The cliché “form goes out the window in a derby” might never be more applicable than the disappointing draw witnessed at Anfield. Make no mistake about it, Liverpool dropped points, finishing 1-1 against Everton in a match they should have won easily.
With a surprisingly weaker starting eleven than expected, Liverpool still absolutely dominated Everton, especially in the first half. In the opening 45 minutes, no Toffee had more touches than Jordan Pickford, who was responsible nearly a quarter of his side’s passing. Yet, Liverpool could only manage a single goal, a stunning strike from Mo Salah.
The combination of a completely rotated midfield and Dominic Solanke starting as striker resulted in a rhythm that was more syncopated than incisive. Despite all the possession and control of the game, the Reds failed with their final ball and missed their recent ruthlessness. Everton were content to stay in their own box and benefitted from a refereeing decision. Apart from a singular moment of magic by Salah, the Reds played well but did not do enough to finish off their Merseyside rivals.
In the end, poor decision-making all-around undid all the good work. Not for the first time, Dejan Lovren was at the scene of the crime. In a daft move, he clumsily committed to challenging Dominic Calvert-Lewin when there was no need to do so and the referee was conned into making a dubious decision. For all the controversy, the match should never have been close enough that conceding a bad goal would make a difference.
Here are four findings from the match.