Liverpool dropped more points early in the Premier League season after a thrilling Merseyside derby stalemate against Everton.
The Reds have now won just two of their opening six matches of the new campaign as they hit the woodwork three times and found Jordan Pickford in absolutely inspired form at Goodison Park, with the England goalkeeper coming out on top in a second-half duel with substitute Roberto Firmino and also getting fingertips to a last-gasp Mo Salah effort that struck the post deep in second-half stoppage time.
Battling Everton more than played their part in a fascinating 242nd edition of one of English football’s most famous old fixtures, striking the post themselves through Tom Davies and Conor Coady also having a second-half goal ruled out for offside following a VAR check.
The Toffees remain winless in the top-flight this term after a fourth successive draw, but Frank Lampard will undoubtedly be the more pleased of the two managers as Jurgen Klopp is left to rue potentially falling seven points behind reigning champion Manchester City, who are in action at Aston Villa later, by the end of the day.
Nine points after six matches is the lowest tally of Klopp’s seven-year tenure at Anfield, with momentum stunted again after Community Shield winners Liverpool had bounced back from a winless three-match run to start the season and defeat by rivals Manchester United by putting nine goals past newly-promoted Bournemouth and secured a last-gasp win over Newcastle in midweek.
Liverpool, who had deadline-day signing Arthur Melo as an unused substitute as he received his international clearance before kick-off following a loan move from Juventus, now turn attentions to the Champions League as they travel to Napoli on Wednesday.
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