LIVERPOOL – Liverpool continues to increase the curse of Everton, in a Merseyside derby that has not won for more than ten years, drawing this Saturday at home (2-2) and also losing to Dutch defender Virgil Van Dijk through injury.
Jürgen Klopp’s men, who are three points behind Everton, took the lead early after two minutes after a great collective play in which Andy Robertson overflowed down the left wing and put the pass back for Sadio Mané, who returned after injury , hole to door.
The joy could be greater for Liverpool when in a foul on the edge of the area, the ball reached Van Dijk, who was run over by a clumsy Jordan Pickford. It was a penalty and probably red for the English goalkeeper, but the VAR determined that there was a millimeter offside of the Dutchman, and everything came to nothing.
Van Dijk was unable to continue and had to be replaced by Joe Gomez. Liverpool noted the Dutchman’s absence for the rest of the game. Less than ten minutes after that action, the Colombian James Rodríguez put a corner to the penalty spot that Michael Keane finished off and that folded the hands of Adrián San Miguel, who started for the injured Alisson Becker.
The Spanish goalkeeper saved a heads-up in the second half with Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and was fortunate that the wood cleared a Richarlison header before Liverpool’s 1-2.
The visiting goal came after a cross from Jordan Henderson, which Yerry Mina cleared badly and Salah hooked him to the net.
However, Liverpool still lacked the forcefulness behind Van Dijk and paid for it. Lucas Digne went down the wing with ten minutes left, put in a very rainy cross and Calvert-Lewin rose above Robertson to head out of reach of Adrián (2-2).
Liverpool had them for 2-3, but a double attempt by Mané and Diogo Jota was saved by Pickford. He played the last five minutes with one more player, due to Richarlison’s expulsion after an ugly tackle on Thiago Alcántara, and Henderson came to score the winning goal, but the VAR canceled it for an almost non-existent offside and the Reds had to settle for the tie.