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Klopp hits out at Referee after Derby Day draw, Big Sam tells him to stop 'moaning'

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Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp chose to focus less on his own team selection and more on Referee Craig Pawson after Everton battled back from a goal down to steal a point from the first Merseyside derby of the season.

Liverpool dominated the contest, but had to wait till the 42nd minute to take the lead as Mohamed Salah continued his fantastic form, smashing home what was incredibly his 19th goal of the season already, a curling finish from his stronger left foot that gave Jordan Pickford absolutely no chance in the Everton goal.

Liverpool left out their star Brazilian duo of Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho from the starting eleven, another bizarre decision from Klopp, who also picked a far from full strength team for the clash against Chelsea earlier in the season.

For large periods though it looked like Liverpool wouldn't need their star duo as Everton offered little in the game and appeared to have come to Anfield with the ambition of parking the bus.

After knocking on the door for large periods, Liverpool finally took the lead through Mo Salah's strike, but despite having umpteen chances, failed to extend their lead.

A one goal cushion is never enough in the Premier League, and Pawson's decision to award Everton a penalty for a push by Dejan Lovren on Dominic Calvert-Lewin, allowed Wayne Rooney to bring the Tofees level from the spot in the 77th minute.

Everton saw out the remainder of the contest without too much trouble, despite the late introduction of both Firmino and Coutinho, with Pickford producing a good save from a freekick to deny the latter.

It was Pawson's decision to award Everton a spotkick that drew Klopp's ire in his post match interview with Sky Sports, with the German saying, "Calvert-Lewin is smart and takes a step but even then it's nothing. The referees don't understand that the player is doing that. I cannot believe in a game like this when only one team is trying to win it and the other team were never in our box, and then you give it, you open the door for them like this. In my understanding, it's not a penalty."

Unsurprisingly, Everton boss Sam Allardyce believes the referee got his decision spot on, saying, "He can moan all he wants but it's a penalty. It's an extremely brave decision and I think he got the decision right."

Truth be told, the penalty decision was a tad soft, but Lovren did himself no favours by attempting to muscle Calvert-Lewin off the ball with his arms, and the young Englishman made a smart move to go down in the box, leaving Pawson with a decision to make.

The draw leaves Liverpool in fourth place in the Premier League standings, while Everton reclaim 10th spot from Southampton, who had temporarily leap frogged them courtesy of their home draw against Arsenal, earlier in the day.

Liverpool continue to enjoy home comforts on Wednesday when they take on West Bromwich Albion, while Everton are away to struggling Newcastle United.