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  • David Tyrer

Player Ratings: Everton 2-2 Liverpool

A useless sack of shit. Am I talking about the referee, David Coote in the VAR hub 100 miles away or Jordan Pickford? Take your pick, it could be any of them.


But they all came out of the game today with more than LFC, who should've strolled out of Goodison with our first win there in years.


A host of shocking decisions, starting with an offside against Van Dijk (which wasn't), swiftly followed by a career-ending lunge from Pickford that should've resulted in a straight red and lengthy additional ban (which wasn't).


Then we had the constant fouling from Allan, Rodriguez, Mina and Keane, which resulted in just two yellow cards amongst the four, and all of those late in the second half.


We then had the lunge from Richarlson which Oliver had no choice but to punish with a straight red. In truth, it should've been the home side's third red card of the match.


Then, let's not forget, that Pickford made two great saves that would've put us out of sight, when he shouldn't have been on the pitch at that stage.


It all culminated in a late, late goal from Liverpool, which should've given us a deserved three points. Instead, Oliver and the inept Coote conspired to rule Henderson's winning goal out for a baffling offside.


You'd be forgiven for forgetting that a football match took place, with the officials and tragically useless use of VAR taking centre-stage once again. Despite that, Liverpool remain second in the table, for the time being.


Check out the player ratings below:

Adrian - As he was against Villa, Adrian was totally at fault for the home side's first goal. He truly should've done better. But the defence shouldn't have even allowed a shot at this goal. Couldn't do anything about Everton's second goal. 5

Trent Alexander-Arnold - He's still only 21 but he really needs to improving his defending, tracking and cutting out of crosses. It continues to be a sore point, and the only real mark against him but it was on full display for Everton's second, as he failed to cut out an easy cross from the right. 6

Virgil Van Dijk - Aggressive, imperious and well up for it. Before Everton's number one attempted to GBH him. Looks to be facing a lengthy spell on the side lines. N/A


Joel Matip - Stepped up in Van Dijk's absence. Looked class, showed a superb range of passing and had no fault for any of the home team's goals. Just hope he gets a good run and a settled partner now, as he will become our main man at the back. 7


Andy Robertson - Continued his good start to the season, and looked much happier with Mane back in front of him. Caused Everton murder down the left and unlucky not to get a couple of assists too. 7


Fabinho - Along with Thiago and Henderson, Fabinho dominated midfield, for the most part. 7


Jordan Henderson - It was good to have him back, particularly after Van Dijk went off, and you feared the likes of Joe and Trent would lose their nerve at the back. Some key passes, great challenges and rose to the occasion once again. Hope he retains his fitness long-term going forward. 7


Thiago Alcantara - A world class player puts in a world class performance. So what does a sub-par Everton player do? Lunges into his shin and gets a red card. Richarlson had one chance all day and decided to start diving into tackles. Thiago was the only one he connected with and he could now be out for a while as well Luck is currently against us. 8 Man of the Match


Sadio Mane - The best of our front three, full of running and pressing. Pushed up front late on and didn't get as much joy, but still managed to set up what should've been the winner. 7


Mo Salah - Just as fans were starting to get a bit tired of Mo's fruitless display, he pops off a shot that looked to have set us up for the win. Was off his best but could've easily had a couple and Everton were terrified of him. 6


Roberto Firmino - The average-to-poor run for Bobby continues. Admittedly, he was much better today. 6

Subs:


Joe Gomez - Looked nervy and panicked in possession after coming on. Partly to blame for both goals, but you won't hear about that with the current anti-Adrian agenda we have. 5


Diogo Jota - Was a danger after he came on and set up a few good chances. Will get plenty of game time in the next 4 weeks. 6


Gini Wijnaldum - Came on for Fab in the final 10 minutes but wasn't able to really get involved. N/A



 

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