Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed he heard Everton’s bench foreseeing Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s goal during Saturday’s 2-2 draw. The Reds were denied victory by the England international during an enthralling day of Merseyside Derby action. Yet he was far from happy after the match.
Liverpool took an early lead through Sadio Mane at Goodison Park, with the Senegal international finding the net from close range after good work from Andy Robertson.
Everton then equalised through Michael Keane, before Mohamed Salah struck to put the Reds 2-1 up.
In the closing stages, however, the home side got their goal.
Calvert-Lewin unleashed a sensational header past Adrian to secure a point for Everton, maintaining their unbeaten start to the new season in the process.
And, speaking after the match, Klopp revealed he overheard the Everton bench foreseeing the England international’s moment of magic.
“The second goal, we avoided pretty much all situations like this over the 90 minutes but one time we let Digne cross,” he told Liverpool’s official website.
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“I heard already when the ball was in the air from the Everton bench, ‘That’s it’ because they know he is really strong in these situations and he scores that goal. Good goal.”
Right at the death, Liverpool looked to have scored a winner.
Jordan Henderson beat Jordan Pickford with a powerful strike but it was chalked off for offside, with Sadio Mane accused of wondering ahead of the field of play.
Replays show the offside was tight and Klopp said of VAR failing to give his side the goal: “It’s getting harder and harder to take it, to be honest, because I went in the dressing room after the game, I liked the game, really good game from my boys.
“It was the best away derby we played since I am at Liverpool – top football, conceded goals because of the specific strength of Everton.
“The set-piece was unlucky when they scored, so Virg is not on the pitch and we have to sort that.
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“We sorted it in the game, the only problem was that was, I think, the first corner after he left the pitch, so there was this little moment of disorganisation.”
Richarlison was dismissed for Everton in the closing stages, receiving a straight red for a wild lunge on Thiago Alcantara.
And Klopp said: “Then I leave the pitch and Thiago tells me that in the red-card situation with Richarlison he thinks he got injured. We will see if it’s true or not.
“If a player felt like this, we need to have a look. Then I come in the dressing room and people stand there with a laptop and other people stand around the laptop and I asked what’s on.
“They say, ‘We watched the situation back and we don’t understand why they whistled offside.’ Look, I’m a real supporter of VAR but you would expect that, especially with offside, you then do the right decision.
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“We scored a goal one time at Aston Villa and they said the armpit was offside – sounds funny, we got it.
“This time, the picture I saw now once on the laptop, there is no armpit, there is nothing, we are just not offside.
“Since then I had 10 interviews around about and everybody tells me it was not offside and that doesn’t lift my mood obviously.
“You all watched it obviously more often. That’s tricky.
“We lost a player in a situation where VAR was not involved with Virgil and then maybe another one in the red-card situation and scored a legitimate goal – whatever the word is – which didn’t count. So, obviously not our day but the performance was the performance I wanted to see.”
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