Sunday 22 October 2017

Defences were on top today - Steven Gerrard reacts following his final Merseyside derby

Steven Gerrard of Liverpool has a shot at the Everton goal during their English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park
Steven Gerrard of Liverpool has a shot at the Everton goal during their English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park
Steven Gerrard of Liverpool reacts during their English Premier League soccer match against Liverpool at Goodison Park
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard tries a speculative effort on goal during the Barclays Premier League match at Goodison Park
Everton's Aaron Lennon during the Barclays Premier League match at Goodison Park
Liverpool's Alberto Moreno in action during the Barclays Premier League match at Goodison Park
Everton's Aaron Lennon in action during the Barclays Premier League match at Goodison Park
Aaron Lennon (R) of Everton challenges Raheem Sterling of Liverpool during their English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park
Everton's Aaron Lennon has a shot on goal during the Barclays Premier League match at Goodison Park
Steven Naismith (R) of Everton and Jordan Henderson of Liverpool have to be separated by referee Anthony Taylor as they exchange words during their English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park
Muhamed Besic of Everton stops Jordan Ibe of Liverpool from getting back up during their English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park
Liverpool's Jordan Henderson (right) exchanges words with Everton's Steven Naismith during the Barclays Premier League match at Goodison Park
Liverpool's Jordan Henderson (right) exchanges words with Everton's Steven Naismith during the Barclays Premier League match at Goodison Park
Liverpool's Jordan Henderson (right) exchanges words with Everton's Steven Naismith as Steven Gerrard keeps the peace during the Barclays Premier League match at Goodison Park
Liverpool's Jordan Henderson (right) exchanges words with Everton's Steven Naismith as Steven Gerrard keeps the peace during the Barclays Premier League match at Goodison Park
Steven Gerrard of Liverpool thanks fans after their English Premier League soccer match against Everton at Goodison Park

Steven Gerrard admitted Liverpool should have done better in what appeared to be his final Merseyside derby, but he tipped Jordon Ibe to have a "terrific future" in the game.

In what was Gerrard's last taste of the fixture unless the rivals are drawn against each other in the later stages of the FA Cup, the Reds were restricted to a goalless draw by Everton at Goodison Park.

Nineteen-year-old winger Ibe, making his derby debut, enjoyed the best scoring chance of the game as his shot from deep clattered Joel Robles' far post in the first half.

While captain Gerrard was disappointed by the draw, he is optimistic for Liverpool's future having witnessed a virtuoso performance from his young team-mate.

"(It should have been) much better than that," the 34-year-old told Sky Sports 1.

"I think in the first half both sides cancelled each other out and we were just looking for that spark and that opening that we needed but it never came.

"Everton are a good team, they defended well and defences were well on top today."

On Ibe, who spent the first half of the season on loan with Derby, Gerrard added: "He's fantastic.

"He only found out he was playing yesterday so to have 24 hours to prepare for a big match like this and be man of the match, it was a very sensational performance.

"He was very unlucky not to get the winner with that unbelievable strike in the first half so he's got a big future and, if he keeps working hard, he's got a terrific future."

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