Alisson's class gesture to Jordan Pickford after his error during Liverpool 1-0 Everton

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Even Liverpool fans will be feeling a bit sorry for Jordan Pickford after the Everton goalkeeper's costly mistake in Sunday's dramatic Merseyside derby.

When Virgil van Dijk's 95th-minute volley from outside the area soared into the air, Pickford seemed to have the easy task of making sure the ball went over the bar.

But the Englishman panicked and palmed it onto the woodwork straight into the path of Divock Origi, who headed home to make it 1-0. Game over, three points to Liverpool.

Pickford cost Everton a valuable point, there are no two ways about it, but he insisted after the game that he's mentally strong enough to recover.

"I will say sorry to the Everton fans again, because I know how much it means to them," he said, per BT Sport. "As players, we know how much it means to us.

"Look, you make mistakes every now and again. The ball spun and as I tried to flick it over, my hand hit the bar. I think it is the Everton luck when we come to Anfield.

"It's not something you can learn and train and get better from. It’s just a freak incident. You move on and get better.

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"There is always a case as a goalkeeper... if you make an error it will lead to a goal. Unfortunately, it has been me today. There's nothing I can do about it now.

"I'm strong mentally and I will get over it. I will be ready for Newcastle on Wednesday. We know we held our own against a good Liverpool side for 96 minutes."

Pickford was consoled by his Everton teammates and even some Liverpool players after the final whistle as he gloomily walked towards the tunnel.


Liverpool's goalkeeper, Alisson, was one of those who went up to Pickford and he showed his class by giving him a hug and having a few words in his ear.

The video below shows Pickford wasn't really in the mood to be hugged, especially by his opposite number, but Alisson held on anyway.

Lovely to see. Pickford has been excellent for Everton - and England - this season so hopefully he's able to shrug off his mistake and continue his form against Newcastle.

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