Everton ballboy sarcastically clapped Jurgen Klopp as he left the field after a goalless draw at the Goodison Park.
Liverpool were held to a goalless draw at Goodison Park by Everton in the final Merseyside derby of the league.
The game was largely uneventful with both the teams missing considerable chances to score.
In the end, however, Everton emerge a much happier side as Liverpool slip to the second position in the league. Jurgen Klopp’s side have also squandered the game-advantage over Manchester City.
The title race has now turned interesting as Pep Guardiola’s side is a point ahead of Liverpool.
After the full time whistle, Jurgen Klopp approached his players as he shook hands and consoled his men after a disappointing result. As he was leaving the pitch, a ballboy from Everton seemed to sarcastically clap Klopp.
After a few seconds of animated conversation, the Liverpool manager calmly smiled and gave him a thumbs-up sign.
Here’s the video:
A nice touch from the Everton ballboy to applaud the Liverpool manager at the end pic.twitter.com/8XkcCrC4zh
— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) March 3, 2019
Jordan Pickford was brilliant in front of the goal as he made a crucial save at the death to deny Liverpool a winner. The Everton goalkeeper was at the receiving end of a similar situation in the Merseyside derby at Anfield.
With this win, Everton are now on 37th point as they remain 10th in the league table.
The title race has turned interesting as Liverpool, with 70 points, are second in the league. Tottenham Hotspur dropped points on Saturday against Arsenal and are 9 points behind Klopp’s side, while Manchester City are at the top of the table.
“There’s still a long way to go. You’ve got to stay confident, stay positive – we’re still in the hunt and we’ll just concentrate on what we need to do.”
Henderson acknowledges today’s frustration but remains upbeat with nine #PL games left to play…
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 3, 2019
Levels in squad depth:
– Origi makes no impact for Liverpool
– Mahrez grabs winner
– Dalot and Pereira vital in comeback win for United#MUFC
— Red Devils Daily (@RedDevilsDaily) March 3, 2019
Liverpool will now face Bayern Munich in the Champions League round-of-16 tie at Anfield. The first leg of the tie finished in a 0-0 draw.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are now in a significant pressure for the title race. The side has a relatively easy opponent in Fulham, but face Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham on March 31.
Liverpool also has a game remaining against Chelsea at Anfield.
Virgil van Dijk talked to the media in the mixed-zone as he talked about the game. The Liverpool defender stated that the Reds deserved to win the game.
1. Liverpool – 54pts
3. Man City – 44pts
1. Man City – 71pts
2. Liverpool – 70pts
“Mom, we’ve bottled it again.”😂😂 pic.twitter.com/rs984wIZUB
— ManUtd360.com (@MUtd360) March 3, 2019
Manchester City’s win yesterday coupled with Liverpool’s draw today means it’s time to accept the inevitable; that the Premier League title won’t end up at St. James’ Park.
— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) March 3, 2019
“I think we deserved three points, based on the chances. It says a lot when they are celebrating a 0-0,” Van Dijk said.
“We had chances to win the game. It is what it is, we go again.”
The Dutchman stated that the players need to put the performance behind and focus on the game against Bayern Munich.
“I like these kind of games.
“But we came to get three points, We need to recover.
We’ve had the pleasure of watching Graeme Sounness sit there two weeks in a row with anger running through his blood at Liverpool bottling it. This is great TV.
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) March 3, 2019
“Our next game is our only focus. Everyone wants to be top, but we can’t change this situation.”
Former Liverpool player and pundit Jamie Carragher stated that Liverpool are still pretty much in the title race.
It’s still not over, there’s a long way to go, lots of points I think will be dropped at different times,” he said.
“But I do feel there should have been more of a change, more of an attacking threat from Liverpool, the substitutions that they made, certainly on the hour mark [with Milner coming on].
“Liverpool have only lost one game this season. I played in a season where we only lost two games and still didn’t win the league.
“It doesn’t matter how many games you lose, it’s points that are dropped, and these points at the moment are proving vital.
“You look and you think ‘could they have been more proactive with the substitutions that they made?’.
“We’ll only know that at the end of the season.”