Everton and Liverpool played out a drab goalless draw at Goodison Park as the Reds move a point closer to the Premier League title.
In truth, a poor game sparked into life for just 10 minutes in the second half. Tom Davies and Dominic Calvert-Lewin going close for the hosts; with Fabinho’s late free-kick forcing Jordan Pickford into a strong stop.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are on the cusp of their first title in nearly 30 years but must wait to finally earn their champions tag.
A lacklustre performance from the Reds highlighted an area in which the club could perhaps improve when the transfer window reopens.
With Andy Robertson injured, Liverpool looked badly short of ideas down the left-hand side.
James Milner started in the Scot’s absence but his early injury saw Joe Gomez introduced. Both Milner and Gomez are strong performers but neither are really considered natural options at left-back.
Robertson’s pace on the left gives Liverpool another dimension and allows the Reds to stretch the play; when he is missing there is an imbalance within Klopp’s team.
Jamie Carraher said recently that Klopp needs better players than the like of Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino. That might sound harsh on the recently signed Japanese star but the ex-defender might have a point.
Manchester City made several changes to their starting line-up against Burnley last night and still ran out 5-0 winners. Would Liverpool have been capable of making so many changes and still overcoming the Clarets so emphatically?
Liverpool have been tremendous this season and they will deservedly lift their first title during the current campaign.
To blow a quality outfit such as City out of the water deserves credit. They have mesmerised at times and the Champions of Europe are a joy to watch in full flow.
Their return offered a reminder to Klopp, however, that he can’t rest on his laurels.
Strengthening might prove tricky for a lot of clubs with finances likely to be restricted after unprecedented circumstances in 2020.
The Everton draw offered a timely reminder of not just how good Andy Robertson is, but also how badly they need another left-back to put pressure on his place.
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