Liverpool news 'Everton can compete with the champions' - Media react to derby draw MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - Carlo Ancelotti's men remain unbeaten after a controversial encounter at Goodison Park

Liverpool news 'Everton can compete with the champions' - Media react to derby draw MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - Carlo Ancelotti's men remain unbeaten after a controversial encounter at Goodison Park

Liverpool news  'Everton can compete with the champions' - Media react to derby draw MetiNews.Com
18 October 2020 - 10:00

Breaking News ! Everton came away with a point against Liverpool in Saturday's Merseyside derby after a touch of VAR fortune. Jordan Pickford could have seen red inside the opening 10 minutes of the game for his challenge on Virgil van Dijk. VAR then denied Liverpool a winner with the last kick of the game, with Sadio Mane adjudged offside in the build-up to Jordan Henderson's strike. In between were four goals and the best part of 80 minutes where Everton matched the Premier League champions and twice battled back from behind. Here's how the national media reacted to their performance. Oliver Holt, The Daily Mail - The header, thunderous Van Dijk would have to leave to be replaced by Joe Gomez, who played well but the absence of the Dutchman showed on 20 minutes as Everton slowly established a grip on the game, getting Calvert-Lewin away, from long balls delivered by the metronomic boot of James Rodriguez. From one such foray came a corner, which James lifted directly on to the head of Michael Keane. The jump was well-timed and the header thunderous but Fabinho’s failure to challenge and Adrian’s flap were contributors to the equalising goal. Now a more equal contest ensued. Pickford redeemed himself with a flying save from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s free-kick after 24 minutes while Mane, played in by Robertson in the 35th minute in a near carbon copy of his goal, should have done better than shoot wide. On the hour, Richarlison’s diving header from James’s sumptuous cross came off the post. Liverpool would have their own lucky escape from a red card when Mane was booked for launching himself at Lucas Digne. Both sides traded blows until 73 minutes, when Henderson sent in a speculative cross. Yerry Mina should have dealt with it, but kicked it out softly at a nice height for the preying Salah to volley home. Andy Hunter, The Guardian - Premier League leaders can compete with the champions Carlo Ancelotti’s Premier League leaders showed they can compete with the champions who have dominated this fixture for so long.

. But for VAR Jordan Pickford would have conceded a penalty and should have been sent off for a disgraceful foul on Virgil van Dijk that forced the commanding Liverpool defender out of the game in the sixth minute. No penalty could be given as VAR spotted Van Dijk in an offside position as he awaited Fabinho’s cross to the back post. The VAR officials chose not to consider a possible – clear – red card for the Everton goalkeeper for serious foul play. Read More Related Articles Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock says Yannick Bolasie 'partly to blame' for collapsed Everton loan Read More Related Articles Everton verdict - Derby drama must not hide the real story of draw against Liverpool Sam Wallace, The Telegraph - A breathtaking leap and connection For Klopp this was the performance that he wanted from his players after the heavy defeat inflicted by Aston Villa before the international break. The Liverpool manager would later say that his team “dominated” the game against an Everton team that he very much implied were playing as well as they ever could hope to. One suspects Everton might get a lot better, given this was just their first draw in the eighth game of a season in which they are still unbeaten. Klopp could rely on two marvellous finishes from Mane and Mohamed Salah for his team’s two goals. On the other side there were two equalisers, first from Michael Keane and then from the young English goal-machine Dominic Calvert-Lewin who has 11 goals in 10 games for club and country. He became the first Everton player to score in each of the club’s first five league games to a season since Tommy Lawton in 1938-1939. His headed goal was a breathtaking leap and connection, and even Klopp said that as the cross came over he could hear the Everton bench declaring the goal inevitable. Klopp was deeply unhappy about the injuries to Van Dijk and Thiago, and that anger will only grow if they are judged to be out of action for some time. It was a game of extraordinary intensity and with a full Goodison Park instead of the echoing stands this would have been unforgettable. As it was, the players made enough noise and, in the 10 years that have passed without a victory in the derby, Everton at last looked ready to give their neighbours a game.

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Liverpool news 'Everton can compete with the champions' - Media react to derby draw MetiNews.Com


Liverpool news 'Everton can compete with the champions' - Media react to derby draw MetiNews.Com


Liverpool news 'Everton can compete with the champions' - Media react to derby draw MetiNews.Com

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