Everton refused to go down as they came from behind twice to secure a hard-fought 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Goodison Park on Saturday evening.
Sadio Mane had given Liverpool the perfect start yet the game’s complexion changed after Virgil van Dijk was forced off injured after a challenge from Jordan Pickford. Mohamed Salah lashed a loose ball into the bottom corner as the Reds reclaimed the lead but the league’s hottest striker, Dominic Calvert-Lewin sprung highest yet again to pull the hosts level once more.
Richarlison saw a red card in the final minutes of the game before Jordan Henderson was denied a late winner by the VAR.
Liverpool had a brilliant start to the match, grabbing the opener through Sadio Mane in the third minute. It was a sweeping move as Mohamed Salah and Mane got involved after a lovely nut-meg on the right side by Alexander-Arnold on Andre Gomes. Andrew Robertson was fed to the left and his cut-back is thrashed home first-time by Mane.
Van Dijk injury
Fabinho chipped the ball towards Van Dijk and the defender was clattered by Pickford, with linesman taking the flag up for offside. The Liverpool defender remained down the floor as he was in pain. Unfortunately, he could not continue and was brought off.
Liverpool didn’t survive Everton’s corner and it was another Toffees’ goal from a set-piece. With Van Dijk in the Portakabin, Michael Keane rose above Fabinho to meet Rodriguez’s corner to head past Adrian.
In the 72nd minute, Liverpool retook the lead, out of nothing. Fabinho and Henderson combined down the right. The cross is half-cleared by Yerry Mina and the first time, Mohamed Salah fired low into Pickford’s right-hand corner.
It’s another unbelievable leap from the Everton forward, who rose majestically to meet Digne’s ball in from the left. Another cracking header and Everton drew level.
Everton were reduced to ten men as Richarlison was sent off for a nasty foul on Thiago Alcantara.
Jordan Henderson had surely won the game for Liverpool in injury-time but it had to be checked for a possible offside. It was the tightest of margins but the goal didn’t stand and Liverpool were stunned.