A marginal offside call denied Jordan Henderson a dramatic last-gasp winner against 10-man Everton who held on for dear life to grab a 2-2 draw with Liverpool in an exciting Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.
Liverpool celebrated their third goal believing they had won the game only for referee Michael Oliver – with the aid of VAR – to rule out the goal as Sadio Mane had been fractionally offside in the build-up to the goal.
Controversy has already clouded the game following an earlier VAR decision which refused to be reviewed as Jordan Pickford plunged into Virgil van Dijk and got him injured.
Mane was back in the lineup after he had to isolate following his positive test to coronavirus and fired the visitors into an early lead just three minutes into the game.
Everton’s defender Michael Keane scored a header to cancel out Liverpool’s early advantage but Mohamed Salah restored the advantage with a well-taken finish for his 100th goal for the club.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin dragged Everton back in contention as he rose to head home Lucas Digne’s cross nine minutes from time but they were reduced to 10 men following Richarlison’s wild challenge on Thiago.
The result means Everton preserve their three-point lead at the top of the Premier League table this weekend, with Liverpool up to second on 10 points.
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Stats and facts from the match (Backed by Opta)
- Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 23 meetings against Everton in all competitions, their longest run against a single opponent in history.
- Everton haven’t led in any of their last 14 Premier League matches against Liverpool – only Crystal Palace have had a longer run against an opponent without going ahead in the competition (17 vs Man Utd between 1992-2017).
- Everton vs Liverpool has seen more red cards than any other fixture in Premier League history (22), with Everton’s 15 in this fixture also a record for one side against another in the competition.
- Liverpool have conceded 13 goals in their five Premier League games this season – they conceded as many after 15 games last season. Indeed, 13 goals are the most Liverpool have shipped after five league games since 1953-54 (also 13).