It’s tight. It’s tense. It’s the Merseyside derby.
The opening 45 minutes haven’t produced any goals but both teams have had chances as a battle is taking place at Anfield.
Early on both teams had shouts for penalties as Romelu Lukaku was taken down in the box by Alberto Moreno but referee Martin Atkinson waved away the calls. Then Raheem Sterling’s shot seemed to be blocked by Gareth Barry’s hand in the box but no PK was awarded to Liverpool. Barry was living a charmed life after an early booking, as the Everton midfielder was lucky to not be shown a second yellow for a late tackle on Mario Balotelli in the 10th minute. From that free kick Balotelli forced Tim Howard into a smart save, as the frantic early start continued.
The game then settled down as Everton halted Liverpool’s early charge and Leighton Baines almost set up Lukaku for the opener but his cross was hacked away at a crucial moment by Dejan Lovren on the line. Everton then suffered a big blow as Kevin Mirallas pulled his hamstring after a surging run and was replaced by Aiden McGeady after 30 minutes.
As half time approached, neither team were able to make the breakthrough as the score was locked at 0-0.
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