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Summary

  1. Gerrard's final Merseyside league derby ends goalless
  2. Sturridge comes off bench for Liverpool
  3. Toffees remain 12 points behind Reds

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By Tom Rostance and Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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Everton 0-0 Liverpool

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "It was a tense derby with a lot of controlled play from both teams. It was a fascinating tactical battle, I thought. It was always going to be about small margins and it was a satisfying battle.

"Liverpool are in good form but we wanted to win the game, so we cannot be completely satisfied with the draw. But we have to be pleased with some individual performances. And as a team I thought we were strong, always in control and are now six games unbeaten."

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Manager reaction

Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "We want to get better in every department. It's important to keep clean sheets but in the same manner we want to create and score goals.

"I thought today was an interesting tactical battle on the pitch,. We both had our turns in charge of the game. You could see that one goal would do it for either side. I am extremely satisfied with the performance.

"Ross Barkley when he came on gave a really focussed performance We carried a threat all the way through.

"We were heavily tested from a tactical point of view but we defended extremely well."

Manager reaction

Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, speaking to Sky Sports: "I though we were outstanding over the course of the game. You don't know until you put a young player in how he is going to perform but Jordon Ibe only turned 19 in December. He puts a shift in and he's only going to get better. We had a lot of outstanding British talent in the team."

On securing a top-four finish: "We're still fighting and in a good position. It was important we got something from tonight. Our level of performances are at a high level."

Tears for Piers

Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal

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Piers Morgan
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Harry Kane wouldn't get on our bench,"

tweeted celebrity Arsenal supporter Piers Morgan earlier this afternoon.

The inevitable Twitter storm ensued, and now Piers is on 6-0-6 with Darren Fletcher and Robbie Savage.

"What I obviously meant was that Kane wouldn't be on the bench, because he would start."

Last again Sunderland...

THE RUNNING ORDER

Match of the Day

The MOTD running order is in:

1. Tottenham v Arsenal

2. Aston Villa v Chelsea

3. Man City v Hull

4. QPR v Southampton

5. Everton v Liverpool

6. Leicester v Crystal Palace

7. Swansea v Sunderland

Manager reaction

Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers: "I thought we were very good. The performance level of the players was outstanding. Everton had one shot on target and going forward we looked a real threat. It was only that final bit of luck that could have got us in.

"Overall I'm delighted. Jordon Ibe is a big talent, I was debating whether to keep him here in the summer but I felt it was important to get him out and play and feel the pressure.

"He did a great job with Steve McClaren at Derby and we knew he'd be ready to play in the team. With a bit more luck he would have got a goal tonight, he is at a high level."

Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers has won his 184th point in his 100th Premier League game in charge of Liverpool. The only Liverpool manager to have won more points in his opening 100 PL games in charge of the club was Rafa Benitez (186).

Kane you believe it?

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Harry Kane
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A caller on 6-0-6 tells Robbie Savage: "Robbie, I genuinely think Harry Kane could, in the future, be as good as Zlatan Ibrahimovic".

There's a pause. Savage: "That's one of the biggest calls anyone has ever made on 6-0-6."

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Player reaction

Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, speaking to Sky Sports: "Both sides cancelled each other out first. We were looking for that spark but it never came and both defences were on top. Jordon Ibe was fantastic and he only found out he was playing yesterday. He was man of the match, it was a sensational performance from him and he's got a big future.

"We can't have too many complaints. I love playing here, Goodison Park is a great stadium and I have some wonderful memories here. I will miss the Merseyside derby but maybe there's one more left in the Europa League."

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard
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Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Javel Bleach: That's the top four gone for Liverpool. Too many points to make up now against too many teams. Took too many games to get going.

Martin Robertson: Why did it take Everton 85mins to bring on Barkley and decide they could attack Liverpool? Terrible game.

Tomas Kinney: Pretty sure there's been a worse derby than that, but I certainly can't remember one...

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Player reaction

Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Everton defender Phil Jagielka: "It was a good clean sheet, there wasn't much to do for either goalkeeper and 0-0 was a fair result. They have got a lot of pace and we stopped them well.

"We have tightened things up which is a good starting point."

Everton defender Phil Jagielka
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Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

"Grim spectacle at Goodison Park in the 224th Merseyside derby. Chances and quality at a premium. Everton nullified Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling but it was only when Ross Barkley came on in the last five minutes that they posed a threat of their own."

Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Ex-Everton winger Ronny Goodlass, BBC Radio Merseyside

"Liverpool enjoyed a lot of possession in the second half, but both sides let themselves down in the last third with the quality of crosses and shots. Ibe's effort off the post and Mignolet's late save from Coleman were the best chances, but the 0-0 is about right."

Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is full of praise for Jordon Ibe, who won man-of-the-match with a lively show on the Liverpool wing.

"Keep working hard and he's got a great future ahead of him," says the skipper.

