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Dominic Calvert-Lewin was once again the hero for Everton today as he continued his impressive scoring form by equalising against Liverpool, while Jordan Pickford was twice spared after significant errors.

Calvert-Lewin scored the final goal in an eventful Merseyside derby that ended 2-2 to extend his impressive scoring form.

The game was overshadowed by two VAR decisions, both to the huge benefit of Pickford.

Liverpool had already taken an early lead, through Sadio Mane after good work by Andy Robertson, when Pickford escaped a red card for a terrible challenge on Virgil Van Dijk which led to the defender going off injured.

A check for offside apparently distracted the VAR official from reviewing the challenge itself.

Michael Keane scored a first-half equaliser for Everton with a header that stand-in keeper Adrian should have done better with.

However, Liverpool’s lead was restored mid-way through the second-half with a powerful first-time finish from Mo Salah.

Calvert-Lewin rescued a point for Everton a short time later with a header reminiscent of Cristiano Ronaldo, which had former Toffees striker Gary Lineker hailing the England striker’s ability to perform in big games.

The goal meant that Calvert-Lewin became the first Everton player to score in the first five league games of a season since 1938.

Referee Michael Oliver showed a straight-red to Richarlison for an awful tackle on summer-signing Thiago late on, handing the initiative to Liverpool.

And the initiative appeared to have payed off as Jordan Henderson thought he had scored in injury-time, only for the goal to be ruled out by the VAR for an extremely tight offside against Mane in the build-up.

Pickford was again the beneficiary as he got a strong hand to Henderson’s shot, only for the ball to spin back over him and into the net.

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