VAR drama denies Liverpool Merseyside derby win over Everton

VAR drama denies Liverpool Merseyside derby win over Everton

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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson speaks with match officials following their Premier League match against Everton.

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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson speaks with match officials following their Premier League match against Everton.

Premier League leaders Everton maintained their unbeaten start to the season with 10 men after sealing a 2-2 draw with Liverpool, who had Jordan Henderson’s late strike ruled out.

Liverpool captain Henderson thought he had scored an injury-time winner, but his strike that looped over Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was controversially ruled out for a marginal offside by the video assistant referee (VAR).

It was ruled by VAR that Sadio Mane was offside in a call that could not be seen in a live environment.

“We don’t understand why it’s offside,” said frustrated Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

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“The picture I saw once on the laptop, there’s no offside. Everyone tells me it was not offside and that doesn’t lift my mood. Obviously not our day.”

Mane, who made his return to the Liverpool lineup after recovering from coronavirus, struck the opener in the third minute before Everton defender Michael Keane’s 19th minute header saw the city rivals all square at halftime.

Mohamed Salah restored the visitors’ lead in the 72nd minute as he collected his 100th Liverpool goal with a snapshot volley, but Dominic Calvert-Lewin continued his scoring streak to salvage a point nine minutes from the final whistle.

Referee Michael Oliver shows a red card to Everton's Richarlison, obscured at left, during their English Premier League match against Liverpool.

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Referee Michael Oliver shows a red card to Everton’s Richarlison, obscured at left, during their English Premier League match against Liverpool.

Everton finished the match with 10 men after Richarlison was sent off in the 89th minute for a hard challenge on Liverpool’s Spanish midfielder Thiago.

Calvert-Lewin’s 10th goal of the campaign, and the tight VAR decision against Henderson, sees Everton still lead the table with 13 points with Liverpool moving up to second on 10.

Everton were fortunate not to have a red card sooner after Pickford clattered into Virgil van Dijk as he came into the penalty area, which ruled the Dutch defender out for the rest of the game.

In other games, Chelsea and Southampton shared a 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge as the Blues’ new German imports Timo Werner and Kai Havertz scored their first Premier League goals.

Werner netted twice before the half hour mark with Danny Ings running around Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to make it 2-1 at halftime.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring his side's second goal against Everton.

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Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring his side’s second goal against Everton.

Kepa Arrizabalaga failed to clean up Kurt Zouma’s poor back pass in the second half as Che Adams equalised for the visitors in the 57th minute, but Havertz made amends two minutes later with a well-worked finish.

Jannik Vestergaard then swooped with an injury-time header to steal a point for the Saints.

Manchester City eked out a hard-fought 1-0 win over Arsenal, thanks to Raheem Sterling’s first-half goal.

Sterling slotted a rebound into an empty net in the 23rd minute after City midfielder Phil Foden had a shot parried away by Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

It was City’s second win in four games in the Premier League, having started a week after most of the other teams because of its involvement in the latter stages of the Champions League last season.

Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes made amends for missing a penalty by scoring a brilliant go-ahead goal in their come-from-behind 4-1 win at Newcastle.

After a rare blip from the spot in the 58th minute when the score was 1-1, the Portugal midfielder surged down the field in support of Marcus Rashford and was played in by the striker before taking a touch and curling a shot into the top corner in the 86th.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Rashford scored even later goals at St. James’ Park to seal United’s comeback after the visitors went behind to Luke Shaw’s unfortunate own-goal inside two minutes.

AP

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