Liverpool and Everton registered the second Merseyside derby draw of the season at Anfield, however the visitors were left feeling aggrieved by referee Michael Oliver's decision to disallow a Sylvain Distin goal.
Distin stooped to nod in a Leighton Baines corner just after the hour mark only for Oliver to rule that Victor Anichebe had committed a foul on Pepe Reina, who appeared to lose his balance under minimal contact.
Anichebe was booked for protesting against the decision, in what was the sole flashpoint of a dismal derby.
Steven Gerrard later had a good chance to break the deadlock after Distin was denied by Oliver, however the 34-year-old centre-back cleared Gerrard's goal-bound effort away.
Phil Jagielka also thwarted Gerrard with an excellent block in the opening 45, with the second stalemate between the Reds and the Blues a stultifying contest compared to the stimulating encounter in October.