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Jordan Pickford apologises to Everton fans for ‘freak’ blunder

Goalkeeper’s late error handed hosts the three points

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Everton fought and fought for over ninety minutes and just when it looked like they had done enough to take a point back across Stanley Park, a later error from Jordan Pickford handed the hosts all three points.

Pickford made a hash of a wayward shot that bounced onto the bar and fell kindly to the onrushing Divock Origi to head home and the England international stranded.

Speaking after the game, the 24-year-old was apologetic -

“It was a freak one, really. It had hit the bar twice and I tried to flick it over. The ball spun and as I tried to flick it over, my hand hit the bar. It’s unfortunate but I am strong mentally and I will be ready for Wednesday [against Newcastle United].”

The Blues remain winless at Anfield since 1999 and missed a number of clear chances to amend that yesterday. However, with the draw looking likely, the error made all the difference.

“I think it is the Everton luck when we come to Anfield. Like I say, there’s nowt I can do about it now. I’m strong mentally and I will get over it. I just want to say sorry to the Everton fans.

“I think you could see our progression as a group, the chances we created and the football we played. That’s a positive but what can I do? 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 but I will be ready for Newcastle on Wednesday. We know we held our own against a good Liverpool side for 96 minutes.”

Pickford apologises to the away fans
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“I will say sorry to the Everton fans again, because I know how much it means to them. As players, we know how much it means to us. Look, you make mistakes every now and again. 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.

“I couldn’t hear what [Alisson] said exactly but it was nice and it showed a bit of respect. That football game was played with respect, there was nothing malicious – just a very good game of football.

“It’s unfortunate for me but I think it was a good game for everyone on outside to watch. The Anfield luck for Everton is still not there.”

Toffees manager Marco Silva spoke out in support of his goalie too -

“We will analyse the match with him and bad moment for Jordan and the dressing room.

“But I told him many many games he did amazing, this afternoon he did very good as well.”