PLAYER RATINGS: Jordan Pickford stars as Everton earn draw vs Reds

PLAYER RATINGS: Jordan Pickford masterclass earns Everton hard-fought derby stalemate against Liverpool but Trent Alexander-Arnold was troubled by Demarai Gray while Harvey Elliott struggled to make an impact

  • Everton earned point against Liverpool in tough Merseyside derby at Goodison
  • Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was named man of the match with a brilliant display
  • Striker Darwin Nunez starred for Liverpool on return to squad from suspension 

Everton and Liverpool played out an exciting 0-0 draw as both sides went close to finding winning goals.

The Toffees had a Conor Coady goal ruled offside by VAR whereas Liverpool hit the woodwork on more than one occasion. 

Sportsmail gives out the player ratings from a frantic Merseyside derby at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.

Everton stopper Jordan Pickford was man of the match against Liverpool with a great display

Everton (4-3-3):

Jordan Pickford 9

Important touch to deny a fierce Nunez volley in the first half and made a stunning triple save in quick succession, two from Firmino and Fabinho.

Nathan Patterson 6

Strong performance at both ends of the field, relished his physical tussles with Diaz, almost set up a goal for Davies and almost grabbed one himself

Conor Coady 6

Thought he had scored the opener only to be ruled out for offside. But still had a derby debut to be proud of as he helped nullify the Red threat.

James Tarkowski put in a solid shift alongside Conor Coady as Everton’s defence held firm

James Tarkowski 7

Forming a solid pairing with Coady and performed well against the twin threat of Nunez and Diaz. Made up for lack of pace with great reading of the game.

Vitalii Mykolenko 7

Ukranian covered miles up and down the left while doing a decent job of keeping Salah unusually quiet.

Tom Davies 7

His type of game in which he could snap around the ankles of Liverpool’s midfielders. Desperately unlucky not to open the scoring when he hit the post.

Midfielder Tom Davies went close to scoring for Everton as he hit the post in the first half

Amadou Onana 6

Game’s first booking, for a trip on Carvalho, but youngster showed promise, trying to drive Everton forward from midfield.

Alex Iwobi 7

Threatened the goal with a hopeful volley after the restart but saw little of the ball going forward and was more of a defensive role which he did well.

Demarai Gray 8

Lively performance from Everton’s in-form winger although sometimes a little too greedy but his cross almost saw Maupay score and it was his centre that produced the disallowed “goal.”

Neal Maupay was almost the hero for Everton but was denied by Liverpool stopper Alisson

Neal Maupay 6

Decent debut and was a nuisance in the Liverpool area where his persistence almost carved out an opener for Davies. Only denied by a great Alisson block.

Anthony Gordon 7

Looked energised now transfer speculation is behind him. Put himself about energetically and lucky to escape a first half caution.


Idrissa Gueye for Davies 61 mins, 6

Dwight McNeil for Gordon 82 mins N/A

Substitutes (not used): Begovic, Keane, Allan, Coleman, Vinagre, Rondon, Mills.

Liverpool (4-3-3):

Alisson 7

Only one first half save to make, from a Gordon snapshot, but showed great focus and was alert to deny Maupay and McNeil after the break.

Alisson was in good form for the Reds and made some important stops to keep the scores level

Trent Alexander-Arnold 5

His usual impressive self in possession but Gray caused him problems and was sacrificed by Klopp before the hour.

Joe Gomez 6

Sloppy in possession and error almost led to a Davies goal but otherwise looked solid during spells of Everton pressure.

Virgil van Dijk 6

Marshalled his defence well and also looked a threat at Liverpool set-pieces. Booked for a second half, studs-up challenge on Onana and could have seen red.

Konstantinos Tsimikas 6

Brought in for Andy Robertson but lasted less than an hour. Defended well enough but use of the ball was wasteful.

Harvey Elliott 5

No questioning his work rate but youngster struggled to make an impact in a frantic midfield and was sacrificed with ten minutes to go.

Harvey Elliott worked hard during the match but was not able to have a positive impact

Fabinho 6

Knocked off the ball a little too easily on occasion in a tough midfield battle but looked dangerous in attack, only being denied by a great Pickford save.

Fabio Carvalho 5

Injured in a foul by Onana and replaced at the break, Showed some nice touches but not quite on the pace of a red hot derby.

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah struggled to make an impact during the match against Everton

Mohamed Salah 6

Service was terrible and did not have a touch in the Everton box in the first half but his incredible pass almost set up Firmino late on and hit the post in injury-time.

Darwin Nunez 8

Kept his cool impressively and hit woodwork from his only real first half chance with a brilliant piece of control. Missed a good second half opening.

Darwin Nunez looked the most dangerous for Liverpool and was unlucky not to find the net

Luis Diaz 6

Also hit a post and looked dangerous on a couple of other occasions but, like the rest of his forward line, suffered from Liverpool’s failure to control midfield.


Roberto Firmino for Carvalho 45 mins, 7

James Milner for Alexander-Arnold 58 mins, 6

Andy Robertson for Tsimikas 58 mins, 6

Diogo Jota for Nunez 79 mins, 6

Joel Matip for Elliott 79 mins, 6

Substitutes (not used): Adrian, Firmino, Arthur, Bajcetic, Phillips.

Referee: A Taylor 6

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