Liverpool legend and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has today taken to Twitter to reveal that he has changed his mind regarding the awarding of a penalty to Everton during the Merseyside derby yesterday, following a conversation with Toffees striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Matchup

The two fierce rivals went head to head in a Premier League showdown at Anfield yesterday afternoon, with the home side looking to continue a stellar recent run of form which had seen them pick up wins in 3 of their last 4 outings (scoring 16 goals in the process), along with an impressive draw with Chelsea.

Everton, meanwhile, had seen an immediate improvement in their performances following the appointment of Sam Allardyce at the helm two weeks ago, with the Toffees having notched 9 goals and conceded none in their last 3 outings versus West Ham, Huddersfield and Apollon Limassol.

In front

Despite Jurgen Klopp’s surprise decision to leave both Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino out of his side’s starting lineup, it was the home side who came out of the blocks firmly on the front foot yesterday, immediately pushing their bitter rivals back from the first whistle.

The likes of James Milner, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah were heavily involved from the off, but struggled to carve out any clear-cut goalscoring opportunities until a moment of brilliance 5 minutes before the interval handed Liverpool the lead that they fully deserved.

And it was man of the moment Salah who was at the heart of things once again, turning brilliantly inside Everton’s box before bending a sumptuous strike past the despairing Jordan Pickford in the Toffees’ goal.

Levelling things up

The hosts carried their dominance into the second-half, continuing to hold the vast majority of possession, though they once again struggled to eek out many real sightings of goal.

And their lack of cutting edge (coupled with Sadio Mane’s greed on the stroke of half-time) on the day came back to bite them in the most Liverpool-esque fashion imaginable, as Dejan Lovren’s clumsy and frankly needless challenge on Dominic Calvert-Lewin after 76 minutes handed Sam Allardyce’s men an opportunity to regain parity from the penalty spot.

Wayne Rooney stepped up and duly obliged, smashing the ensuing spot-kick straight down the middle to see the spoils shared.

Flashpoint

Much of the post-match discussion following the full-time whistle revolved around the decision of referee Craig Pawson to award the crucial spot-kick to Everton, though it was generally agreed amongst fans and pundits alike that the correct call was made.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was one of those to vehemently express his opinion that Dejan Lovren had been rightly penalised for his role in the incident, much to the anger of some Reds’ fans.

However, in a surprise turn today, the Sky Sports pundit has since revealed on Twitter that he has in fact changed his mind (though it is hard to tell if he is joking or not), following a conversation with Toffees hitman Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Clarification

Carragher has since clarified the situation, revealing that Calvert-Lewin didn’t actually say that he dived:

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Conor Laird