Liverpool have dropped as many points as they have picked up in the Premier League this season after a goalless draw with Everton at Goodison Park left Jürgen Klopp with plenty of questions to answer. The Reds did not look particularly convincing on the day and even though they hit the woodwork a couple of times and Jordan Pickford was in good form, Liverpool needed to do more to get the victory and ultimately came unstuck again.
Joe Gomez was an exceptional performer on the day and Kostas Tsimikas did well on his return to the starting line-up, while Fábio Carvalho suffered only a dead leg and should not be missing for long. Other than that, there are not many to choose from. Harvey Elliott looked composed on the big occasion and Fabinho was largely quite good, but nothing special.
There can be no two ways about it: Darwin Núñez did not have the best of afternoons. It will not take much to change the perceptions completely, with a goal or two completely altering the narrative. But a goal looked a long way off for the most part against Everton, even if Núñez did almost have a ‘Fernando Torres vs Blackburn moment’ where he took the ball down on his chest and forced a good stop from Jordan Pickford on the spin.
Núñez’s relationship with Luis Díaz and Mohamed Salah needs a lot of work but that is not the only thing. His finishing and goalscoring has not yet ignited in England with the Uruguayan struggling a bit against packed defences.