Everton fight back to hold Liverpool


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.

More to follow.

Everton fight back to hold Liverpool

Player of the match

ManéSadio Mané

Everton

  1. Squad number9Player nameCalvert-Lewin

  2. Squad number19Player nameRodríguez

  3. Squad number5Player nameKeane

  4. Squad number12Player nameDigne

  5. Squad number22Player nameGodfrey

  6. Squad number6Player nameAllan

  7. Squad number16Player nameDoucouré

  8. Squad number21Player nameAndré Gomes

  9. Squad number13Player nameMina

  10. Squad number23Player nameColeman

  11. Squad number7Player nameRicharlison

  12. Squad number17Player nameIwobi

  13. Squad number10Player nameG Sigurdsson

  14. Squad number1Player namePickford

Line-ups

Everton

  • 1Pickford
  • 23ColemanSubstituted forGodfreyat 31′minutes
  • 13Mina
  • 5Keane
  • 12Digne
  • 16DoucouréSubstituted forIwobiat 78′minutes
  • 6AllanBooked at 84mins
  • 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 84minsSubstituted forWijnaldumat 90+1′minutes
  • 6Thiago Alcántara
  • 11Salah
  • 9FirminoSubstituted forJotaat 78′minutes
  • 10ManéBooked at 67mins

Substitutes

  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 7Milner
  • 12Gomez
  • 17Jones
  • 18Minamino
  • 20Jota
  • 62Kelleher

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