Liverpool youngster Jordon Ibe
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Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Former Liverpool midfielder David Thompson, BBC Radio Merseyside

"That match will probably be last on Match of the Day. There wasn't too much goalmouth action despite a lot of effort and huffing and puffing. The whole match lacked creativity, despite a great atmosphere inside the ground. It just wasn't happening today."

Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright seems happy enough with a draw, he's laughing and joking in the director's box. A good point?

FULL-TIME

Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Nil nil. Very nil nil. A poor game devoid of much excitement or action at all. North London wins the 'derby of the day' award, closely followed by Madrid.

Everton 0-0 Liverpool

That's a nice balanced view.

Into stoppage time. Set for 0-0?

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers
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Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Ian: Sakho worries me about as much as an arachnophobe is worried about a funnel web spider.

Stan in Darlington: Sakho has been our best defender since we've switched to 3-4-3. Can pick a pass, shepherd a ball, has been an excellent support to Skrtel and has much better feet then people give him credit for. One of the best defenders in the league so far.

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Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Ross Barkley spreads the ball through to Aaron Lennon, whose cross is well claimed. Barkley in contention for man-of-the-match despite only coming on in the 85th minute...

Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Ex-Everton winger Ronny Goodlass, BBC Radio Merseyside

"What a good run by Ross Barkley, and it was a lovely switch of play. Coleman was in the place he inhabited all of last season when he scored plenty of goals. It was a great hit but an equally great save by Simon Mignolet."

CLOSE!

Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Close at the other end too as Steven Gerrard curls wide. Maybe we are on for late drama after all...

GREAT SAVE!

Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Ross Barkley with the pass of the match! Where was he from kick-off? Barkley switches play and takes six Liverpool men out of the game, freeing Seamus Coleman into the area. Coleman hammers in a shot which is well saved by Simon Mignolet. What a ball!

Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Former Liverpool midfielder David Thompson, BBC Radio Merseyside

"I'm surprised Roberto Martinez hasn't thrown caution to the wind in term of making his substitutions earlier, to be honest."

Everton manager Roberto Martinez
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SUBSTITUTION

Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Ross Barkley - who was close to coming on in the 40th minute - finally gets on in place of Steven Naismith. Everton make their final change too as Muhamed Besic is replaced by Antolin Alcaraz.

Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Rickie Lambert turns and drags a low shot straight at Joel Robles as Liverpool look for the late winner.

SUBSTITUTION

Everton 0-0 Liverpool

I don't think I've called this game either of those things Rob! It's dull, can Rickie Lambert liven it up? He's on for Raheem Sterling.

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Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Adam in the Wirral: "Low key" would be the kindest way to describe this Merseyside derby. The evening kick off has a lot to answer for.

Mae from London: Well, there is clearly only one winner for best Premier League derby of the day.

Rob in Shropshire: Why aren't you calling this game boring? If this was Villa v Hull it would be the worst game ever, but just because it's a Merseyside derby it's called "tense" and "on a knife-edge".

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Everton 0-0 Liverpool

It's getting tasty now as Mo Besic goes into the book too. More dawdling on the ball from Mamadou Sakho almost costs his side as Aaron Lennon drives on and puts in a low cross which is dealt with.

Does Sakho worry you, Liverpool fans?

Mohamed Besic goes in the book
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YELLOW CARD

Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Jordan Henderson is booked for his part in the melee, as is Steven Naismith. They are still arguing about it.

Jordan Henderson harangues Steven Naismith
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Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Steven Naismith grabs the shirt of Jordan Henderson and it triggers a right old set-to, with 15 or so players getting involved. It's getting a bit silly.

Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Former Liverpool midfielder David Thompson, BBC Radio Merseyside

"I think it's time for Liverpool to make a change. The game is there for the taking. Bring someone like Markovic or Lambert on."

Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Everton win a corner, Aaron Lennon slices it into the Gwladys. Goalless draw?

Everton striker Aaron Lennon slices his shot
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Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Ex-Everton winger Ronny Goodlass, BBC Radio Merseyside

"In the last few weeks for Liverpool, Emre Can really has slotted into that defensive position really well, and of course as a former midfielder he's great on the ball. His composure has really surprised me today."

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Rob Meech: Lennon and McCarthy on the pitch for Everton. Almost a headline writer's dream.

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Everton 0-0 Liverpool

I can't decide if that is brilliant or crazy from Emre Can. He wins the ball from Romelu Lukaku, but then beats the Belgian three times on the edge of his area and almost loses out. Sometimes, you have to get rid...

Emre Can and Romalu Lukaku
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Four Leaf Ent: Both teams clueless in the final third. Very disappointing Merseyside derby thus far.

Andrew Wright: Anti-football from both sides. What a disappointing, toothless approach to a derby!

Tokunbo: Get Romelu Lukaku off, give him two weeks rest and he will be fresh for the rest of the season.

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