Liverpool’s draw with their city rivals, Everton left the red half of the city feeling blue as they missed a golden opportunity to keep pace with the top two. Twenty five shots to Everton’s six tells the story of the match. The Everton goal was under siege but credit to them that they stubbornly refused to crack. They will be feeling even more pleased with denying their opponents maximum points after listening to Rafa Benitez’s ungenerous remark about Everton being a ‘small club’. While this is true in financial terms, David Moyes himself pointed out that Liverpool had about 100 million pounds more to spend, it ignores the rich history of the club which is interwoven with that of Liverpool. Still, the draw wasn’t a disaster. There was another clean sheet and Arsenal were also held to a draw by a resurgent Boro, so Liverpool remain four points ahead of the Londoners.
However it will be seen as a lost opportunity for Liverpool. They should be beating the ‘smaller’ clubs, and they should also be able to force a victory in an important home derby match. It remains to be seen whether they can overcome more cultured opponents, Barcelona, in the crucial Championship League fixtures coming up in the next month.