Liverpool's 30-year wait for a top-flight title will take a little longer after a frustrating goalless draw in the 236th Merseyside derby still left them five points short of guaranteeing the trophy.
Jurgen Klopp's champions-elect dominated on their return to competitive action but managed just three shots on target at Goodison Park, the same number as their hosts.
The stalemate means the Reds' date with destiny will most likely have to wait until the trip to the Etihad Stadium on July 2, unless second-placed Manchester City slip up tonight at home to Burnley.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp still declared himself satisfied with another point towards the title.
He said: "Both teams understand the idea of a derby. Each team is fighting like crazy but there is not a lot of football. Physically it was really intense. I'll take that. We didn't have enough chances. Most of the time we were dominant but they had the biggest chance."