Rooney fumes at Big Sam as 231st Merseyside derby ends in goalless stalemate

Rooney fumes at Big Sam as 231st Merseyside derby ends in goalless stalemate

The 231st Merseyside derby will not live long in the memory as Everton failed to capitalise on a weaker Liverpool side in an uneventful goalless stalemate at Goodison Park.

With a Champions League quarter-final second leg, in which they lead 3-0, against Manchester City on Tuesday, Liverpool could be forgiven for being preoccupied and Klopp’s team selection reflected the importance of that game.

Despite a late rally in which Seamus Coleman and substitute Dominic Calvert-Lewin could have snatched victory the Toffees’ seven-and-a-half-year wait for a derby win was extended to 17 matches.

Injuries had stretched Klopp’s resources and with Mohamed Salah’s groin problem not risked Danny Ings, after two serious knee injuries, made his first start in 916 days since scoring in this fixture in Brendan Rodgers’ last game in charge in 2016.

Meanwhile, Former Manchester United Captain, Wayne Rooney had a fume at Manager Sam Allardyce after being replaced in the early minutes of the second 45 Minutes.

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Everton’s Wayne Rooney sat on the substitutes bench after being taken off in the second half of the Merseyside derby [Image: Skysports]

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