Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s header salvaged a 2-2 draw for Everton in a controversial 237th Merseyside derby at Goodison Park which saw Seamus Coleman again go off injured.
After missing international duty with the Republic of Ireland because of a hamstring injury picked up against Brighton, Coleman only lasted a half an hour at Goodison Park.
He left the field holding the back of his leg.
Richarlison sent off late on for the home side.
Everton had already escaped a red card and a penalty for goalkeeper Jordan Pickford early in the first half for a knee-high challenge on Virgil Van Dijk, which ended the Holland captain’s afternoon, but there was no VAR reprieve for the Brazilian’s lunge on Thiago Alcantara.
Jordan Henderson thought he had won it in the five minutes of added time against 10 men when Pickford fumbled his shot but the goal was ruled out for the tightest of offside decisions against Sadio Mane.
It was another contentious decision which meant the defending Premier League champions made the short trip home aggrieved at what they perceived a failure of VAR.
Mohamed Salah put the Reds 2-1 up with 18 minutes to go with his 100th Liverpool goal only for it to be cancelled out by the in-form Calvert-Lewin with a trademark far-post leap.
Mane had put the visitors ahead in the third minute only for Michael Keane to equalise with a header midway through the first half.
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Calvert-Lewin said it was always going to be a physical battle.
He told BT Sport: “With a derby you’ve got tackles flying, 50-50s, and it’s physical. So there’s always a chance the ref might bring out a yellow or a red.
“We’ve shown we made strides by getting back in the game and had chances to win it but we didn’t take them.
“I’m disappointed we didn’t kick on at 1-1, but we’ve done well to get back in the game.
“I genuinely thought we would do it this time (beat Liverpool after a 10-year gap). But it’s not to be, so it’s got to be the next one.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp praised his side’s performance following their 7-2 defeat at Aston Villa before the international break.
“The performance was top,” Klopp said. “You could see that was a top game from both sides.
“We were dominant against a side full of confidence with a clear plan and it was probably our best away game at Goodison since I’ve been at Liverpool. But it’s still 2-2 for different reasons.
“I would be more happy if we win, but the performance was the response at least. I wanted to see the team we were after a proper knock.”