Sam Allardyce has brushed off Wayne Rooney's frustration at being substituted

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'Dominating the last 15 minutes could have given us the opportunity to win it but we needed more legs.

Allardyce had deployed Rooney to the advanced Midfield role as age is becoming a factor for the former England global so much that he has had to revert from the top striker's role to that of an advanced midfielder, a condition occassioned by his tiring legs. "That gave us a bit more impetus in midfield, and also creativity going forward".

Liverpool and Everton played out a bore draw on Saturday afternoon. He's bound to be disappointed, there's no doubt.

"I think that in the end when you finish the game as strongly as that and put Liverpool under pressure, you can say we're unlucky, particularly the Cenk header and Dominic's chance".

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We then started to get among Liverpool more, got among them better and passed the ball better.

Rooney created no chances for Allardyce's side and had one attempted shot on goal whilst being dispossessed twice. Liverpool rested players ahead of the second-leg of their Champions League tie against Manchester City on Tuesday, and an out-of-form Everton would happily bring a disappointing season to a close now if they could.

"When the substitutes make the impact that they made, I was feeling that was the right thing to do today and, as a coaching staff, we've all come off the pitch and agreed that was a turning point for us - the substitutions". "I know the crowd got a bit frustrated, but we build on that basis by limiting a team who are very good in an attacking sense this year".