Wayne Rooney penalty earns Everton unlikely derby point at Liverpool

Not scoring in a Merseyside derby had always been one of Wayne Rooney’s great regrets in football. No longer. Everton’s captain for the 229th meeting between the Merseyside rivals ticked that box at Anfield and ensured regret belonged firmly to Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool.

The hosts dominated at Anfield but simply and carelessly gave away two points to a Sam Allardyce side that came with only containment and a draw in mind. Liverpool wasted gilt-edged opportunities, gifted Rooney the chance to equalise Mohamed Salah’s 19th goal of the season from the penalty spot and their manager made life easier for Everton by resting Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino on the bench until the second half. Rotation resembles flawless management when it works, needless caution when it does not. Needless caution offered Everton a lifeline and Rooney seized it.

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