Everton 2-2 Liverpool: Premier League – as it happened

Scott Murray on 17 October 2020

No word from Ancelotti. But we have heard from Andy Hunter. His report has landed! Here it is. Off you go ... and thanks for reading this MBM!

Klopp, in a grim mood, talks. “The performance was top ... it was a good game from both teams ... we were dominant against a side full of confidence with a clear plan ... we played a really good game, our best away at Goodison since I am in Liverpool, but it is still 2-2 for different reasons ... I would be more happy if we won, but the performance was the response ... Pickford kicks Van Dijk completely but I have to watch it back ... the Henderson goal, I didn’t see offside, but maybe somebody can explain it to me ... the game was brilliant ... should we have three points? Maybe yes but we cannot change it ... we were superior.” A long, Pinteresque pause when he’s told nobody in the BT Sport studio could work out why the late ‘winner’ was chalked off for offside. He is fuming.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin speaks. “Very strange ... we’re disappointed we didn’t kick on at 1-1 ... it’s coming, I genuinely believed the day would be today that we’d do it, but it’s not to be, so we go the next one ... we had chances to go on and win it, but didn’t take them ... I’m disappointed that we didn’t win the game ... it’s frustrating ... but in terms of the bigger picture we didn’t lose and keep the unbeaten run going.”

That result keeps Everton on top with 13 points, three clear of their Mersey rivals, who rise to second spot, for a couple of hours at least, on 10. The champions came so close to snatching all three points at the end, but were undone by VAR, Mane seemingly caught offside by the width of an armpit hair. Or something. But both teams may be happy enough with a point that keeps Everton’s success show on the road, and gets the Villa mauling out of Liverpool’s system.

FULL TIME: Everton 2-2 Liverpool

Rodriguez sends the free kick to the far post. Calvert-Lewin heads it back across. Adrian claims ... and that’s it! Another draw in the derby at Goodison ... but a much more entertaining one than usual. Klopp and Ancelotti go off arm in arm.

90 min +5: Iwobi tussles with Robertson and Wijnaldum down the right. He nips between the pair and buys a clever free kick by the corner flag.

NO GOAL! Everton 2-2 Liverpool

VAR rules the goal out for the most marginal of offsides on Mane! The pictures on BT Sport suggest otherwise, but VAR insists! On the touchline, Klopp smiles wryly.

Henderson speaks to referee Michael Oliver
Henderson speaks to referee Michael Oliver Photograph: Catherine Ivill/PA

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GOAL! Everton 2-3 Liverpool (Henderson 90+2)

Thiago plays a sensational no-look pass down the inside-left channel. Mane skitters into the box. He pulls the ball across the face of goal. Henderson slapshots it goalwards. Pickford gets a hand to it, but the ball screws off his hand, loops into the air, and in!

90 min +2: Mane is brought down in the Everton box. Only problem is, it’s Jota who clattered into him!

90 min +1: There will be four added minutes. Fabinho is replaced by Wijnaldum. Thiago, incidentally, is fine to continue.

RED CARD! Richarlison (Everton)

90 min: Richarlison goes, and doesn’t seem happy about it. Not sure what he’s complaining for, because that was another awful challenge. Everton are down to ten; they should be down to nine, of course. So much for Everton’s cultural renaissance. The Dogs of War had nothing on this.

Rodriguez speaks with Matip as Thiago lies injured
Rodriguez speaks with Matip as Thiago lies injured Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA
Referee Micheal Oliver shows a red card to Richarlison
Referee Micheal Oliver shows a red card to Richarlison Photograph: Cath Ivill/EPA

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88 min: A studs-up slide on Thiago’s standing leg. He was really flying in. Referee Michael Oliver takes his red card out ... though he’s not shown it yet, because Richarlison has stayed down.

87 min: Alexander-Arnold attempts a surprise whipper into the top left. It flies harmlessly wide, and Pickford looked to have read it anyway.

