A Wayne Rooney spot-kick settled the terms for Everton against a much-changed Liverpool side in the Merseyside derby last night. The draw sees the Toffees maintain their position in the top half of the table and continues Sam Allardyce’s unbeaten start as manager.
Liverpool were the ones to draw first blood in the fiery clash as Mohamed Salah struck a beauty past Pickford after coolly skipping past two defenders 3 minutes before the half-time whistle.
However, a clumsy challenge from Dejan Lovren brought down Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the box on the 77th minute and Wayne Rooney converted amid ringing boos from the Anfield crowd.
Everton offered no attacking threat for large periods of the game as the manager’s defensive tactics offered cover against a possession-dominating Liverpool side.
Sam Allardyce, who is known for his defensive-minded style of play and furious touchline antics, was back at it again during his second game in charge at the club.
At one point during the game, Big Sam was spotted giving an absolute bollocking to his defenders for getting too close to the halfway line.
A rather clear warning to his players to stick to his managerial vision. And the approach worked brilliantly for the visitors as they earned an important point against a free-scoring Liverpool side.
Definitely one of the highlights of the game for Everton fans, check out Big Sam barking orders below –