Klopp question Pickford's motivation on Van Dijk challenge

Ross Houston
October 18, 2020

Jurgen Klopp's champions were desperate to atone for their 7-2 humbling against Aston Villa before the worldwide break but had to settle for a 2-2 draw in an incident-packed game at Goodison Park. "So it's nothing, that's all", Klopp said after the game.

Dropping points at Everton means that Liverpool have now taken ten points from their opening five Premier League games, three points fewer than Carlo Ancelotti's Toffees.

"We competed with them", he said. It was a good test and I have a good feeling.

After Jordan Pickford escaped a red card on a major challenge that forced Virgil van Dijk to replace him in the first half, Liverpool were again upset when VAR stepped in to score a third goal late.

The Dutchman's towering presence was missed at the other end as Michael Keane equalised in the 19th minute.

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.

"If it's not offside, it's 100 per cent a penalty".

However, the drama did not end there as VAR deemed Mane to be offside as he provided the cross for Henderson, despite television replays proving inconclusive.

Arsenal is now without a victory in its last 29 Premier League away games against "Big Six" opponents since a 2-0 win at City in January 2015.

Frank Lampard's rallied immediately to regain the lead, Werner teeing up Kai Havertz for a neat dinked finish to make it 3-2.

When it looked like the hosts were cruising, Southampton hit back as Danny Ings went round keeper Arrizabalaga to finish and Adams punished dire Chelsea defending to smash home an equaliser.

The England forward was skippering the City team in the absence of their injured Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.

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