86 min: Mane is bundled over just outside the Everton box by Mina. A free kick by the left-hand corner of the area. A very dangerous position, with the box loaded.

85 min: Allan is booked for repeated transgressions.

84 min: Fabinho is booked for a clip on Rodriguez’s ankle. Rodriguez goes down. Richarlison continues an attack. That fizzles out, so Liverpool launch one of their own. Eventually that breaks down too. Rodriguez isn’t happy that Liverpool didn’t kick the ball out of play, but Richarlison set the template.

83 min: Liverpool are this close to regaining the lead. Salah dinks Mane into the Everton box down the right. Pickford half-smothers, a fine save. The ball breaks to Jota, who tries to chip home. He doesn’t catch it. Mane attempts to help it on, but can only head it wide.

GOAL! Everton 2-2 Liverpool (Calvert-Lewin 81)

The in-form striker scores his tenth goal of the season! And what a leap this was! Rodriguez slips Digne away down the left. Digne hangs one up to the far post, where Calvert-Lewin rises above Robertson and guides a simply brilliant header across Adrian and into the left-hand side of the net. Can anyone stop this man?

Calvert-Lewin heads in
Calvert-Lewin heads in Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/PA
Adrian can’t get close to it
Adrian can’t get close to it Photograph: Tony McArdle - Everton FC/Everton FC/Getty Images

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80 min: Klopp’s still berating his players. Not happy at all. Ancelotti cuts a more pensive figure.

79 min: Salah sends an oscillating snapshot towards Pickford, who makes a meal of parrying, but completes the job.

78 min: Both sides make a change. Everton replace Doucoure with Iwobi, while Liverpool send on Jota in place of the Firmino, who was quiet again by his own standards.

77 min: From the corner, Matip plants a header towards the top left. It’s in all the way ... but Pickford extends a telescopic arm and turns it away! What a save, his second big contribution of the afternoon. Well, third, but you get the general point.

76 min: Alexander-Arnold nearly flicks Salah free down the inside-right channel, but Keane manages to bundle out for a corner. “It is more likely that Pickford will decide the match with a baffling blunder,” adds Jerome Brost. “In which case, it will be us Everton fans lamenting that he was not sent off.”

74 min: Fabinho gets past Keane down the right but, upon entering the box, and with Salah and Firmino in space in the middle, allows the defender to bite back and clear. Here’s Matt Dony: “To be fair to Duncan Edwards, Pickford does have a history of last-minute match-winning contributions in this fixture.”

73 min: That was a goal of effortless brilliance. Everton respond by replacing Gomes with Sigurdsson.

GOAL! Everton 1-2 Liverpool (Salah 72)

What a finish this is! Salah has done next to nothing this afternoon ... except this! Fabinho slides Henderson into space down the right. Henderson’s cross is half cleared by Mina. Salah swings his left boot gracefully, sending a power curler into the bottom left, leaving Pickford no hope whatsoever!

Salah reacts quickly to score
Salah reacts quickly to score Photograph: Paul Greenwood/BPI/REX/Shutterstock

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70 min: This is getting all a bit scrappy. And fiery, Henderson and Gomes getting involved in a trenchant, and utterly pointless, back-and-forth.

Andre Gomes clashes with Jordan Henderson
Andre Gomes clashes with Jordan Henderson Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Reuters

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69 min: Gomes is booked for a cynical trip on Fabinho. “Often when a player ‘escapes’ a red card he pops up later with a match-winning contribution to a chorus of ‘arguably shouldn’t have even been on the pitch’. It’d be fun if Pickford nodded home in the 95th minute, no?” Duncan Edwards stirring the pot there.

67 min: Mane and Digne tangle in mid-air, eyes on the ball, both players leaping with feet up. Digne comes off worse, and Mane is booked.

66 min: “There’s nobody on the second ball!” Jurgen Klopp there, on the touchline, bollocking his players in the grand style. He’s far from happy.

