Reds fail to end Everton's unbeaten start

English Premier League

Everton maintained their unbeaten start to the Premier League season after playing to a 2-2 draw with city rivals Liverpool on Saturday afternoon.

Four changes were made by the Reds as Adrian remained in goal whilst Joel Matip returned and Thiago Alcantara was given his first start while Sadio Mane overcame the Coronavirus.

The table-topping Toffees trailed in less than three minutes after Mane charged at Andrew Robertson’s cross to rifle into the roof of the net.

A defensive issue for the Reds ten minutes in had Virgil Van Dijk sacrificed for Joe Gomez after coming off second best against Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Everton were level before 20 minutes after Michael Keane attacked James Rodriguez’s corner-kick to head over the gloves of Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian.

Everton were also forced into a first half substitution of their own as Seamus Coleman pulled a hamstring on the half-hour mark before having his spot taken by Ben Godfrey.

Jordan Henderson went close to regain the visitors advantage with a first-time volley, as Dominic Calvert-Lewin brought Adrian to a smart save in an even start to the second half.

Everton launched another big scare inside 60 minutes after Richarlison headed against the post from Rodriguez’s left-footed cross to the far corner.

The Reds clawed back ten minutes later when Mohamed Salah volleyed in a loose ball from Yerry Mina for his 100th goal for the club.

However, Everton drew level again when Calvert-Lewin leaped ahead of the defence ten minutes from time to head into the bottom-corner for his fifth league goal in a row.

The Toffees finished the match with ten players after Richarlison saw red for a coming-together with Thiago.

There was more drama as Liverpool were denied the winner in stoppage time after Henderson fired in Mane’s cross, only for the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) to rule an offside on the latter as it finished 2-2