VAR came to the rescue for Everton as they held Liverpool to a lucky 2-2 draw with Liverpool. The Toffees showcased tremendous determination to come back from behind twice through goals from Michael Keane and Dominic Calvert-Lewin but were saved by VAR when it ruled out Jordan Henderson’s late goal, as Sadio Mane was adjudged to be offside in the build-up.
Everton Player Rated In Draw With Liverpool
Jordan Pickford 8/10
Pickford’s collision with Virgil van Dijk saw the defender being forced off during the first phase of the game. The England international made two outstanding saves in the game but couldn’t have done anything to prevent the two goals scored by Liverpool. A remarkable effort in between the sticks.
Seamus Coleman 6/10
Misjudged the flight of the ball that led to Andrew Robertson getting into an excellent position for Liverpool’s first goal. The Irishman improved after that but unfortunately picked up a hamstring injury that forced him off during the half-hour mark.
Yerry Mina 6.5/10
Yerry Mina was unlucky as his clearance went straight into the path of Mohamed Salah for the second Liverpool goal. It was a minor blip in the Colombian’s admirable defensive performance this afternoon. Got lucky with Mane’s offside call as he completely failed to mark Jordan Henderson for the potential third goal.
Michael Keane 7/10
Latched on to the cross from James Rodriguez to score the all-important first equaliser for Everton. Defensively, the Englishman managed to keep check of Salah for the most part of the game.
Lucas Digne 7.5/10
Lucas Digne lacked the intent to move forward and influence the game in the first half. However, the Frenchman improved in the second half, providing some dangerous crosses from the far side, two of which reached Calvert-Lewin, with one of them finding the back of the net.
Abdoulaye Doucoure 6.5/10
Abdoulaye Doucoure showed immense brute force to skim through the Liverpool defences at times. He was quite useful in the second line of press but lacked proper support from Gomes.
Allan experienced a rusty start to the game, losing possession at times. But, the ex-Napoli star did his job well, creating numerous turnovers in the middle of the park and keeping up with his markers.
Andre Gomes 5/10
A disappointing performance from Andre Gomes, who just wasn’t tidy enough. He was wasteful with his forward balls, which reflected poorly on Everton’s overall chance creation.
James Rodriguez 6.5/10
We didn’t see too much of James Rodriguez today, compared to what we have prior to this game. But, the Colombian looked menacing every time he had the ball, especially on the far side. It was also his cross that led to Keane’s first equaliser.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin 8/10
Showed tremendous grit and offered the physical presence in the final third for Everton, as usual. Led the line admirably, using his imposing frame to thwart defenders like Joe Gomez and Joel Matip. Scored a goal in the second half to secure a point for his side.
Richarlison had a disappointing game, providing very little in the final third. His work-rate was impressive as ever. But, a reckless challenge saw him receive a direct red card during the final phase of the game, effectively diminishing any hopes for Everton to seal all three points.
Ben Godfrey 6.5/10
Made his Everton debut in adverse conditions, as he replaced Coleman and had to operate as a right-back. The ex-Norwich City star did an impressive job though, providing mobility on the right flank.
Gylfi Sigurdsson 6/10
Didn’t make much of an impact after replacing Gomes in the second half.
Alex Iwobi N/A
A late replacement for Doucoure.