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Everton 2-2 Liverpool: Dominic Calvert-Lewin earns Toffees point

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at Goodison Park
Dominic Calvert-Lewin heads in to bring Everton level at 2-2 with Liverpool in the Merseyside derby
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has become just the fourth player in Premier League history to score in each of the opening five games of a season

Everton came from behind twice to maintain their unbeaten start to the Premier League in a Merseyside derby thriller as Liverpool were denied a stoppage-time winner by the video assistant referee.

Sadio Mane put the visitors ahead in the third minute but they were furious soon afterwards when a wild challenge by Everton keeper Jordan Pickford on Virgil van Dijk, committed after an offside decision, saw the defender having to go off injured with VAR failing to review the tackle.

Everton, who had won their previous seven games in all competitions, equalised swiftly at Goodison Park when Michael Keane headed in a corner from the outstanding James Rodriguez.

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.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin's towering header restored parity with nine minutes left but Everton were then reduced to 10 men when Richarlison was sent off for a wild challenge on Thiago.

Liverpool thought they had won it in stoppage time when Pickford could not keep out Jordan Henderson's shot - but in a finish to match the chaotic nature of the game, Mane was adjudged to be offside after a lengthy wait for the VAR decision.

Pickford the central figure again

Virgil van Dijk was injured in a challenge by Jordan Pickford
Virgil van Dijk was injured in a challenge by Jordan Pickford

Everton and England keeper Pickford has been unable to stay out of the headlines this season as the spotlight has fallen on his faltering form - and he was the central figure in this eventful Merseyside derby.

When Everton were 1-0 down, he somehow escaped a red card for a challenge on Van Dijk that was dangerous enough to force Liverpool's defender off, with the Dutchman looking in much discomfort as he made his way around the pitch.

He was then in more traditional action as he made a fine save from Trent-Alexander Arnold's free-kick and then - with Liverpool no doubt feeling he should not even be on the pitch - he made a world-class save diving away to his right to keep out Matip's header when it looked a certain goal with the score 2-1 in favour of Jurgen Klopp's side.

Even then his afternoon was not over as he scrambled back in vain after failing to hold Henderson's shot - the relief clear when VAR ruled out the goal.

Everton may still not have beaten their great rivals in a decade but Carlo Ancelotti's side will take great comfort from the manner in which they fought back twice and while Liverpool were the more consistent threat, there is a serious menace about this team that was not present last season.

Thiago brings class to the chaos

Liverpool's Thiago and Everton's Rodriguez sailed serenely above the chaos in this match, showing the time and class that simply did not seem to be available to others.

In Thiago, Liverpool have added a midfield controller to the side that won the Premier League at a canter last season.

He was composed and some of his picked passes were of the highest standard, looking an absolute snip at £20m from Bayern Munich.

Salah's unforgiving finishing was on show once again, scoring his 100th goal for the club, and Liverpool will feel disappointed they could not close out the victory after leading so late on.

They mounted an expected recovery from that 7-2 thrashing at Aston Villa but they have now dropped five points in their past two away games and - even allowing for Van Dijk's early injury - do not look as impregnable as they did last season.

Klopp will hope Van Dijk's injury is not serious as, perhaps helped by the manner in which Leeds United troubled Liverpool on the opening weekend and that humiliation at Villa, there is a belief in opponents that they can be got at.

'We were dominant against a flying side'

We were dominant against a flying side - Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told Match of the Day: "Performance-wise very, very happy. Best away game we've played here since I started managing. We gave away two goals on set-pieces after changing formation.

"We were dominant against a flying side. Different things happened today. This type of offside I didn't see in the Virgil and Pickford incident.

On the Henderson ruled-out goal: "I don't know where the line is where you can do offside.

"Yes, we should have won this game. The boys played a super game. against a side with quality and confidence. Dominating from the first second is absolutely exceptional."

Everton goalscorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin: "As you'd expect in derbies, got tackles flying in 50-50, so there's always a chance the ref might bring out a yellow or red.

"Disappointed we didn't kick on at 1-1. We knew we would have spells where we wouldn't have the ball. I managed to put one away but I genuinely thought it would be coming [the win], but it wasn't to be.

"I'm disappointed we didn't win the game. In that respect it was frustrating. In terms of the bigger picture, it's a point and we'll take it."

Competing with champions gives us confidence - Ancelotti

The stats - the red card derby

  • Liverpool are unbeaten in their past 23 meetings against Everton in all competitions, their longest run against a single opponent in history.
  • Everton haven't led in any of their past 14 Premier League matches against Liverpool - only Crystal Palace have had a longer run against an opponent without going ahead in the competition (17 v Manchester United between 1992-2017).
  • Everton v 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.
  • Liverpool have conceded 13 goals in their five Premier League games this season - they conceded as many after 15 games last term. Thirteen goals is the most Liverpool have shipped after five league games since 1953-54 (also 13).
  • Mohamed Salah's goal was his 100th for Liverpool in all competitions, in his 159th game for the club - only Roger Hunt (144) and Jack Parkinson (153) have reached the milestone in fewer appearances for the Reds.
  • Dominic Calvert-Lewin is the first player to score in each of Everton's first five league games in a season since Tommy Lawton in 1938-39.
  • Calvert-Lewin is just the fourth player to score in each of his side's first five Premier League games in a season, after Arsenal's Jose Antonio Reyes (2004-05), Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (2011-12) and Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (2019-20).
  • Sadio Mane's goal after two minutes and 15 seconds was Liverpool's fastest goal in a Premier League Merseyside derby, while it was the second quickest goal overall in this fixture in the competition (Olivier Dacourt for Everton, one minute in April 1999).

