Jordan Henderson had a late goal ruled out and Alex Iwobi was a second half substitute as ten-man Everton fought back to hold Liverpool in the Merseyside Derby at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Henderson’s goal in added time looked to have given the champions all three points but a VAR review ruled the goal out for a fractional offside against Sadio Mane who had provided the assist.
Senegalese forward Mane had given the Reds a 3rd minute lead when he finished brilliantly from Andy Robertson’s assist as Liverpool looked to make a statement early on following their shocking 7-2 loss at Aston Villa last time out.
Everton, who have not won in this fixture in ten years restored parity through Michael Keane’s 19th minute header from James Rodriguez’s corner kick.
Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah restored the Red’s lead with a driving shot in the 72nd minute after Yerry Mina’s lax clearance fell into his path.
It was Salah’s 100th goal for Liverpool in 159 appearances and the Egyptian is the 3rd fastest player to reach that mark for the Reds.
Jordan Pickford reacted brilliantly to keep out Joel Matip’s goal bound header as the Reds sought to increase their lead and that save proved crucial later on.
Carlo Ancelotti introduced Nigerian Iwobi as Everton looked for an equaliser to maintain their unbeaten start to the season and the Super Eagle’s presence proved auspicious as the Blues drew level eight minutes from time.
Straight from making a goalscoring debut for England’s Three Lions in the international break, Dominic Calvert-Lewin made it seven goals in five games as he rose highest to nod home Luca Digne’s inviting cross.
Calvert-Lewin has now scored in all five league games for the Toffees becoming the first Everton player to achieve that feat in over 80 years.
Brazilian Richarlison then saw red in added time for a bad tackle on Thiago and it appeared the sending off was set to cost Everton after Henderson scored but VAR intervened to keep the Toffees unbeaten and top of the Premier League.
It was the first dropped points for Ancelotti’s men this season while Jurgen Klopp’s side have now dropped five points in their opening five games and would be sweating on the fitness of centre back Virgil van Dyke who was forced off with an injury in the first half.