Liverpool 0-0 Everton
Everton were denied a first win at Anfield since 1999 by some poor officiating, but in truth this was a poor game of football, with neither side offering a cutting edge in front of goal, or the desire to push forward in search of victory.
Everton entered the match, knowing anything less than three points would permanently end hopes of Champions League football for next season, and in all probability any hope of European football of any guise. As it was, despite fielding a strong line up, Everton were unable to orchestrate enough opportunities to take advantage of an average Liverpool side and push for a victory that the Toffee supporters desired.
The one genuine chance for the Blues fell to Sylvain Distin and although the Frenchman directed his header perfectly into the corner of the Anfield Road net, the referee, Michael Oliver, blew for an infringement that only he saw. The alleged incident was for a “foul” on keeper Reina, but the Spanish keeper had inflicted the coming together between himself and Anichebe in the box, and stumbled over the Nigerians mere presence in the goalmouth. The goal should have stood and we will never know whether Everton would have dealt with the Liverpool response, but on this evidence Liverpool had little in attack to worry Tim Howard and his defence.
Everton have now all but secured top spot on Merseyside for the second season in succession. It will be the first time this feat has been achieved since 1962, but the frustration, born out by the number of dropped points elsewhere in the season means Everton will have only his hollow victory to savour during the summer months.