Goalkeepers shine as Everton hold Liverpool to draw in derby

Goalkeepers shine as Everton hold Liverpool to draw in derby

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) – Liverpool were denied another injury-time winner when Mohamed Salah’s shot hit the post in the 95th minute as an entertaining Merseyside derby against Everton ended 0-0 on Saturday. The tie ended.

Everton had already had a goal disallowed by VAR and a good save from Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson, while his counterpart Jordan Pickford also made a couple of good stops to keep the visitors at bay.

Liverpool scored an injury time winner deep into midweek against Newcastle and almost did so when Salah found space for a shot on the right edge of the area but his low effort was deflected off Pickford. Fingers are pressed against the nearest skin after brushing.

It was the third time Liverpool hit the woodwork, with Everton also hitting the post in the first half of a game that could easily have seen a few goals scored.

Everton thought it had gone ahead in the 69th when ex-Liverpool player Conor Cody was on hand to convert a low cross shot from Neil Maupai at the far post, sparking huge celebrations among the home fans at Goodison Park. . But a VAR review showed Cody was offside, and the goal was disallowed.

With the hosts going strong towards the end, Dwight McNeill almost scored the winner in the 85th when his shot deflected off the back of a defender and looped towards the far post, but Alisson was perfectly on top of the bar. Put pressure on the daughter.

Liverpool countered moments later, with half-time substitute Roberto Firmino forced into a narrow save from Pickford – the third time he had been picked out by the England goalkeeper.

For Liverpool, the draw is another setback in an early season that has seen Jurgen Klopp’s side drop points in four of their first six games. For his rival Frank Lampard, the result – and the performance – could boost his chances of staying in the job after a winless start to the campaign. It was Everton’s fourth consecutive draw.

The Merseyside derby is always one of the most intense fixtures of the Premier League season and the start to the game was more fun than free-flowing. But the teams combined to work the woodwork three times in the first half.

Everton came close to scoring in the 33rd when Anthony Gordon beat a defender to put the ball into the box, where Maupai’s shot was blocked by Virgil van Dijk and the ball bounced past Tom Davies in front of the far post. He scored. Defeat the target.

Liverpool came even closer in the 44th, hitting the woodwork twice in quick succession.

Striker Darwin Nunez, back from suspension, chested a ball on the right edge of the area and hit a hard volley that Pickford tipped against the crossbar. Luis Diaz then collected the ball and cut in from the left and planted a shot against the far post.

During an end-to-end play throughout the second half, Pickford then had to make three saves in quick succession to keep the game scoreless.

He first deflected a low shot from Firmino and then headed the Brazilian forward away from the resulting corner. Moments later, he had to get down again to block a shot from Fabinho.

This also resulted in a corner, but it was now Everton’s turn to launch a swift counter-attack, Demarai Gray advancing to Maupai in the area, but the striker’s shot was blocked by Alisson.

It was a goalkeeper’s day at Goodison Park.

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