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Rooney rescues a point for Everton

Cape Town – Liverpool were dominant in Sunday's Merseyside derby at Anfield, but had to settle for a 1-1 draw after conceding a late penalty to Everton.

Liverpool will say the deserved the win, and did indeed have the lion’s share of possession and chances, but were unable to add to the opener scored by Mohamed Salah just before the break: A brilliant effort into the top corner after dribbling his way through the defence.

Their inability to find a second goal came back to haunt them later in the second half, when some hot-headed defending from Dejan Lovren conceded a penalty that Wayne Rooney fired home from the spot.

The Reds had the first chance of the match 11 minutes in after Mohamed Salah got his way to the byline and lifted in a cross to James Milner at the back post, but his volley was blocked by right-back Jonjoe Kenny.

New Toffees boss Sam Allardyce was in a rage on the touchline as his side were put under pressure throughout the first half, but they remained tough in the centre and denied Liverpool a path through for much of the second half… Until Salah struck again.

The Egyptian had the ball at his feet on the corner of the Everton box, with Martina and Gueye between him and the goal. Somehow the former Roma man was able to squeeze his way through the defenders and bend a brilliant finish into the top corner.

It could have been two-nil just before the break when the Reds had the Toffees defenders outnumbered with Sadio Mane carrying the ball forward, but rather than look to one of his teammates the Senegal international went for it himself and fired wide uner pressure from Mason Holgate.

Salah came close to a second soon after the restart from a delicious cross delivered by Milner. The Reds continued to dominate and apply pressure, with Pickford beating Mane to a loose ball and Gomez heading a decent chance over the top.

Everton were awarded a penalty in the 75th minute when a long, searching ball forward from Wayne Rooney picked out Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and got a push from Dejan Lovren as he was trying to control it. Rooney stepped up to the spot and fired his penalty just under the crossbar to equalise.

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