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

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

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

Michael Keane cancelled out Sadio Mane's third-minute opener and Dominic Calvert-Lewin did the same after Mohamed Salah scored his 100th goal for Liverpool.

But Dominic Calvert-Lewin equalised for Everton in the 81st minute when he headed home Lucas Digne's excellent cross.

Pickford's knee-high lunge at Van Dijk came seconds after the center back was adjudged to have been narrowly offside as a cross came over to him.

That was just a few minutes after Richarlison was sent off for a horror challenge on Thiago Alcantara, following up Jordan Pickford's shocking tackle on Virgil van Dijk that went unpunished in the first half. Who could Liverpool have realistically signed keeper-wise this summer?

Salah's fortuitous pass found Andy Robertson on the left wing and the fullback cut the ball into the box for Mane to steer into the roof of the net.

Good afternoon! Welcome to the live blog for the Merseyside derby, it's been a while but Everton are quietly fancying themselves today. Join me for the build-up, team news and goals from the game!

Premier League leaders Everton twice came from behind to level in an absorbing contest at Goodison Park.

Some impressive signings, such as the purchases of James Rodriguez and Allan, were thanks largely to the influence and pull of its new Italian coach, widely regarded as one of Europe's most astute tactical minds. It was a late, reckless challenge and one that caused the Dutch defender's knee to twist awkwardly, with his foot caught in the turf. While it was questionable goalkeeping from Adrian, van Dijk's presence may also have been missed.

It raises questions about a law that allows players to make rash, risky challenges as long as the whistle has already been blown, and Liverpool had further reason to feel aggrieved as Van Dijk was forced to limp off with an injury.

Everton took advantage of the Dutchman's absence, when, from a corner, Michael Keane rose at the near post to power a header past Adrian.

Goal! Liverpool are off to a flyer!

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

Liverpool were humiliated 7-2 by Aston Villa just before the worldwide break but they quickly set about putting things right when Mane scored in the third minute, firing home a low cross from Andy Robertson.

Everton, meanwhile, will return to Premier League action with a trip to Southampton next Sunday.