Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp accused referee Craig Pawson of “opening the door” for Everton to take a point against his dominant side in the Merseyside derby.
Everton captain Wayne Rooney equalised from the spot after Pawson ruled Dejan Lovren’s push on Dominic Calvert-Lewin was worthy of a penalty.
Liverpool took the lead through Mohamed Salah’s sublime curling finish from an angle towards the end of the first half, which was deserved reward for the command shown by Klopp’s in-form side.
Sadio Mane wasted a fine opportunity to double the lead before Everton, who had only one shot on target from open play, were awarded the 77th-minute penalty.
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“Calvert-Lewin is smart and takes a step but even then it’s nothing,” said an angry Klopp in a bad-tempered interview with Sky Sports.
“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.”
Klopp then argued with the reporter, saying: “We can stop the interview, because I only want to speak with someone who has a little bit of understanding of football.”
The German later apologised to the interviewer, and Everton boss Sam Allardyce saw the penalty decision entirely differently.
“He can moan all he wants but it’s a penalty,” said Allardyce. “It’s an extremely brave decision and I think he got the decision right.”
Liverpool remain fourth in the Premier League table, two points behind third-placed Chelsea, while Everton stay 10th.
Liverpool must look at themselves
Lovren and captain Jordan Henderson angrily remonstrated with the referee at the final whistle after he awarded the visitors their first penalty at Anfield since 1988.
Liverpool clearly felt it was a soft decision, yet the hosts must also look at themselves for their inability to secure victory after failing to turn their long spells of possession into more than one goal.
They remain unbeaten in 10 games in all competitions but this will feel like a defeat for Klopp, whose team selection will also come under scrutiny.
The German opted to start Philippe Coutinho, who scored a Champions League hat-trick in midweek against Spartak Moscow, and fellow Brazilian Roberto Firmino on the bench.
Instead Klopp handed 20-year-old striker Dominic Solanke his second league start for the club, while there was an all-English midfield of Henderson, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
“I make decisions that I think are right,” added Klopp. “We lived more or less in their box. We could have scored earlier. I have to live with that.”
Klopp made six changes in total yet Liverpool’s play was still fluent, even if they were frustrated by the visitors before a brilliant piece of individual skill by Salah put them ahead.
The Egypt forward took his tally for the club since signing in the summer to 19 goals with an exquisite finish after beating Cuco Martina and holding off Idrissa Gueye.
However, Mane’s selfish decision not to pass to a team-mate cost Liverpool the cushion of a second goal before the interval.
He ran clear of the Everton defence but instead of squaring to Solanke, Oxlade-Chamberlain or Salah he went for goal and dragged his shot wide of the right-hand post.
Liverpool’s failure to add another goal ultimately cost them a fourth successive win, as Everton secured a point from a game they never had control of.
As Klopp sought to engineer a late winner for his side he sent on Danny Ings for the injury-plagued striker’s first Premier League appearance since May 2016.
Rooney and Allardyce come up trumps
Everton remain without a win at Anfield since 1999 yet this was a result to enjoy for the blue half of Merseyside.
The Toffees managed just two shots on target and spent most of the first half camped inside their own half as Liverpool dominated possession and territory.
In fact, Everton had 21% of the possession, their lowest figure ever in a Premier League match since 2003-04 (when Opta started recording the share).
Liverpool midfielder Henderson completed 60 passes – six more than Everton’s players put together – in the opening 45 minutes alone.
Yet Allardyce’s side dug deep to stay in the game, and when the chance arose to beat keeper Simon Mignolet, the goal was meaningful.
Rooney’s first goal in six appearances in this fixture extends his side’s unbeaten run to four games in all competitions.
The 32-year-old, whose pass led to the penalty, had been eagerly awaiting the derby since rejoining his boyhood club from Manchester United in July.
Rooney remains without a win in the derby but his spot-kick – straight down the middle after Mignolet dived early – at least earned his side a point to savour.
“The object of the exercise was to frustrate the opposition,” added Allardyce.
“Clear-cut chances for Liverpool were very few and far between for such a talented team. When I arrived at Everton we’d conceded 13 goals in the past four games.
“We’ve conceded one goal in four games since. Our platform for success is being built from the foundations and that’s extremely important if we are to move up the league.”
Man of the match – Jonjoe Kenny (Everton)
Why Rooney loves facing Liverpool – the stats
- Rooney has scored five goals in his past six Premier League starts against Liverpool.
- The Everton captain has been directly involved in five goals in his past three Premier League games (four goals, one assist), one more than he managed in his previous 11 with Everton this season.
- Salah has scored 19 goals in 24 appearances for Liverpool this season (all competitions), as many as he netted for Roma last term in 41 games.
- Salah has been directly involved in 23 goals for Liverpool in all competitions this season, two more than any other player in the Premier League.
- Liverpool have equalled their longest-ever unbeaten run against Everton in all competitions – 15 games – set between March 1972 and April 1978.
- Everton have lost just one of their past six Premier League games (W3 D2), after losing six of the eight before that (W1 D1).
Liverpool are back at Anfield on Wednesday when they host struggling West Brom in the Premier League (20:00 GMT), while Allardyce takes Everton back to his former club Newcastle on the same night (19:45).
Match ends, Liverpool 1, Everton 1.
Second Half ends, Liverpool 1, Everton 1.
Attempt missed. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho.
Foul by Ragnar Klavan (Liverpool).
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Idrissa Gueye.
Attempt blocked. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Ings.
Attempt saved. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.
Morgan Schneiderlin (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
James Milner (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Everton).
Foul by Danny Ings (Liverpool).
Idrissa Gueye (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Everton. Phil Jagielka replaces Wayne Rooney.
Substitution, Liverpool. Danny Ings replaces Dominic Solanke.
Substitution, Liverpool. Philippe Coutinho replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Goal! Liverpool 1, Everton 1. Wayne Rooney (Everton) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.
Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Penalty conceded by Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) after a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty Everton. Dominic Calvert-Lewin draws a foul in the penalty area.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Cuco Martina (Everton).
Attempt missed. Dominic Solanke (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andrew Robertson.
Corner, Everton. Conceded by Joseph Gomez.
Offside, Liverpool. Jordan Henderson tries a through ball, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is caught offside.
Substitution, Liverpool. Roberto Firmino replaces Mohamed Salah.
Hand ball by Idrissa Gueye (Everton).
Attempt missed. Joseph Gomez (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Mohamed Salah with a cross following a corner.
Sadio Mané (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Aaron Lennon (Everton).
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Jonjoe Kenny.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Attempt blocked. Dominic Solanke (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt saved. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Mohamed Salah.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Cuco Martina.
Sadio Mané (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Everton).
Attempt missed. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Sadio Mané following a corner.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Dominic Calvert-Lewin.