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Everton 2 - 2 Liverpool: 5 talking points as Merseyside Derby ends in another draw | Premier League 2020-21

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Modified 17 Oct 2020, 21:13 IST
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#3 VAR in the limelight for offside calls

Jordan Pickford escaped red in the first-half
Jordan Pickford escaped red in the first-half

While Jordan Pickford was lucky to escape red in his challenge on van Dijk, his teammate, Richarlison, was sent off in the 90th minute after a reckless tackle on Thiago Alcantara. Yet, the focus was on the VAR, which made two controversial offside calls against Liverpool players (van Dijk and Mane) in the game.

Pickford's rash tackle on van Dijk could put the Dutch defender on the sidelines for months. In Klopp's post-match interview, the manager revealed that the 29-year-old's injury doesn't look good. Liverpool fans were left fuming with the decision that no foul or red card was given simply because van Dijk had been in an offside position.

VAR was again called upon during injury time, and it denied the Liverpool captain his goal. The Reds' celebration was short-lived after VAR deemed Mane to be offside in the buildup to Henderson's goal. In his post-match interview, the English international was visibly upset that his team had not gotten all three points.


#2 Mohamed Salah scores his 100th goal for Liverpool

Salah scored his 100th goal for Liverpool
Salah scored his 100th goal for Liverpool

After netting two goals against Aston Villa, and scoring the second goal for the Reds today, Mohamed Salah has now scored 100 goals in 159 games. He is now the third fastest Liverpool player to achieve this feat, behind Roger Hunt (144) and Jack Parkinson (153).

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The Egyptian was a constant threat throughout the match - getting the ball in dangerous areas, linking up well with Mane, and troubling Everton's defenders. With this strong and impressive display, Salah deserved to get his 100th goal in this high stake match.

On the other end, Calvert-Lewin netted his seventh goal of the EPL campaign to remain at the top of the goal scoring charts.


#1 The race for the Premier League trophy

Liverpool end Everton
Liverpool end Everton's winning streak
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The draw allowed Everton to maintain their unbeaten record in the Premier League, but their winning streak has now ended. Everton were not as dominant as they were against West Bromwich Albion or Brighton & Hove Albion.

Liverpool are still very much in the race for the title. However, if van Dijk were to be diagnosed with a serious knee injury, it will certainly be a huge blow to Klopp's efforts and dreams of retaining the trophy.

Only three points separate now the first and second-placed teams. If Aston Villa, Leicester City or Arsenal were to get all three points this weekend, then the competition would get even more complicated.


Also Read: Manchester City vs Arsenal: 5 key battles | Premier League 2020-21

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