Everton left Anfield with a point from Sunday’s Merseyside derby after a 1–1 draw.
Although Liverpool really dominated proceedings from the outset and took a 1-0 lead into the second half courtesy of a Mo Salah wonder-strike, the visitors from just across town took advantage of a lack of clinical finishing and a Dejan Lovren foul inside the home side’s box in the 76th minute.
Wayne Rooney stood up to smash home the equaliser from the spot, in doing so notching his first ever Merseyside derby goal.
It what was Sam Allardyce’s first local derby in charge of the Evertonians and on the balance of play on a snowy afternoon in Liverpool, he can be much the happier between himself and Reds’ boss Jurgen Klopp with the result.
Everton appear to have settled and steadied ship already since Big Sam’s appointment at Goodison Park after an appalling beginning to the season which saw Ronald Koeman sacked and caretaker boss David Unsworth struggle badly to ease any of the concern amongst the blue side of the city.
In Sunday’s tie there was a question mark over the legitimacy of the penalty decision which awarded Rooney the opportunity to snatch a draw for the visitors. Lovren was adjudged to have pushed Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the back which saw referee Craig Pawson signal for the spot-kick.
In Allardyce’s post-match interview on Sky Sports, he was asked for his opinion on the awarding of the penalty. While the Sky reporter stated his own belief that the foul was “soft”, the ex-England manager brilliantly explains to the interviewer why there really is no such thing as a “soft” foul in football. It’s either a foul, or it’s not.
Check it out for yourself in the clip below: