“You lost the league, at Goodison Park. You lost the league, at Goodison Park.”
Two goals in the space of three second half minutes had just put Everton 2-1 up against Tottenham, but it was not Cenk Tosun’s scruffy finish that had sparked the loudest cheer of the day from the travelling Toffees support, or inspired the song that reverberated around the concourses at full time. To bet on Everton you can use the pinnacle bonus code.
No, that honour went to Riyad Mahrez, who – as Tosun was bundling home just his fourth goal of a frustrating campaign at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – had just hammered Manchester City into a 3-1 lead over Brighton and Hove Albion.
Flashback to March 3. Liverpool went into the second Merseyside derby of the season with the league title, a first in 29 years, still very much in their hands. A seven-point lead over Manchester City had been whittled down but still, it was the Reds who held the initiative.
Mohamed Salah raced through on goal in the 28th minute, as he has done countless times before in a red shirt. The Egypt forward put the ball onto his stronger left foot, as he has done countless times before. But, one split second of hesitation, and Jordan Pickford, the goalkeeper whose calamitous mistake at Anfield in the reverse fixture had handed Liverpool the most dramatic of victories, pounced, keeping Everton’s clean sheet in tact.