Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson reacts at the final whistle of the Premier League match against Everton Photo: POOL/AFP

Liverpool denied derby win by VAR as Chelsea held in six-goal thriller


Liverpool were denied a cathartic victory against Premier League leaders Everton on Saturday when Jordan Henderson's late strike was controversially ruled out for offside as Chelsea shared the spoils with Southampton in a six-goal thriller.

Jurgen Klopp's champions were desperate to atone for their 7-2 humbling against Aston Villa before the international break but had to settle for a 2-2 draw in an incident-packed game at Goodison Park.

Everton stayed unbeaten this season to remain three points clear at the top of the table after a number of controversial calls went their way.

Klopp was mystified as to why Henderson's goal was ruled out by VAR.

"There were a number of big moments in the game," he said. "The only situation I saw back is the Henderson goal and I didn't see offside. The picture I saw is no offside, but it was offside because somebody decided it."

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti was delighted with his side's performance, even though they were denied a fifth straight Premier League win.

"We competed with them," he said. "We were 1-0 down and equalised, 2-1 down and equalised. It was a good test and I have a good feeling.

"To know we can compete with the champions of the last season it gives us more confidence for the future."

Sadio Mane missed the Villa Park mauling after testing positive for coronavirus and the Senegalese showed he was badly missed, with a smart finish from Andy Robertson's cut-back to open the scoring in the third minute.

The pivotal moment came when Virgil van Dijk was on the receiving end of a dangerous late lunge from Jordan Pickford inside the box minutes early in the game.

However, no penalty was awarded after a VAR review because Van Dijk had been marginally offside and Pickford was lucky to avoid a red card.

The Dutchman's towering presence was missed at the other end as Michael Keane equalised in the 19th minute.

Mohamed Salah put Liverpool back in front with a spectacular strike with 18 minutes to go but Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed Everton level again.

The home side were reduced to 10 men after Richarlison was shown a straight red card for a dangerous tackle on Thiago Alcantara and looked to have conceded in the dying seconds.

However, the drama did not end there as VAR deemed Mane to be offside as he provided the cross for Henderson, despite television replays proving inconclusive.

Chelsea looked to be in total control after cruising into a 2-0 lead against Southampton at Stamford Bridge, courtesy of two goals from summer signing Timo Werner.

But a goal from Danny Ings shortly before half-time and a second-half strike from Che Adams wiped out their lead.

Frank Lampard's rallied immediately to regain the lead, Werner teeing up Kai Havertz for a neat finish to make it 3-2.

But Southampton were not to be denied and Jannik Vestergaard bludgeoned home an added-time equaliser for Saints from a free-kick that Chelsea failed to clear.

Raheem Sterling grabbed the winner as Manchester City beat Arsenal 1-0 in their Premier League clash at The Etihad.

Sergio Aguero returned for City for the first time since June but Aymeric Laporte was missing from the squad, along with the injured Kevin De Bruyne.

Arsenal were able to include left-back Kieran Tierney after his period of self-isolation due to COVID-19 protocols and new signing Thomas Partey was among the substitutes.

Bruno Fernandes made amends for missing a penalty by scoring a brilliant go-ahead goal for Manchester United in its come-from-behind 4-1 win at Newcastle.

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Surely that’s Pickford’s last chance. He should have got a red and the VAR saved him after he should have stopped Henderson’s weak effort.

Everton getting the benefit of ref decisions in a derby? This is is crazy season.

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Everton getting the benefit of ref decisions in a derby?

Yeah, the reds got some tough calls against them today. That's the way it goes sometimes I guess. Virgil's injury looks to be a bad one too, he could be out for the season. Not a good day for us.

Surely that’s Pickford’s last chance.

Apart from those two incidents, he did make some very good saves though.

Apart from the VAR mess, it was a cracking game.

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Good game. Pickford should have gone.What a great job Ancelotti has done.He has completely turned Everton around.

On a side note I have noticed that Zichi hasn’t been on this site recently. I understand he is a huge Liverpool fan as well.I hope he is OK.

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Well, here I am!

Pickford committed what can only be called a criminal foul and escaped any justice. Van Dijk may be out for the rest of the season. Pickford said "oh! I'm sorry!". The VAR call on Hendo's goal was the wrong call and Mane wasn't offside. Thiago also kicked up a knee injury after he was tackled.

I enjoyed the game.

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Good to hear from you. Missed you on the footy posts.

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Good to see you back. Jurgen give you a call, did he?

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Virgil's injury looks to be a bad one too, he could be out for the season. Not a good day for us.

I fancied us to get back in it after Van Dijk went off. Matip goes missing and Gomez is all over the place.

Thiago man of the match. Great business there.

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took a rest from internet and did my painting. Cheers mate!

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Welcome back.

I thought LFC might bring you back on here,

Glad you are fine.

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I really admire Sadie Mane. Great fighter!

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Good to see you back @zichi, was a bit worried about you

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All club managers have always complained when there's a referee decision not agreed with. The passion of the game. VAR is not fail proof and has been incorrect on a number of occasions. The new handball rule is also wrong. The offside rule should be only if a foot of a player is across the line. These are the rules which kill football.

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I thought Richarlison had broken Thiago's leg. Shocking challenge.

I thought Gerrard had returned to the derby in a blue shirt for a second.

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I've gone off VAR.The interpretation has gotten so petty for what's deemed offside.MOTD was talking 'bout Mane's shoulder being in front.That missing of Pickford's takedown of VD was outrageous.Why bother with assistant refs if they can't spot that kind of tackle?

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I thought Richarlison had broken Thiago's leg. Shocking challenge. But Liverpool as usual the perennial victims. You're current champions and World Club champions so try looking on the bright side of life. Liverpool fans the new Man Ltd fans maybe...?

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Van Dijk will be out of action for much of the season. Serious loss and can’t buy another player until January.

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Van Dijk will be out of action for much of the season. Serious loss and can’t buy another player until January.

If that's true,you can say goodbye to a repeat title!

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Maybe Klopp can convince the league to create it's own Liverpool-biased VAR? LAR..? Alright LAR.. The rest of the league has to put up with the ludicrous offside geometrics so why not Liverpool as well. And Liverpool play to those hairline diagonal lines and have been the biggest goal-hangers under the offside rules.

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