With Everton heading into the clash top of the Premier League table, the pressure was on Jurgen Klopp’s champions – but Sadio Mane got the ball rolling for the visitors after three minutes.
Mane missed Liverpool’s 7-2 defeat at Aston Villa before the international break, but wasted no time in making up for a lost opportunity.
Left-back Andy Robertson won a 50-50 with Seamus Coleman on the right edge of Everton’s area and his driven cross was fired home first-time by Mane at the near post with less than four minutes on the board.
Pickford was saved by a marginal VAR decision which ruled Van Dijk’s shoulder was offside: given that the challenge would have been classed as serious foul play rather than violent conduct, referee Michael Oliver would not have been able to award a retrospective red card for the challenge.
Everton benefited further as Liverpool’s defensive linchpin Van Dijk was unable to continue and was replaced by Joe Gomez after 10 minutes – and Michael Keane took advantage as he headed home a corner to level things up 10 minutes later.