Liverpool denied by VAR in derby draw with ten-men Everton

Ruben Hill
October 17, 2020

Pickford escaped a red card and Liverpool missed out on a certain penalty after van Dijk was flagged offside in the build-up so the resulting tackle had to be ignored.

Liverpool were on top for long stretches and Mohamed Salah restored their lead in the 72nd minute, pouncing on a headed clearance from Yerry Mina and drilling a drive past Pickford for his 100th goal for the club.

The England striker's 10th goal in seven games for Everton ensured the team will stay top of the league for another week, though the leaders dropped points for the first time this campaign in a typically frenetic derby which they ended with 10 men after Richarlison's late red card for fouling Thiago Alcantara.

Adrian was held responsible by many for Liverpool's exit from the Champions League last season and he was again shaky when the Reds suffered a shock 7-2 defeat at Aston Villa this month.

The game was locked at 2-2 after Dominic Calvert-Lewin's 10th goal of the season in all competitions had brought Everton level in the 81st minute.

Good afternoon! Welcome to the live blog for the Merseyside derby, it's been a while but Everton are quietly fancying themselves today.

Pickford charged out of his box and collided with van Dijk in a scissors motion, who was forced off with an injury and replaced by Joe Gomez.

The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) ruled that Van Dijk was just inches offside and Pickford and Everton breathed a sigh of relief, as the foul coming after the offside decision meant the goalkeeper couldn't be penalized. A towering header from Michael Keane!

Goal! Liverpool are off to a flyer!

This game looked to be there for the taking for either side, but both teams came out in the second half looking nervous and tentative.

Liverpool were hampered by having to play without its best defender for most of the match.

With a man advantage following Richarlison's dismissal in the 90th minute, Liverpool pressed to find the victor and thought it had secured all three points at the death.

It was a fitting end to a tight and, at times, controversial Merseyside derby.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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