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

Tanya Simon
October 17, 2020

But the controversy would begin in the 11th minute as Virgil van Dijk was clattered by Toffees goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

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 worldwide looking at least level, if not onside.

Adrian was held responsible by many for Liverpool's exit from the Champions League last season and he was again shaky when the Reds suffered a shock 7-2 defeat at Aston Villa this month.

Referee Michael Oliver stepped in to send the Brazilian off while the duo rolled around on the floor in agony. "Virgil played for us I don't know how many games in a row".

But Everton has enjoyed an impressive resurgence this season under new coach Ancelotti and found itself on top of the Premier League after four matches. 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.

Van Dijk last missed minutes in the Premier League in January 2018, and his absence might have contributed to Liverpool conceding the equalizer in the 20th when Keane rose highest at a corner to power a header through the raised arms of goalkeeper Adrian.

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It was Salah's 100th goal in just 138 appearances for the club, in which he has helped them to a Champions League crown and a Premier League title - as well as runners-up positions in both of those illustrious competitions.

The Reds were able to get another goal, thanks to Mohamed Salah's brilliantly struck half-volley in the second half.

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.

Everton may still be without a victory in a Merseyside derby for a decade - but they will happily take this point against Liverpool after an afternoon of chaos and controversy at Goodison Park.

Jordan Henderson thought he had secured the three points with a late victor, but it was ruled out for offside.

The game was full of incident and Sadio Mane put the Reds ahead inside three minutes with a tidy finish. However, after a lengthy VAR consultation, Mane was deemed to be offside by the finest of margins.

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