Sam Allardyce’s first Merseyside derby as Everton boss was a short trip across town to a snowy Anfield on Sunday.
The game finished e all square, where as Liverpool will feel it is two points lost, the steadiness continues to seep back into the Everton ship under Big Sam.
Mo Salah gave the home side a 1-0 advantage going in at half-time. He is the Premier League top scorer this season and is receiving plaudits from wide and afar for his incredible form since joining Liverpool in the summer.
Check out his latest beauty which sent Anfield into frenzy:
Mohamed Salah has scored in each of Liverpool’s last 5 home games.
What a player ?? pic.twitter.com/VAezI0PUwF
— LFC Stats (@LFCData) December 10, 2017
19 – Mohamed Salah has scored 19 goals in 24 apps for Liverpool this season (all comps), as many as he netted for Roma last term in 41 games. Force. pic.twitter.com/JdZA6G7aTy
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 10, 2017
Salah is genuinely playing like Messi at the moment. Best player in the league hands down on current form.
— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) December 10, 2017
It was a cagey affair up until that breakthrough and as the second half recommenced it was much the same.
In the 76th minute, error prone ‘Pool centre-half Dejan Lovren struck again as he gifted the visitors a penalty and an opportunity to equalise, for which he was unsurprisingly heavily criticised. Although there were some who voiced their belief that the penalty was softly awarded, most Liverpool supporters have had enough of Lovren’s clumsiness in the heart of their defence.
What the is going through Dejan Lovren's head there? Calvert-Lewin was actually going away from Liverpool's the goal. https://t.co/BZHfhV7w8Q
— Mootaz Chehade (@MHChehade) December 10, 2017
Very simple, do we want to challenge for the title at some stage? Answer – yes. Is Dejan Lovren a defender you could win the league with? Answer – NO.
— DaveOCKOP (@DaveOCKOP) December 10, 2017
Lovren is the worst player to play this often for Liverpool. Klopp, or no one for that matter, can coach players to have a brain.
— John O'Sullivan (@NotoriousJOS) December 10, 2017
Lovren can blame the referee all he wants but for a defender to make needless contact when the striker is running away from goal is just stupid. Asking for trouble.
— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) December 10, 2017
Wayne Rooney converted the spot kick to clinch his first goal in a Merseyside derby and a point for his side as the game finished 1-1.
Rooney steps up…
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) December 10, 2017
Lukaku – 8 goals, £75m
Rooney – 8 goals, free
— • (@Vardesque) December 10, 2017
Jurgen Klopp did not avoid a backlash from fans who questioned his team selection and the decision to substitute the high-flying Salah before the game had been closed out.
If klopp really wanted to rest coutinho firminho or salah he could of done it against spartak when we was 4.0 up in the 47th minute he was just being plain stupid today so pissed off ruined my day
— zolleLFC (@JolluLFC) December 10, 2017
Klopp is to blame for that. Imagine thinking the games done and taking Salah off. Fuck off.
— Andy (@Andy_LFC93) December 10, 2017
Klopp is 10000% to blame for this draw. Such a silly silly set of decisions. Lmao.
— . (@Cerebrone) December 10, 2017
Klopp got it wrong today. I said this before kick off and all I got was abuse. You don’t rest players in the Merseyside Derby. We’ve got West Brom next. That’s 2 points dropped at home against a very average Everton. Klopp also needs to stop trusting average players.
— – (@AnfieldRd96) December 10, 2017
Klopp started with Coutinho & Firmino on the bench and took Salah off before the Derby was won. Questions to answer for the Reds boss
— Ian Abrahams (Moose) (@BroadcastMoose) December 10, 2017
Plenty to ponder for the German as his side share the spoils with Big Sam’s charges, although the latter probably feels a whole lot better about today’s point, given the manner in which the game panned out.