Everton have identified the supporter who threw a bottle in Jurgen Klopp’s direction during their 0-0 draw with Liverpool on Saturday and have issued an immediate stadium ban to them. Klopp was almost struck by a flying bottle that was thrown down from the top deck of the Goodison Road Stand shortly after the Toffees had a goal disallowed by VAR for offside.
Conor Coady’s close-range effort was ultimately ruled out after a lengthy delay as VAR analysed if the defender had strayed beyond the final Liverpool defender. And shortly afterwards, a bottle came hurtling down from the stands and splashed just by Klopp in his dugout.
The German responded by staring back into the stands in disbelief. Asked about the matter post-match, Klopp laughed that he saw the bottle post-match at the “crime scene” because it has not been picked up, and clarified it was an open plastic bottle rather than a glass one.
He said: “I didn’t see it [get thrown]. I thought it was a glass bottle but it was not. I saw it now because it’s still at the crime scene. In the moment it looked like a glass bottle – that would have been really dangerous. But no, it was a plastic bottle.”
Everton have since discovered the identity of the fan responsible for throwing the bottle, and they have been banned from Goodison Park indefinitely. They have not been arrested by police but the Toffees are ready to co-operate with the authorities if they wish to take the matter further.
Another Everton fan also rushed on to the pitch to confront referee Anthony Taylor shortly after Coady’s goal was disallowed. The defender, a boyhood Liverpool supporter, was just offside as he tapped in Neal Maupay’s low cross from a few yards out.
Liverpool and Everton released a joint statement shortly after the full-time whistle to address the fact murals of Liverpool legend Roger Hunt and current players Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah were defaced pre-match on the streets around Goodison and Anfield. The statement read: “Both Everton and Liverpool Football Clubs jointly condemn the defacing of buildings and murals ahead of the Merseyside derby.
“Racist and offensive graffiti has been daubed across multiple sites in north Liverpool this morning around Anfield and Goodison. Both clubs will work together with Merseyside Police and will support the investigation in finding those responsible. Hate has no place in football. Together, Everton and Liverpool Football Clubs and their supporters will continue in representing our city in the fight against all forms of discrimination.”
Everton and Liverpool drew the 141st Merseyside derby 0-0 despite both sides hitting the woodwork in the first half. Jordan Pickford, the man of the match, tipped Darwin Nunez’s effort on to the bar before Darwin Nunez struck the post seconds later. That came after Tom Davies struck the post with a fine outside-of-the-boot effort.
Pickford and Alisson were then on hand to produce some excellent second-half saves. Pickford made eight saves with some fine stops from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, while Alisson prevented debutant Neal Maupay from scoring one-on-one as well as tipping Dwight McNeil’s deflected shot over the bar.