LIVERPOOL, England – It was a game that had it all – a frenzy for goals, controversy and two teams to toe for Premier League points – but in the end, when referee Michael Oliver blew the final whistle In the 237th Mercedes derby, a 2–2 draw between table-topping Everton and champions Liverpool was silenced.
After four months behind closed doors in England due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the game proved that football can still be exciting, passionate, and loaded with talking points without fans. In fact, it was like a demolition at times.
It included a red card for Everton’s Richardson, a controversial VAR goal denied for Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson in stagnation time, a shocking foul by Everton keeper Jordan Pickford on Virgan van Dzek who was inconspicuous and four top quality There were goals, including Mohammed Salah’s breakthrough 100-goal milestone for Liverpool.
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It was a day when Everton, still searching for their first win against their bitter rivals for 10 years, faced their city’s neighbors and defeated them in almost dying seconds. But then the final whistle came and the cacophony of noise that would normally greet the end of such a sensational encounter was changed to mute because no one was there to watch it.
It was the best Merseyside derby the fans have ever seen; Yes, they would have seen it in the pub and in their front rooms at home, but the essence of football was really needed by fans inside the stadium, celebrating the spectacle they had experienced and, at times, enduring.
So when the players stopped the pitch, they did so in front of the ghosts of Goodison Park, with portraits of Everton’s greats. It was similar to the one before kickoff, with the sound of dogs barking on the streets as they walked to the stadium. Matchstick was always evident due to its absence.
The players did their best to make up for the lack of atmosphere, with both sides not only doing their best, but also some worrying crises that cost them both.
Liverpool showed that they are ruling their 7-2 over two weeks ago at Aston Villa, while Everton proved they are on a trajectory over manager Carlo Ancelotti and his impressive, top-topping for the season Has not started
From the moment Sadio Mane put Liverpool ahead in the third minute, you could not turn your eyes away from a game that displayed the good, the bad and the ugly, of which came only minutes later when Pickford vanished Excluded the diaz. The game with a wild, footed first challenge resulting in neither a penalty nor a red card.
Everton’s goalkeeper was also not booked and no one knows why. VAR officer David Coat decided not to review the incident, which came soon after a verdict, but the England keeper should have been sent, and they should have been sent.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp did not know of Van Dzek’s injury after the game, but said that “it is not good” when asked about his concerns. With the Dutch international defender absent, Everton quickly leveled when Michael Keane raced into James Rodríguez’s corner for 19 minutes and the game continued and flow continued; Allen controlled Everton’s midfield, with Thiago Alcantara offering a rare structure for Liverpool.
Everton were determined to end their winning run against Liverpool – it’s a 10-year-old day since they last won a league derby – and it was a game when they matched up with their rivals for the Stride But when Salah scored to make it 2–1 at 72 minutes, the same old story was about to end for the Blues, after Yerry Mina’s poor clearance from Henderson’s cross.
Pickford, an erratic keeper at best, then kept his team in the game with a miraculous save to put out a Joel Matip header. However, as Liverpool looked for a decisive third when Calvert-Levine equalized with a stunning header in 81 minutes, the game was overturned.
Lucas Digne’s cross from the left was more in the area, but Calvert-Levine showed the kind of uplift that Cristiano Ronaldo is famous for, leaping high to net the ball.
Everton felt the victory and an entire Goodison floored over them, but could not score the winning goal and their hopes were dashed when Richardson was sent off foul on Thiago in the 90th minute. It was the 22nd Mercedes Derby red card in the era of the Premier League; No stability is high.
With a pause time of five minutes to play, Liverpool had a chance to win the game and it looked like Henderson did that when his shot was thrown into the net by Pickford, who was again hit by technology Was rescued, this time because VAR had acted, noting that Mane had fled in a fractal form.
A late winner for either side would have been an injustice after a game in which neither was eligible to lose. It was just a shame that no one was able to see it in the flesh, to give this remarkable derby and noise worth it.