What's next?

Everton visit Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday, 25 October (14:00 GMT), while Liverpool face Ajax in Amsterdam in the Champions League on Wednesday (20:00 BST) before hosting Sheffield United in the Premier League on Saturday (20:00 BST).

Player of the match

ManéSadio Mané

with an average of 6.95

Everton

  1. Squad number9Player nameCalvert-Lewin
    Average rating

    6.87

  2. Squad number19Player nameRodríguez
    Average rating

    6.46

  3. Squad number5Player nameKeane
    Average rating

    6.27

  4. Squad number12Player nameDigne
    Average rating

    5.90

  5. Squad number22Player nameGodfrey
    Average rating

    5.72

  6. Squad number6Player nameAllan
    Average rating

    5.56

  7. Squad number16Player nameDoucouré
    Average rating

    5.51

  8. Squad number21Player nameAndré Gomes
    Average rating

    5.13

  9. Squad number13Player nameMina
    Average rating

    5.07

  10. Squad number23Player nameColeman
    Average rating

    4.91

  11. Squad number7Player nameRicharlison
    Average rating

    4.88

  12. Squad number17Player nameIwobi
    Average rating

    4.81

  13. Squad number10Player nameG Sigurdsson
    Average rating

    4.73

  14. Squad number1Player namePickford
    Average rating

    3.51

Liverpool

  1. Squad number10Player nameMané
    Average rating

    6.95

  2. Squad number6Player nameThiago Alcántara
    Average rating

    6.72

  3. Squad number11Player nameMohamed Salah
    Average rating

    6.47

  4. Squad number26Player nameRobertson
    Average rating

    6.16

  5. Squad number14Player nameHenderson
    Average rating

    6.16

  6. Squad number3Player nameFabinho
    Average rating

    5.72

  7. Squad number9Player nameRoberto Firmino
    Average rating

    5.53

  8. Squad number32Player nameMatip
    Average rating

    5.47

  9. Squad number12Player nameGomez
    Average rating

    5.34

  10. Squad number20Player nameDiogo Jota
    Average rating

    5.33

  11. Squad number66Player nameAlexander-Arnold
    Average rating

    5.31

  12. Squad number5Player nameWijnaldum
    Average rating

    5.22

  13. Squad number4Player namevan Dijk
    Average rating

    4.96

  14. Squad number13Player nameAdrián
    Average rating

    3.99

Line-ups

Everton

  • 1Pickford
  • 23ColemanSubstituted forGodfreyat 31'minutes
  • 13Mina
  • 5Keane
  • 12Digne
  • 16DoucouréSubstituted forIwobiat 78'minutes
  • 6AllanBooked at 85mins
  • 21André GomesBooked at 69minsSubstituted forG Sigurdssonat 72'minutes
  • 19RodríguezBooked at 45mins
  • 9Calvert-Lewin
  • 7RicharlisonBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 8Delph
  • 10G Sigurdsson
  • 17Iwobi
  • 20Bernard
  • 22Godfrey
  • 26Davies
  • 33Olsen

Liverpool

  • 13Adrián
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
  • 32Matip
  • 4van DijkSubstituted forGomezat 11'minutes
  • 26Robertson
  • 14Henderson
  • 3FabinhoBooked at 85minsSubstituted forWijnaldumat 90+1'minutes
  • 6Thiago Alcántara
  • 11Salah
  • 9FirminoSubstituted forJotaat 78'minutes
  • 10ManéBooked at 67mins

Substitutes

  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 7Milner
  • 12Gomez
  • 17Jones
  • 18Minamino
  • 20Jota
  • 62Kelleher
Referee:
Michael Oliver

Match Stats

Home TeamEvertonAway TeamLiverpool
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home11
Away22
Shots on Target
Home5
Away8
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Everton 2, Liverpool 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Everton 2, Liverpool 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Robertson (Liverpool).

  4. Post update

    Alex Iwobi (Everton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    VAR Decision: No Goal Everton 2-2 Liverpool.

  6. Post update

    GOAL OVERTURNED BY VAR: Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) scores but the goal is ruled out after a VAR review.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Liverpool. Thiago tries a through ball, but Sadio Mané is caught offside.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool. Georginio Wijnaldum replaces Fabinho.

  9. Dismissal

    Richarlison (Everton) is shown the red card.

  10. Post update

    Sadio Mané (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Yerry Mina (Everton).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner from a direct free kick.

  13. Post update

    Sadio Mané (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Yerry Mina (Everton).

  15. Booking

    Allan (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Booking

    Fabinho (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Diogo Jota.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mohamed Salah with a through ball.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Everton 2, Liverpool 2. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lucas Digne with a cross.

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