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Everton vs Liverpool result: Five things we learned in controversial Merseyside derby

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A bad Jordan Pickford challenge on Virgil van Dijk then resulted in the defender going off injured, but no penalty being awarded due to an offside call.

The Reds started fast and cut open their hosts from kick-off, with Sadio Mane thumping home an Andy Robertson cross just three minutes in.

The fixture and way in which it was contested and how each side found a new way to step up and change the way they attacked shows they’ll be around the top sides for a while longer - though it might depend on having their key players available.

Given the replays available and the wild nature of the lunge, it seems impossible to comprehend how the eventual consensus there was that no, Pickford’s challenge didn’t warrant a red - while Liverpool lost their best defender to injury because of it.

The big contentious moment of the first half was that Pickford moment, an awful attempt to tackle or block Virgil van Dijk as the ball fell the way of the Dutchman in the box.

The keeper got nowhere near the ball and flattened the Liverpool man with a contact point just below the knee - yet the outcome was an Everton free-kick, for offisde, with no repercussions for Pickford.

Here, though, the Liverpool midfield had control and the better individuals right from kick-off, dominating play when the home side tried to play through or play out.
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