However, after 90 minutes of competition, the score ended in a 0-0 draw. The soon-to-be Premier League champions amassed nine shots below their usual average of around 15 per game with only three on target.
The lack of attacking fluidity is understandable once considering that Liverpool’s last competitive device has been about three months, but the slow pace also stems from the tactical to the coast?
The squad depth is strong at Anfield, especially in the middle of the field, but there are great players who contribute significantly to Liverpool’s offensive game because of their skills and if they are absent, Klopp has no perimeter and replacements at his disposal.
Mohamed Salah and Andy Robertson are two examples, both left-footed, fast and direct to the list of a few qualities.
Salah develops from the right of Liverpool’s front three, as he was encouraged to cut inside on his favoured foot before the shooting, while Roberto Firmino silently created space for him. The customary attacking trio are tailor-made to play together.
Robertson, a human rights defender effectively performs as a winger for the most part. The Scot drives in the last third with great regularity, and often tries to run behind defenses, opposing, as witnessed against Everton at Anfield earlier in the season.
If the former is not available, it is generally replaced by Divock Original or Takumi Minamino, while the second tends to be replaced by James Milner.
These players are good, but they offer a completely different dynamic of Salah and Robertson.
Original, Minamino and Milner are all right-footed, for example, and none of these players have the pace and acceleration of Salah or Robertson.
Liverpool inadvertently forced to attack differently, because there are no fitting substitutes for some players in the team, and what happened at Goodison Park on Sunday night.
Below are the average positions of Klopp players for the entire current Premier League season (left) compared to the average of the positions taken against the men of Carlo Ancelotti (on the right).
A team consists of two players for each position can be a little unrealistic, but the Reds would almost certainly benefit from a wide forward who possesses a similar threat to the Mane and Salah, and a left rear that is offensive, mobile and, especially, of the left foot.
With those that are added to the team, Liverpool would not always be guaranteed to play well, but at least the loss of one or two players not to drastically change the way Klopp on the side of the attack.
Remarkable availability has allowed the Reds to establish a 23-point gap on their nearest rivals, so it is unlikely to experience problems in the short term, but moving forward, the securing of appropriate alternatives has definitely near the top of the list of things to do.