The resident Reds faithful in the Transfer Tavern were distraught by their side’s inability to claim victory over Everton on Sunday afternoon.
Liverpool were the dominant force in the Merseyside derby yesterday afternoon as they took the game to The Toffees from the outset at Anfield. The hero of Liverpool’s season so far, namely Mo Salah, stepped up to deliver an individual moment of quality to fire his side into a first-half lead. Jurgen Klopp’s team should have gone into the interval with a 2 goal advantage, but Sadio Mane wasted a glorious opportunity just before half-time when he fired the ball wide of the target despite having as many as 3 Liverpool players waiting to convert a square pass into a gaping goal.
After relentless Liverpool pressure throughout the second-half, Everton finally ventured into their opponents half with purpose, as Wayne Rooney delivered a perfectly weighted ball into the path of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who was then fouled by Dejan Lovren inside the area.
Rooney converted the resulting penalty to gift Everton an unlikely point in the Merseyside derby and continue their unbeaten record since the club announced the appointment of Sam Allardyce.
Although Calvert-Lewin cleverly used his body to win the penalty for Everton, Dejan Lovren really ought to have kept a cool head and allowed the young-striker to continue running harmlessly away from the goal.
Lovren clearly felt aggrieved by the referee’s decision, but ultimately, the Croatian international gave Craig Pawson a reason to give Everton a spot-kick in a situation where Simon Mignolet’s goal was in very little, if any danger at all.
All Lovren needed to do was use his experience to shepherd Calvert-Lewin away from the goal rather than immediately going in search of the ball and give the young striker a reason to go to ground in the box.
The mistake was by no means the first time this season that the former Southampton employee has made the headlines for all the wrong reasons, and his inability to remain mistake-free certainly suggests that Liverpool need strengthening in central defence this January.