Liverpool v Everton always has the potential to throw up incidents. The fixture we saw this weekend was one of the most eventful and controversial Merseyside Derbies of recent years. The Reds were robbed by two critical decisions but still managed to take home a point. Here are three reasons to be happy about the Liverpool performance against Everton:

Here are three reasons to be happy about the Liverpool performance against Everton

Here are three reasons to be happy about the Liverpool performance against Everton (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Thiago masterclass

Thiago Alcantara turned in a performance nothing short of a masterclass.

The Spaniard, signed from Bayern Munich over the summer, showed just what he’ll bring to this Liverpool midfield.

His man of the match performance boasted a 92% passing accuracy, seven ball recoveries, 70 passes completed and four dribbles completed.

He kept pulling no look passes out of thin air, keeping absolutely everybody guessing as to where the ball would go.

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That was just his debut, who knows what he’ll do a few months down the line.

Sadio Mane relentless

It was yet another world class performance from Sadio Mane.

The wide forward had the Everton defence on strings with his pace, dribbling ability and quick use of the ball.

The Senegalese winger netted one and set up the winner before it was cruelly chalked off for offside – we don’t know how or why either.

If he maintains this level of performance then he’s a strong contender for PFA Player of the Year.

Refereeing calamities

Let’s look on the bright side of the awful decisions. Everton needed two calamitous decisions and the substitution of our best defender just to scrape a draw with us.

We absolutely dominated the game, we battered them. We would’ve been deserved winners had the referees not intervened to bizarre effect.

Jordan Pickford should’ve been sent off early doors and our winner shouldn’t have been chalked off. It was a ridiculous pair of decisions but that’s what the Ev just to get a draw.

We can rest assured that we can’t get that unlucky every week.

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