Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s header salvaged a 2-2 draw for Everton in a controversial 237th Merseyside derby at Goodison Park which saw Richarlison sent off late on.
Everton had already escaped a red card and a penalty for goalkeeper Jordan Pickford early in the first half for a knee-high challenge on Virgil Van Dijk, which ended the Holland captain’s afternoon, but there was no VAR reprieve for the Brazilian’s lunge on Thiago Alcantara.
Jordan Henderson thought he had won it in the five minutes of added time against 10 men when Pickford fumbled his shot but the goal was ruled out for the tightest of offside decisions against Sadio Mane.
It was another contentious decision which meant the defending Premier League champions made the short trip home aggrieved at what they perceived a failure of VAR.
Mohamed Salah put the Reds 2-1 up with 18 minutes to go with his 100th Liverpool goal only for it to be cancelled out by the in-form Calvert-Lewin with a trademark far-post leap.
Mane had put the visitors ahead in the third minute only for Michael Keane to equalise with a header midway through the first half.
Here, we rate the players on both sides…
Should have been sent off and fortunate VAR intervened late on.
Had to be replaced in the first-half following a recurrence of his hamstring strain.
Tame clearance allowed Salah to fire Liverpool back in front.
Rose highest to head home the leveller and assured in defence.
Continues to offer an attacking threat on the left wing.
Quiet and assured display from one of the low-key signings of the summer.
Another strong showing from a man proving himself a shrewd buy.
Struggled for momentum in the first-half and was duly replaced.
No goal this week but continues to impress after his summer move.
Can’t stop scoring whether it’s for club or country – another good display.
Stupid red card late on which will see him banned from crucial games.
Will be grateful for a quieter afternoon as Alisson remains crocked.
Came close with a free-kick and offered his usual outlet.
Came in for Gomez and was steady enough.
VAN DIJK 6
Will be a cause for concern after leaving the field injured thanks to Pickford.
Looked refreshed having had a midweek rest and was a constant threat
Should perhaps have been awarded a goal in injury time.
A quiet but assured performance from the midfielder.
Showed why Liverpool brought him in during a promising first start.
Quiet throughout but popped up with his 100th goal in timely fashion.
Continues to go missing at times and was rarely a threat.
Showed why he was missed against Villa with the opening goal.