Liverpool news 'Ruinous influence of VAR' - National media react to draw with Everton MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - VAR and Jordan Pickford dominated the reaction from the Red corner of the Merseyside derby
Breaking News ! Liverpool were denied victory in controversial circumstances as they drew 2-2 against Everton in the Merseyside derby on Saturday. Jordan Henderson thought he'd snatched all three points for the Reds in stoppage time, only for Sadio Mane to be adjudged offside in the build-up by VAR. Richarlison was sent off afterwards for a reckless challenge on Thiago Alcantara, who joined Virgil van Dijk in hospital post-match after he was subject of a horror tackle from Jordan Pickford that went unpunished. The extent of the Dutchman's injury is yet to be confirmed by the club but there are fears it could be a lengthy absence for Van Dijk. With so many talking points, here's a round-up of what the national media made of the 2-2 draw. Oliver Holt, The Daily Mail - Jordan Pickford the most relieved man at Goodison Jordan Henderson stood on the touchline at Goodison Park after the Merseyside derby, shaking his head and talking about a goal and a conversation. He was still ruing the fact that the last-gasp strike he thought had won the match had been ruled out by VAR and now he was talking about the apology Jordan Pickford had just made to him. Henderson said Pickford had approached him after the final whistle at the end of the 2-2 draw to say sorry about his brutal, scything early tackle that had put Virgil van Dijk out of the game and led to fears that the Liverpool centre half could be out injured for a prolonged period. The England goalkeeper asked Henderson if he would pass on his regret to the Dutchman. In many ways, the actions of the under-pressure England goalkeeper dominated this Everton-Liverpool battle every bit as much as the composure of Thiago Alcantara, the threat of Sadio Mane and the promptings of James Rodriguez. Pickford was critical to the outcome, partly because he shouldn’t have been on the pitch beyond the first 10 minutes. Andy Hunter, The Guardian - All wiped away by the ruinous influence of VAR Gylfi Sigurdsson was on the centre spot ready to restart the final seconds of another stoppage-time and self-inflicted derby defeat for Everton. Jürgen Klopp, having filled the empty stands of Goodison Park with a boom of delight when Jordan Henderson struck Liverpool’s winner in the 92nd minute, was cajoling his players back into position. Then the referee, Michael Oliver, stopped. Everything stopped; the restart, the defeat and the victory. All wiped away by the ruinous influence of VAR. When Oliver awarded a free-kick to Everton for a barely detectable offside against Sadio Mané, and not the goal everyone inside the stadium believed had been scored, the blue contingent dotted around the directors’ box leapt into the air. As well they might, unaccustomed as they are to outrageous fortune in the Merseyside derby. Everton’s 10-year wait for a win over Liverpool goes on but this time without complaint. Carlo Ancelotti’s Premier League leaders showed they can compete with the champions who have dominated this fixture for so long.
. Sam Wallace, The Telegraph - With a full Goodison Park instead of the echoing stands this would have been unforgettable 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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Melissa Reddy, The Independent - One of the core characteristics he has infused in them: a strong response to setbacks. Meanwhile, on the five-year anniversary of Jurgen Klopp's first game in charge of Liverpool, his men illustrated one of the core characteristics he has infused in them: a strong response to setbacks. They were annihilated 7-2 last time out by Aston Villa, their heaviest defeat in 57 years, but returned to intense, impressive type here. That after losing their best defender - who had played every minute of the prior 74 league games - before double digits were even on the clock. Goodison derbies have been famed for being tense, dull affairs with seven of the last eight finishing goalless. Not in this season of insanity, however. Inside 10 minutes, Andy Robertson had motored past Seamus Coleman and cut back for the ceaseless Sadio Mane to lift the ball into the top left. There was nothing Jordan Pickford could do.
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