Going into the game, Everton would probably have been happy to take a point off city rivals Liverpool, but in the end they will be ruing the chances they missed that, if converted, could well have given them all three.
After three months without a game, perhaps expectations were higher than they should have been for this clash, but it was far from a classic with the two sides managing just six shots on target between them throughout the 0-0 draw. However, the Toffees had arguably the better opportunities in the second half, with Alisson being forced to make two strong saves from Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, whilst Tom Davies hit the post late on, as per Sky Sports.
Although there will have been some disappointment among Everton’s ranks, this was still a strong performance that was built on a solid back-line – the Reds, who lead the Premier League by 23 points, managed just three shots on target despite amassing 70% possession.
Part of that impressive back four was £25.2m-valued Lucas Digne. The Frenchman is more well-known for his offensive ability – he has managed 2.2 key passes per match for the Toffees in the English top flight, more than any of his teammates, whilst he also leads the way with five assists – but he displayed his defensive qualities here instead. As Everton kept a clean sheet, he made four clearances, three tackles and one interception, whilst also prevailing in eight of a possible nine duels – that equates to an 89% win ratio.
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The Toffees’ last game before the league’s suspension was a 4-0 loss against Chelsea, so it was important they got off to a good restart here. A point against the champions-elect is something that Carlo Ancelotti can build upon and he has Digne to thank, in part, for this result.
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