65 min: Rodriguez is allowed to advance towards the Liverpool box. Just before reaching the area, he opens his body and curls powerfully towards the bottom left. Adrian does well to get down and turn the ball away from danger.

63 min: Fabinho floats a chip down the middle. Salah hopes to get on the end of it, but Pickford’s out to the edge of his box to claim well. Good luck guessing who scores the next goal.

61 min: Thiago, Salah, Henderson and Firmino combine well down the middle, a thrusting move that eventually earns a corner. Nothing comes of the set piece, but that’s the first time Liverpool have shown in attack for a wee while.

59 min: From the right corner of the Liverpool box, Rodriguez floats a delicious ball to the far stick. Richarlison slams his header off the post. He received a gentle shove in the back before that effort, and he’s not happy as a result, demanding a penalty. He’s not getting one.

58 min: Everton have enjoyed 75 percent possession in the last five minutes. They’ve clearly taken their pressing up a notch since the break, no doubt on the receiving end of a very elegant talking-to at half-time.

56 min: Robertson is up and about again. A thumbs up to the bench, and it’s relief for Liverpool. “Commentators in the US are saying that had Pickford committed that ‘tackle’ inside the centre circle, he’d be off,” reports Justin Kavanagh. “Had he committed it inside a UFC cage, he’d be off.”

55 min: The referee and VAR decide it was simply some scrappy nonsense. But Robertson stays down, more worrying signs for Liverpool.

54 min: Mina shoves Robertson from behind. Robertson goes down, then stretches out in frustration at Allan, who in turn collapses. The referee needs some help from VAR to find out what went on.

52 min: Everton knock it around with confidence. Rodriguez, Gomes, Doucoure and Allan seeing plenty of the ball right now.

50 min: Rodriguez caresses a glorious right-to-left diagonal pass to Digne, who fizzes a low ball into the centre for Calvert-Lewin. The in-form striker should score, ahead of Gomez, but takes a fresh-air swipe, allowing Adrian to smother. What a chance ... and that was a truly sensational pass by Rodriguez.

48 min: Robertson crosses from the left. Keane half clears. Henderson ambles onto the ball as it drops by the left-hand edge of the D, and fizzes a riser towards the top left. Not far away at all; Pickford might not have reached it had it been on target as intended.

47 min: Thiago sprays a fine diagonal ball towards Salah, who interchanges with Henderson. Salah can’t quite control the return, the ball breaking to Fabinho, who aims for the top right but flays it well wide.

Everton get the second half underway! No changes at the break.

Pickford’s out-of-control scissor tackle on Van Dijk doesn’t get any better upon repeated viewing. As Peter Crouch says on BT Sport, it was a potential leg-breaker. “It’s horrendous.” Leon Osman agreed that it was a potential “career-ender”. Even notorious company man Peter Walton, who usually jumps through hoops of fire to argue the referee got it right, admits: “The foul is still relevant because even though the whistle may have gone, or the game had stopped, players are still accountable for their actions. Personally I think it was serious foul play, and Pickford is lucky not to be sent off.”

HALF TIME: Everton 1-1 Liverpool

A breathless half of football comes to an end. Both teams will be happy with their work up front, perhaps less so with their efforts in defence. Jordan Pickford is lucky to still be on the park. The second half promises much. No flipping!

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45 min +4: Salah drifts in from the right. He’s got space and time to size up a pass, with Mane to his right and Firmino to his left. He dallies and finds neither.

45 min +2: Gomes crosses from the left. It’s threatening to float into the top right - think Paul Konchesky for West Ham against Pepe Reina in the 2006 FA Cup Final - and Adrian is forced to tip over the bar. Nothing comes of the resulting corner.

45 min +1: In the first of four added minutes, the free kick is half cleared, then pearled back goalwards by Thiago. It’s a screamer, but one blocked magnificently by Godfrey, improvising bravely, flinging his chest in the taking-one-for-the-president style. Magnificent play all round!

