Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted his side rode their luck during their largely disappointing 0-0 draw with rivals Everton on Sunday night.
In a hard-fought encounter between two teams who were not at their best it was the Toffees who had the game’s best opportunity late on, when first Alisson saved from Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s flick and then Tom Davies struck the post from the rebound.
The result means the Reds will only be able to seal the title against Crystal Palace on Wednesday if Manchester City fail to beat Burnley on Monday, but speaking to Sky Sports after the game Klopp appeared satisfied with a point.
“It was a real fight,” he said. “Both teams showed they understand it’s a derby even without a crowd. It was intense, physical, and all players were really involved and really in the game.
“I liked our defending and high midfield press but we didn’t have enough chances for the possession we had. We were dominant but they had the biggest chance and that’s how it is.
“We were lucky in that moment. In the end, Everton defended really well and we were not smart enough to use the space we had.”
Liverpool will now look ahead and prepare for the game against Palace, and Klopp said he learned a lot about the physical condition of his players during Sunday’s match.
“We know more now about the physicality, so far so good,” he added. “But I saw Crystal Palace yesterday and they look like a well-oiled machine so it will be a tough job.”
Liverpool could be without a few defenders for the game, after both James Milner and Joel Matip had to be taken off injured at Goodison Park.
Andy Robertson is likely to return, however, after he was left out of the squad altogether as a precaution.