Rooney scores from the spot as Merseyside derby ends 1-1

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Everton captain Wayne Rooney equalised from the penalty spot in a Merseyside derby that ended 1-1 at Anfield on Sunday and left Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp fuming.

With the snow swirling, Rooney stepped up in the 77th-minute and sent the ball straight down the middle. It was his first goal in a match between two of English football’s greatest rivals.

Mohamed Salah earlier fired Liverpool ahead with a 42nd-minute stunner that sent the Egyptian clear of Tottenham Hotspur’s England striker Harry Kane as the league’s top marksman with 13 goals this season.

Liverpool stayed fourth with 30 points, 13 adrift of leaders Manchester City who were playing later at second-placed Manchester United.

Chelsea are third on 32 with Sam Allardyce’s Everton moving up to 10th.

While Salah’s goal was a breathtaking effort, the penalty left Klopp far from speechless with the German taking issue with the referee’s decision after Dejan Lovren was adjudged to have pushed Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the back.

Lovren was still protesting with officials after the final whistle while Klopp argued with a Sky Sports television interviewer.

Asked what he had said to the referee, Klopp replied: “That I don’t understand what he’s doing. That’s what I said. I didn’t use one swearing word.”

The German, who defended his decision to take off Salah with 22 minutes remaining, refused to accept it had been a penalty and said his side had been the only ones trying to win.

“The other team was not even in our box, I don’t know if they had a shot on target apart from the penalty. To give them an open door like this, in my understanding, that’s not OK,” he added.

Klopp said Lovren had not even made a challenge.

 

Source: Reuters