45 min: Rodriguez is booked for a cynical clip on Mane, who was making good towards the Everton box down the left. A free kick just to the side of the area.

44 min: Richarlison spins and hoicks a poor effort miles over the bar from the edge of the box. He’d worked some space and should have tested Adrian. Meanwhile here’s some perspective on the Van Dijk / Pickford incident from Guardian Unlimited’s (ask your granny) favourite Evertonian: “I really do think that Pickford got away with a stone cold red card there,” writes Gary Naylor. “The offside doesn’t matter really - most punch-ups happen in the aftermath of a free kick. Pickford spends 90 minutes out of control and that ‘challenge’ definitely endangered an opponent.”

42 min: Henderson takes a whack in the mouth while trying to prod home a fizzing low right-wing cross by Firmino. It’s accidental, as he runs into Godfrey while the ball clanks off Mina. Liverpool’s captain is back up and running quickly enough.

41 min: Doucoure flashes a ball across the face of the Liverpool box from the right. Calvert-Lewin tries to flick home, but can’t get enough purchase on it. Then Rodriguez plays a glorious no-look through ball down the inside left for Gomes, but the flag goes up for offside. This is so open.

40 min: They’ve just shown a replay of Pickford’s challenge on Van Dijk. I have no idea how the keeper wasn’t sent off, wrapping both legs around the defender’s standing leg and twisting his knee. An awful challenge. That could be a serious injury for Liverpool’s defensive lynchpin.

39 min: Another soft Salah finish as he interchanges with Thiago down the inside right. Thiago looks very impressive, like that’s breaking news.

37 min: Robertson hauls down Rodriguez. A free kick’s flung in from the right. Liverpool clear and nearly bust Everton open on the counter, Mane and Henderson combining cutely in the middle, Alexander-Arnold nearly freeing Mane with a crossfield pass. Not quite.

36 min: Liverpool are beginning to press Everton back. Allen fouls Mane. Thiago flicks the free kick into the box, Salah nearly finding enough space to get a shot away from a tight position on the left. He’s crowded out, and nothing comes from the resulting corner.

34 min: Liverpool nearly retake the lead with a sensational move down the left, Firmino nutmegging Doucoure and freeing Robertson, who cuts back for Mane. Mane opens his body and nearly finds the bottom right with a guided sidefoot. Close, and I’m not sure Pickford had it covered.

33 min: Godfrey is immediately in the thick of it, foxed by a Gerrardesque crossfield pass by Henderson that finds Mane free on the left. The ball’s worked back to Thiago, who whistles a rising shot inches wide of the left-hand post.

32 min: Ben Godfrey, Everton’s big-money signing from Norwich, comes on for Coleman.

31 min: Richarlison goes down and feels his hamstring. Then on the other side of the pitch, Coleman drops to one knee and does exactly the same thing. Doesn’t look good for the Everton captain.

29 min: So having said that, the game suffers its first lull.

27 min: This is good high-paced fun, with both teams piling forward at every opportunity, Liverpool working it wide, Everton looking to go a bit longer and spring the visitors’ high line. This surely won’t end 1-1.

25 min: Henderson tips the dead ball to the right. Alexander-Arnold curls powerfully towards the top left. Pickford, at full stretch, tips around for a corner that leads to nothing. That was a very decent effort by Alexander-Arnold, and a superb save from Pickford.

23 min: Thiago flips a ball down the inside-left channel for Mane, who takes a high boot from Gomes. Actually no contact, but it was dangerous play, and it’s a free kick for Liverpool, just to the left of centre, 25 yards out. Gomes is incensed, and nearly talks himself into the book. Just a ticking off.

21 min: Salah tries to hit straight back for Liverpool by using Keane as cover, hoping to curl home from the right-hand corner of the D. But the shot’s an awful drag, straight at Pickford, who claims without fuss.

