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Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw by city rivals Everton in the Merseyside derby on Sunday in what can only be described as an incredibly frustrating game for Jurgen Klopp and his men.

New Everton manager Sam Allarayce’s plan was to come to Anfield and frustrate Liverpool and it worked, as Mohamed Salah’s beautiful opener just shy of half time was cancelled out by a late on Wayne Rooney penalty.

Allardyce was the last manager to leave the red half of Merseyside with a win, doing it with Crystal Palace last campaign with two Christian Benteke goals giving the Eagles a 2-1 win.

Klopp rotated the squad from the dominating display at Brighton, controversially in the eyes of some fans and pundits who say the derby is always a priority. Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho were on the bench while Dominic Solanke started his second league game.

The first half was all Liverpool, who had 12 attempts to Everton’s one, as well as 79% of the ball. The Toffees tried to hold on until half time, going in at 0-0 until Salah opened the scoring in beautiful style.

Salah got the ball on the right, cut inside as he loves to do, beat Cuco Martina for strength, Idrissa Gueye for skill and curled the ball round Ashley Williams’ body and out of the reach of Jordan Pickford.

It could’ve been better before half time when Sadio Mané was clean through, and all he had to do was square the ball to the waiting Salah, Dominic Solanke or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but Mané shot wide of the post.

The second half went much the way the first did, with the Reds dominated with 11 shots to two, and what seemed like limitless chances to get the ball in the Kop net, from Mané, Salah and even Joe Gomez nearly got on the scoresheet.

However, with 15 minutes to go, Dominic Calvert-Lewin ran through and Dejan Lovren put two hands on his back, forcing the young Englishman down and giving Everton the chance to get back level.

With their only shot on target in the second half, Wayne Rooney smashed the ball down the middle and celebrated his first Merseyside derby goal in front of his fans.

That was how the game ended, annoyingly for Klopp but brilliantly for Allardyce. However, it’s derby day, form goes out the window, as did two much deserved points.

 

Article by Jack Riley

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