Everton and Liverpool played out a goalless draw at Goodison Park yesterday, with both teams having chances to win the contest.
The Toffees produced a solid display and were worthy of a share of the spoils.
Marco Silva’s men built from the back and Liverpool came up a mightily impressive defender in Michael Keane.
The ex-Burnley man was at the heart of everything good about Everton’s defensive work.
Keane couldn’t have timed this latest display any better.
On Saturday, Manchester City defender John Stones hobbled out of their game with Bournemouth; leaving England boss Gareth Southgate with concerns.
According to the Manchester Evening News, his injury is a concern and he could be facing a stretch on the sidelines.
On yesterday’s derby-day showing from Keane, Southgate needn’t worry.
The 26-year-old headed, kicked or blocked everything that was thrown his way and is an adequate replacement for the City man.
Keane already has five England caps, his last coming in November during a 3-0 win over USA at Wembley.
He is firmly in Southgate’s thoughts, but it is probably fair to say that if everyone is fit, then he isn’t the first choice.
Stones’ latest injury opens the door for Keane to continue his good club form on the international stage.
According to Who Scored, the former Burnley man won four aerial challenges yesterday, highlighting his quality in the air.
He did superbly well to keep the likes of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino at bay.
Southgate losing a regular central defender is obviously bad.
Keane’s dogged display yesterday showcased that he is a more than capable replacement.