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Bottle thrown at Klopp as Merseyside derby ends in stalemate

03 Sep 2022 | 22:39 | Football

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah is challenged by Everton's Amadou Onana, Alex Iwobi and Vitaliy Mykolenko.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images)

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is challenged by Everton’s Amadou Onana, Alex Iwobi and Vitaliy Mykolenko. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images)

Everton defender Conor Coady’s disallowed goal sparked ugly scenes as Saturday’s goalless Merseyside derby came to a boil as a bottle hurled from the stands nearly offended the Liverpool manager , Jürgen Klopp.

Coady thought he gave Everton the lead with a Neal Maupay shot from close range in the second half at Goodison Park.

But the former Liverpool defender’s goal was correctly disallowed offside after a VAR check, sparking an angry reaction from the stands.

A beer seemed to be thrown from behind the coaches’ technical area, nearly knocking Klopp out.

As if that wasn’t shocking enough, an Everton fan raced onto the pitch from the Gwladys Street End to confront referee Anthony Taylor before being led away by the managers.

Those nasty incidents overshadowed a tense clash between these nasty opponents that could have easily ended with plenty of goals but for a man who excelled in the game from goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. of Everton and some good saves from his Liverpool counterpart Alisson Becker.

Everton’s 2021 win at Anfield remains their only win in their last 28 Merseyside derbies in all competitions.

Frank Lampard’s side are now without a win in their first six games this term, while Liverpool’s momentum has been tested after winning the previous two.

Maupay eventually made his red tape delay his Everton debut after signing from Brighton, but the French forward squandered an early opportunity when he shot wide from Demarai Gray’s cross.

Tom Davies started that attack with a rough tackle on Fabinho, which set off a maelstrom derby and caused the Liverpool midfielder to malfunction for a few seconds before he could play.

As the intensity increased, Luis Diaz sent the Everton fans to tears when the Liverpool winger went unpunished after catching Nathan Patterson with his outstretched arm.

Liverpool forward Darwin Nunez looked tired as he returned from a three-match suspension, unable to head on target after a Trent Alexander-Arnold cross.

Keeping Anthony Gordon despite constant Chelsea interest is Everton’s most important achievement to date this season and the young forward showed his talent with a tense shot that sent Alisson in. net.

Crazy pace

Liverpool’s defense has been unusually bad this season and, as Maupay caused panic in the box, Davies took control and unleashed a stunner that sent the ball wide of the post.

After a nasty start from Nunez, Liverpool’s big-money signing from Benfica lit up with a nimble effort that sent Pickford over the crossbar.

When Everton were struggling to regroup, Diaz rushed into the rebound and made a cut that sent the ball wide of the post.

Liverpool find it very difficult to impose themselves in the context of a fiery derby played at the usual frenetic pace.

But Klopp brought on Roberto Firmino in the first half and there was an immediate improvement in Liverpool’s approach to play.

Kostas Tsimikas has a long shot from a good position within 5m50, but Liverpool’s header misses the post.

Nunez’s sinking volley tested Pickford from the edge of the box before Firmino’s low pass to Firmino was pushed off by the Everton keeper for a corner.

Pickford was all that stood between Liverpool and the lead as he parried Firmino’s header, then made another superb save to stop Fabinho’s shot.

Liverpool almost paid for those misses when the Gray Lobster took the lead six yards from goal, but the striker’s poor touch allowed Alisson to get into position to save.

Coady’s disallowed goal was the biggest bright spot of the game, leaving Everton fans howling in frustration.

There was still more drama as Alisson made a stunning save as he overcame Dwight McNeil’s deflected shot.

Pickford was equally defiant, neutralizing Firmino’s quick shot in the final minutes and then shoving Mohamed Salah’s shot into the post in injury time.