Liverpool's Salah, Mane, Thiago earn 8/10 in Merseyside derby draw vs

Ross Houston
October 17, 2020

Liverpool thought they'd snatched all three points right at the death, only for VAR to deem Mane as offside in the build-up despite the Senegal global looking at least level, if not onside.

And in Dominic Calvert-Lewin Everton have a player who has made the most remarkable strides in the past 12 months - from a young striker with a faultless attitude but not a ruthless edge in front of goal to someone who now looks to have the complete attacking game and can not stop scoring.

It was seemingly only the fact an offside call had been made that meant Pickford avoided getting a card, with the VAR not checking for a red card.

Liverpool, intent on putting that humiliating 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa behind it, began the game at breakneck speed and found a deserved early breakthrough after just three minutes.

Richarlison's red card challenge on Thiago during Everton vs Liverpool was so horrific, BT Sport's Steve McManaman couldn't watch the replays.

However, Liverpool's afternoon turned sour when van Dijk limped off minutes later after being on the wrong end of a shocking challenge from Everton number one Pickford.

Everton did finish the game down to 10 men as Richarlison was shown a straight red card for another risky lunge, this time on Thiago Alcantara.

To add to Liverpool's disappointment, they suffered an injury to key defender Virgil van Dijk which forced the Dutchman out of the game in the 11th minute. "Virgil played for us I don't know how many games in a row".

Everton then drew level in the 19th minute when Michael Keane headed home an equaliser for the home side. Who could Liverpool have realistically signed keeper-wise this summer?

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.

Salah struck a crisp first-time shot with his left foot that picked out the corner of the net.

This is because Liverpool are the best side they have played this term but Everton also showed grit when in the past they may have collapsed.

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

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. Sadio Mane lashes the ball past Pickford!

However, the drama did not end there as VAR deemed Mane to be offside as he provided the cross.

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