These are the days that can define title races, and Liverpool lacked a leader, an inspiration, a cutting edge to overcome a resolute, well organised Everton side. Liverpool’s manager, Jürgen Klopp, blamed the wind, a surprise as his club is famous for walking through it, and every excuse will sound particularly sweet to Manchester City.
The pressure was on Liverpool to match City’s unstoppable form but Everton were too proud, too determined not to respond defiantly in the 233rd meeting between the sides. Jordan Pickford stood up to make two saves from the disappointing Mohamed Salah. Michael Keane was immense at the back, imperious in the air, and made a couple of vital interceptions in front of the watching Gareth Southgate.