GOAL! Everton 1-1 Liverpool (Keane 19)

Keane rises above Fabinho and Firmino and plants a header into the net! It wasn’t quite into the top-right corner, and straight at Adrian, but such was the power you can’t really blame the keeper for not turning it over the bar. Though doubtless some will. Everton are level!

Keane leaps highest to score
Keane leaps highest to score Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Reuters
Keane celebrates with Doucoure and James
Keane celebrates with Doucoure and James Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Reuters

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18 min: Rodriguez picks up a loose ball in the middle. He’s got Richarlison in acres down the inside-left channel, and should slip him clear, but overcooks the pass. No matter, Everton come again, Calvert-Lewin raging down the right and hammering a shot from a tight angle that Adrian is forced to tip round his post. And from the resulting corner ...

17 min: A long pass down the middle by Digne. Calvert-Lewin takes it down smoothly, drops a shoulder to edge inside past Gomez, and sends a weak shot straight at Adrian. An easy confidence-building gather for the under-pressure Liverpool stand-in keeper.

15 min: Liverpool continue to dominate possession. Everton haven’t really got started yet.

8 min: Van Dijk might have twisted his knee. Worrying scenes for Liverpool. It won’t be a penalty,

13 min: Headed chances at either end. First Digne whips in from the left for Calvert-Lewin, who can’t keep it down; then Robertson flings one in for Firmino, who likewise heads over. It’s been an entertaining and lively start, with Liverpool looking extremely confident.

11 min: Yep, on comes Gomez, who has been worryingly out of form of late. Liverpool will be hoping Van Dijk’s withdrawal is precautionary rather than serious. Pickford needlessly and aggressively wrapped both of his legs around his standing leg, and I’m not sure why Pickford wasn’t at least booked, or sent off.

10 min: Van Dijk can’t continue. He’s walking straight back to the temporary hut in the car park. Gomez will come on in his stead.

6 min: From the corner, a ball’s swung in from the left. Van Dijk tries to get onto it at the far post. He’s scissored by Pickford, an absurd challenge, and Van Dijk goes down holding his knee. It would have been a penalty, had the flag not gone up for offside.

Van Dijk collides with Pickford
Van Dijk collides with Pickford Photograph: Peter Byrne/Reuters

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5 min: Liverpool are rampant. Robertson slips Mane into space down the left. Mane crosses towards the near post. Henderson heads from six yards, but not particularly well. Digne is able to eyebrow out for a corner. If Henderson got behind that, it was a goal.

GOAL! Everton 0-1 Liverpool (Mane 3)

Liverpool shuttle the ball right to left. Robertson diddles his way past Coleman, drops a shoulder, and slips inside for Mane, who lifts an unstoppable shot into the top left. Pickford had no chance. What a wonderful sweeping move. What a start for the champions!

Mane celebrates after scoring the opening goal
Mane celebrates after scoring the opening goal Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

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2 min: Fabinho snaffles the ball in the centre circle and rolls an immediate pass down the middle. Salah can’t bring the ball with him, allowing Keane to step in.

35 seconds: The first big collision of the afternoon as Van Dijk stands firm, in Rodriguez’s road. A garden variety foul, but one felt by the brilliant Colombian.

And we’re off! Liverpool get the ball rolling, but only after all players take a knee. No room for racism. Black lives matter. The visitors are kicking towards the Gwladys Street end in the first half.

The teams are out! Everton are playing in ... ach, you know the score here. What we’d give for Goodison to be bouncing now ... but you know all that, too. This promises to be a proper match, though, hopefully an end to that sequence of three goalless draws in Goodison derbies. Everton troop out of the tunnel, while Liverpool make it to the field from the temporary hut in the car park. “You want to know the simple truth?” asks Philip Ritson. “Ancelotti has the measure of Klopp and Everton are in better form than Liverpool. This Liverpool supporter is afraid! Very afraid!”

