Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk let out the English champions-elect are barely happy to be back on the field again despite discerning their title party discontinued by a 0-0 draw at Everton on Sunday.
Liverpool broadened their benefit at the top of the table to 22 points but will require Manchester City to slip up against Burnley on Monday to have an opportunity of shutting the title when they host Crystal Palace at Anfield on Wednesday.
“I think everyone is just pleased to be back, win or lose, and it is another walk closer to our goal,” said Van Dijk, after Liverpool’s first game in 106 days due to the coronavirus epidemic.
The tournament was played behind closed doors and the extraordinary surroundings began before kick-off when Liverpool had to get shifted in a Portakabin in the Goodison Park car park to keep players and staff socially turned away.
“Everyone didn’t know truly what to anticipate. It was just good to be back out there. It is an incredible game to be the first game.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp mourned his side’s incapacity to turn sovereignty of ownership into chances.
Certainly, it was Everton who had the reasonable relief to secure a first derby win in 10 years when Tom Davies hit the post after Alisson Becker saved from Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
“Both committees exhibited, it was a derby, even without a crowd,” said Klopp.
“We didn’t possess sufficient chances for the ownership we had.
“Most of the time we were prominent but again they had the largest chance out of the blue, we were lucky at that moment.”
Everton leader Carlo Ancelotti was glad his gameplan virtually worked to an embodiment.
“I guess contemplating the truth there was a long break, there was no mob, the emphasis of the game was really high,” said the Italian, who also was unbeaten in two assaults against Liverpool with Napoli earlier in the season.
“It was not an available game because we didn’t expect an open game against them. We didn’t give a lot of opportunities for them. It subsisted a reasonable result.”