Presently the only team to have lost the title after being top of the table after the December festive period twice, Liverpool are about to give up on the Premier League title once again following a stalemate draw against Everton.
Liverpool laboured but failed to register a goal against their Merseyside rival, a result which could prove costly come the end of the season. Liverpool failed the chance to return to the summit of the Premier League table, allowing Man City to remain top after their win against Bournemouth on Saturday.
Everton followed Manchester United’s lead in simply refusing to let Liverpool’s much-vaunted attack pass. Klopp’s side created more opportunities and looked the more likely winners but the cutting edge was missing, with Salah the main culprit.
The Egyptian looked back to his best in Liverpool’s 5-0 win against Watford on Wednesday but here he was short of his best, denied by Pickford in the first half and then hesitating just long enough to allow Keane to make that outstanding late intervention.
Liverpool created a few scrambles to play on Goodison Park’s nerves as the seconds ticked down but they could not make the breakthrough they needed.
Manager Klopp looked happy enough at the final whistle but Liverpool were pressed into mistakes with misplaced passes and too many attacks just fizzling out.
They are right in this title hunt but this was a long way from their best and it is the first time since 7 December that they have not been top of the table having played the same number of games as Manchester City.