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Liverpool edged closer to the title despite a drab Merseyside derby draw at Everton.
The Reds went into the match, their first competitive match in 103 days, knowing a victory would allow them to secure their first league title in 30 years on Wednesday with a win at home to Crystal Palace.
Both teams showed rust in a lacklustre first half that saw James Milner make way for Joe Gomez just before the break as the teams headed to the dressing room goalless after the opening 45 minutes.
It was more of the same in the second half, with Liverpool dominating possession and going close on several occasions but continuing to lack a cutting edge on their finishing.
Liverpool, who left Mohamed Salah on the bench, lacked their usual potency in attack with their best opening coming in the 35th minute when Roberto Firmino screwed a shot wide from a promising position while Fabinho went close late on with a curling free kick.
Liverpool host Crystal Palace on June 24 at Anfield and can seal a first Premier League title in 30 years with a win if Manchester City lose or draw with Burnely on Monday.
Information from Reuters was used in this report.
Premier League Results.
Newcastle 3 Sheffield United 0.
Aston Villa 1 Chelsea 2.
Everton 0 Liverpool 0.
Monday 22 June .
Manchester City vs. Burnley.