VAR drama as Liverpool held to derby draw

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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.”

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