Premier League: VAR foils Liverpool in Merseyside Derby draw with Everton

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah scored a goal each for Liverpool, while Michael Keane and Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored for Everton at Goodsion Park.

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The decision to rule out a goal for offside following a VAR review is displayed on a screen inside the stadium during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park.

Liverpool was foiled by VAR as they were held to a 2-2 Premier League derby draw with Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday after a late effort from Jordan Henderson was ruled out.

The champion was humiliated 7-2 by Aston Villa just before the international break but it quickly set about putting things right when Sadio Mane scored in the third minute, firing home a low cross from Andy Robertson.

Liverpool suffered a blow, though, eight minutes later when defender Virgil van Dijk went off injured after a reckless challenge from Everton keeper Jordan Pickford.

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Everton took advantage of the Dutchman's absence, when, from a corner, Michael Keane rose at the near post to power a header past Adrian.

Liverpool was on top for long stretches and Mohamed Salah restored its lead in the 72nd minute, pouncing on a headed clearance from Yerry Mina and drilling a drive past Pickford.

But Everton, determined not to lose its unbeaten record, got back on level terms when James Rodriguez sent Lucas Digne down the left and his perfectly floated cross was headed home by the leaping Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

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Everton's Brazilian forward Richarlison was sent off in the 90th minute after a wild challenge on Thiago Alcantara.

Liverpool thought it had won the game in stoppage time through Henderson but VAR ruled that Mane had been narrowly offside and the goal was chalked off.

The VAR drama that left Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp bemused.

“I've seen the disallowed goal at the end and in the picture I saw it wasn't offside. Can someone explain that to me?,” the German said.

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