby before retirement, had one
of his quieter afternoons.