Incredibly tight VAR call denies Liverpool late, late derby winner 11 months ago

Incredibly tight VAR call denies Liverpool late, late derby winner

Caught your breath yet? Nah, us neither

Liverpool were denied a late, late winner in an action-packed Merseyside derby on Saturday after Sadio Mane was deemed to be offside in the build-up to what had looked like a crucial goal from Jordan Henderson.

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Jurgen Klopp's side had led twice after goals from Mane and Mo Salah, only for Everton to find equalisers from Michael Keane and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

While Everton were fortunate not to see Jordan Pickford sent off for a challenge which saw Virgil van Dijk leave the field through injury, a late red card for Richarlison saw the home side on the back foot for the final minutes of the game.

Liverpool appeared to have taken maximum advantage of their one-man advantage when Mane cut a cross back to Henderson, whose shot squirmed under Pickford's hand and looped into the goal.

While the visitors celebrated, a VAR check deemed Mane had been offside by the finest of margins - ruling the goal out.

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Everton were able to hold on for the remaining seconds, ensuring they will remain at the Premier League summit beyond the end of the weekend.