With three stops in one minute, Jordan Pickford aggravated the game crisis suffered by Liverpool and which was transferred to the Merseyside derby this Saturday, from which the ‘Reds’ were only able to get one point, insufficient to hunt down the leading teams in the Premier League (0-0).
Liverpool, who have punctured with this four times this campaign, remain six points off the lead, which could be nine if Arsenal win this weekend.
And the worst is the feeling of a broken team with the departure of Sadio Mané, with the trident’s lack of aim up front and a midfield that misses Thiago Alcántara.
Fabio Carvalho and Harvey Elliot, starters in the 4-3-3 along with Fabinho, still have to lead the midfield, although Liverpool’s biggest problem at Goodison Park was upstairs, with Darwin Núñez and Luis Díaz denied facing goal and a missing Mohamed Salah since the Champions League final against Real Madrid.
The normal thing is that, with the chances he had, Liverpool would have killed the derby before the break. A deflected header by Núñez was followed by two attempts by Díaz, with more desire than success. Everton also had it, with a shot to the post by Davies with the outside.
But it was Liverpool that had the most misfortune and in just thirty seconds they shot twice at the wood. First with a volley from Núñez that Pickford hit the crossbar and later with a rebound that Díaz crashed into the top corner.
Jürgen Klopp’s level of disbelief increased with the entry of Roberto Firmino, the man who could have held the key to the goal. The Brazilian opened a carousel of three chances in one minute that raised Pickford’s standards.
The English goalkeeper, in the blink of an eye, took a hand down from Firmino, a header from close range to the Brazilian and a volley to Fabinho inside the area.
Pickford’s miracles brought Everton back to life with the game in hand. Neil Maupay missed a heads-up only from the penalty spot before the move that could have sentenced Liverpool.
A goal annulled to Coady for millimetric offside by impaling a shipment at the far post. The referee did not see it, the linesman did not see it, and it had to be the VAR that deflated the joy of the ‘Toffees’, who were left without a goal and without their first victory against Liverpool at Goodison Park since 2010.
To finish off the crazy afternoon at Everton’s stadium, Salah, at the last minute, was met by a save from Pickford, who sent the ball to the post and ended with the 0-0.
Liverpool have three draws and one defeat in six games at the start of the season, while Frank Lampard’s Everton have four points and are fourteenth in the table.