GODDISON PARK: Liverpool Boss, Jurgen Klopp Praised "World Class" Goalkeeper Alisson For A Late Save

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp praised "world class" goalkeeper Alisson after his late save secured a point against Everton in the Merseyside derby.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin's close-range flick was kept out by the Brazilian before Tom Davies' shot from the loose ball struck the post.

That was the closest either side came to scoring in a low-key Goodison Park encounter, which ended goalless.

"We should not take him [Alisson] for granted," said Klopp.

"Absolutely outstanding. That's what a world-class goalkeeper is - nothing to do for pretty much 90 minutes then he's there."

Liverpool now need five points to be sure of the Premier League title and can still clinch their first top-flight trophy in 30 years against Crystal Palace at Anfield on Wednesday - but only if Manchester City fail to beat Burnley at Etihad Stadium on Monday.

Alisson also saved well from Brazilian compatriot Richarlison as a largely tame game, with the surreal atmosphere of a derby played behind closed doors, sprang to life.

Everton keeper Jordan Pickford saved well from Fabinho's free-kick in the closing moments but it was a game that highlighted two understandably rusty sides - although Liverpool's coronation will come soon.

This was both sides' first game in three months following the resumption of the Premier League

Liverpool would have hoped to set up a potential title win at Anfield on Wednesday with victory here at Goodison Park - but after 106 days out of action, it was perhaps understandable that a side that have overpowered so many were short of their best.

Forward, Mohamed Salah was only fit enough for the bench while left-back Andy Robertson was injured.

Both were missed as Liverpool saw plenty of the ball but struggled to seriously test Pickford.

Naby Keita looked energetic until he came off but boss Jurgen Klopp now has further concerns over James Milner, who sustained a hamstring injury, and Joel Matip who also limped off - although Joe Gomez is an ideal replacement there.

Liverpool's star of the show was keeper Alisson, who was in superb form when called upon in those crucial late moments.

This point - and Liverpool certainly did not deserve more - means the celebratory champagne may be on ice a little longer but it is only a matter of time, even days, before they are back at the peak of the domestic game by clinching that long-awaited title.

"The point is one we deserve," added Klopp.

"Everton were well organised so we had to run a lot but we looked fit and ready.

"Now we've got three days. Crystal Palace looked good on Saturday and we have to make sure we are ready for Wednesday."

Source: Phil McNulty