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Gary Lineker responds to Liverpool FC's 2-2 draw at Everton

Everton's Dominic Calvert Lewin scoring the equaliser against Liverpool Everton's Dominic Calvert Lewin scoring the equaliser against Liverpool
Cary Erickson | 17 October, 2020, 21:24

Michael Keane's thumping header midway through the first half had canceled out Sadio Mane's early opener, before Mo Salah looked to have snatched an undeserved victory for Liverpool in the second half.

With a leap reminiscent of Cristiano Ronaldo, Calvert-Lewin rose high to power a header into the bottom corner from Lucas Digne's left-wing cross and equalize in the 81st minute at an empty Goodison Park.

The Premier League champions as Sadio Mane clinically put them ahead in the first few minutes, but things quickly took a downturn as Virgil van Dijk was forced off just minutes later as a effect of Jordan Pickford's challenge, which went unpunished by the officials.

Honours were even although there was plenty of acrimony and debate afterwards - with Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti clearly happier than their counterparts, who were also furious after a late challenge by Richarlison injured Thiago Alcantara and brought the Brazilian striker a red card.

Henderson snapped afterwards: "It must be offside because the VAR that everyone wants said it was offside".

Klopp's team has, however, conceded 13 goals after just five games of their title defense.

Van Dijk once again started in the heart of the Liverpool back four for today's 12.30pm kick-off at Goodison Park and the Dutchman was partnered by Joel Matip with Joe Gomez dropping to the bench. It was a late, reckless challenge and one that caused the Dutch defender's knee to twist awkwardly, with his foot caught in the turf.

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It was seemingly only the fact an offside call had been made that meant Pickford avoided getting a card, with the VAR not checking for a red card.

Virgil Van Dijk could miss the rest of the season after he has reportedly suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury during the Merseyside derby.

To make matters worse for the champions, Everton soon found an equaliser as Michael Keane headed home in the 19th minute.

But it was Liverpool who remained the more unsafe side for the remainder of the first-half.

Liverpool were hampered by having to play without its best defender for most of the match.

With a man advantage following Richarlison's dismissal in the 90th minute, Liverpool pressed to find the victor and thought it had secured all three points at the death.