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Controversy As Merseyside Derby Finishes All Square

Everton came from behind twice to maintain their unbeaten start to the Premier League in a Merseyside derby thriller as Liverpool were denied a stoppage-time winner by the video assistant referee.

Sadio Mane put the visitors ahead in the third minute but they were furious soon afterwards when a wild challenge by Everton keeper Jordan Pickford on Virgil van Dijk, committed after an offside decision, saw the defender having to go off injured with VAR failing to review the tackle.

Everton, who had won their previous seven games in all competitions, equalised swiftly at Goodison Park when Michael Keane headed in a corner from the outstanding James Rodriguez.

Liverpool, with Thiago Alcantara at the heart of everything, were back in front with 18 minutes left when Mohamed Salah volleyed in Yerry Mina’s poor clearance to set up a frantic finale, with only Pickford’s magnificent save from Joel Matip’s header keeping Everton in the hunt.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s towering header restored parity with nine minutes left but Everton were then reduced to 10 men when Richarlison was sent off for a wild challenge on Thiago.

Liverpool thought they had won it in stoppage time when Pickford could not keep out Jordan Henderson’s shot – but in a finish to match the chaotic nature of the game, Mane was adjudged to be offside after a lengthy wait for the VAR decision.

Merseyside Derby Post-Match Thoughts

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told Match of the Day:

“Performance-wise very, very happy. Best away game we’ve played here since I started managing. We gave away two goals on set-pieces after changing formation.

“We were dominant against a flying side. Different things happened today. This type of offside I didn’t see in the Virgil and Pickford incident.

On the Henderson ruled-out goal: “I don’t know where the line is where you can do offside.

“Yes, we should have won this game. The boys played a super game. against a side with quality and confidence. Dominating from the first second is absolutely exceptional.”

Everton goalscorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin:

As you’d expect in derbies, got tackles flying in 50-50, so there’s always a chance the ref might bring out a yellow or red.

“Disappointed we didn’t kick on at 1-1. We knew we would have spells where we wouldn’t have the ball. I managed to put one away but I genuinely thought it would be coming [the win], but it wasn’t to be.

“I’m disappointed we didn’t win the game. In that respect it was frustrating. In terms of the bigger picture, it’s a point and we’ll take it.”

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