2020-21 English Premier League
  • Michael Keane (19')
  • Dominic Calvert-Lewin (81')
  • Richarlison (90')
  • Sadio Mané (3')
  • Mohamed Salah (72')

Liverpool denied late winner by VAR in dramatic Merseyside draw at Everton

Hislop: VAR saved Jordan Pickford's blushes vs. Liverpool (1:02)

Shaka Hislop has his say on the controversial VAR decision to rule out Jordan Henderson's winning goal. (1:02)

Liverpool were denied a last-minute winner by VARin a dramatic 2-2 draw against Everton in the Merseyside derby on Saturday.

Jordan Henderson thought he had won the game but Sadio Mane was given offside.

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin rescued a point for Everton after Mane and Mohamed Salah put Liverpool ahead twice in the game. Michael Keane levelled for the hosts in the first half.

Richarlison was sent off late on for a terrible challenge on Thiago but the hosts held on for a draw.

Both teams suffered important injury setbacks in the first half as Virgil van Dijk came off after a nasty challenge by Jordan Pickford while Seamus Coleman pulled a hamstring.

Mane returned after returned his positive COVID-19 test to open the scoring inside four minutes with a fine finish from Andy Robertson's cross.

Three minutes later, Liverpool wanted a penalty when Van Dijk was on the end of a reckless challenge from Pickford but he was offside and the goalkeeper didn't even receive a yellow card.

Van Dijk limped off and Everton equalised after 19 minutes when Keane converted from Lucas Digne's cross.

Salah put the visitors ahead after 72 minutes with an instinctive wonder strike inside the area to score his 100th goal for the club.

Joel Matip almost scored a third from a corner but Pickford produced a stunning save to keep it out. It turned out to be an important stop because Everton made it 2-2 with a fantastic header from Calvert Lewin.

The England international becomes the first Everton player to score in the first five league games since Tommy Lawton in 1938-39.

Henderson scored late on but the goal was ruled out by VAR.

"I don't know where the line is where you can do offside," Klopp told BBC when asked about the late disallowed goal.

"Yes, we should have won this game. The boys played a super game. against a side with quality and confidence. Dominating from the first second is absolutely exceptional."

After the match, Richarlison released a statement on social media to apologise for his challenge on Thiago.

"Anyone who knows my background knows that I've never been a violent player," he wrote. "What happened today was a fatality due to sheer excess of dedication. I did not challenge that play with the intention of hurting Thiago [Alcantara].

"When I realized we wew going to crash, I retracted my foot but my knee caught him on the way thorugh, which was inevitable due to the speed of the play. I've already sent a message to him apologizing and I am also doing it publicly.

"I hope he is fine. I also apologize to my teammates, the club and the fans for leaving them with 10 men. Unfortunately, there is nothing I can do to change what happened, other than to reflect, work and move on."

English Premier League Standings

1 Chelsea 14 +27 33
2 Manchester City 14 +21 32
3 Liverpool 14 +31 31
4 West Ham United 14 +8 24
5 Arsenal 14 -3 23
6 Tottenham Hotspur 13 -4 22
7 Manchester United 14 0 21
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 14 0 21
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 14 -2 19
10 Leicester City 14 -3 19
11 Crystal Palace 14 -1 16
12 Brentford 14 -2 16
13 Aston Villa 14 -4 16
14 Everton 14 -7 15
15 Leeds United 14 -7 15
16 Southampton 14 -7 15
17 Watford 14 -7 13
18 Burnley 13 -6 10
19 Norwich City 14 -20 10
20 Newcastle United 14 -14 7