Manager of the month Carlo Ancelotti speaks! “We are sure that we are going to play the best team in the Premier League ... honestly we didn’t expect what happened in their last game ... it is an honour for us to play against them ... it’s a derby, an important game, and I expect a good game from us ... it’s a good test ... it is exciting, the only thing that we miss is the crowd, but we have to respect the code and protocols ... I hope to give happiness to our fans from home ... we started well, but we want to continue.” Halfway through the interview he was squirted from below by a rogue sprinkler, and reacted to a brief splash of discomfort with grace, humour and charm, not missing a beat. One of the game’s smoothest operators. Two genuinely likeable managers facing each other this lunchtime.

Ancelotti and Klopp shake hands before the match
Ancelotti and Klopp shake hands before the match Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/PA

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Jurgen Klopp is asked by BT Sport’s Des Kelly if this is the worst sort of fixture to have after a bad defeat. “It’s the game, the only one we’ve got ... it’s good, whatever situation you are in, it’s the most special game of the season ... on the other side I would have no problem if Everton would be in a bad place having lost the last 12 games in a row! ... but it’s exactly how it should be, they are ready, we are ready, it should be a good game ... all the changes are significant, that’s why we do them ... the line-up is the line-up because we think it’s the right one for this game ... we did a lot of things wrong against Villa, but the art is to keep the good things, because they were there, even if nobody remembers them!”

While it’s ten years to the day since Everton’s last win against Liverpool, today’s date also has a more profound significance. It’s five years since the passing of a genuine Goodison legend, the great Howard Kendall, who won the title with his beloved Blues as both player and manager.

Some pre-match reading. Andy Hunter, our man on Merseyside, assesses the new, confident Everton ahead of today’s potential season-shaper.

Everton make two changes from the side that saw off Brighton 4-2 a fortnight ago. Allan and Andre Gomes take the places of Tom Davies and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Liverpool hand a first Premier League start to Thiago. He’s one of four changes to the team spanked 7-2 by Aston Villa. Joel Matip, Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane also come in. They take the places of Joe Gomez, Georginio Wijnaldum, Naby Keita and Diogo Jota.

The teams

Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Mina, Keane, Digne, Doucoure, Allan, Andre Gomes, Rodriguez, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison.
Subs: Delph, Sigurdsson, Iwobi, Bernard, Godfrey, Davies, Olsen.

Liverpool: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago, Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Subs: Wijnaldum, Milner, Gomez, Jones, Minamino, Jota, Kelleher.

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland).

Preamble

It’s the tenth anniversary of a most acceptable Merseyside derby for Liverpool. “That was as good as we have played all season, and I have no qualms with the performance whatsoever,” smiled Roy Hodgson. The future looked bright for Roy’s Reds! If you didn’t pay too much attention to the league position: 19 out of 20. Oh Roy.

It was also a good day for Everton, who won the game 2-0 at a canter. Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta scored the goals as chants of “Going down, going down, going down” rang around Goodison Park. However times change, and that’s the last time Everton beat Liverpool in any competition. Since then, it’s been 11 wins and 11 draws for the Reds against their biggest rivals in all competitions, and now they’re champions of England.

BUT! Everton go into this match with a 100 percent record this season, while Liverpool are coming off the back of that 7-2 humiliation. Should Carlo Ancelotti’s impressive side win this lunchtime, they’ll not only be slaking their great derby thirst; they’ll also start the season with five straight wins for the first time since 1938-39, a season they ended as champions. Dominic Calvert-Lewin: the Tommy Lawton de nos jours.

Liverpool, on the other hand, may feel they have a statement to make after their mauling at Villa Park. So this is set up perfectly. A cracker awaits, even if this particular Goodison fixture has a habit of ending in a bore draw. Not this time, surely. Here’s to a classic everyone on Merseyside deserves right now, on account of their currently being grifted by The Man. It’s on!

Kick off: 12.30pm BST.

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