It wasn't a case of deliberate errors. Sunday's derby match at Anfield pictched Liverpool against eternal rivals Everton.

Pickford made an usual error that gifted Liverpool all 3 points and prompted Liverpool Manager, Jurgen Klopp to run about 100 meters to celebrate the very late goal.

Pickford has apologised to Everton fans for the “freak incident” that gifted Liverpool victory in the 96th minute of the Merseyside derby and sent Jürgen Klopp sprinting across the Anfield pitch in celebration.

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Klopp said he apologised to Marco Silva for his wild reaction to Divock Origi’s dramatic winner – a claim denied by the Everton manager – after the England goalkeeper turned Virgil van Dijk’s miscued volley back into play via his crossbar and on to the Belgium international’s head to score.

A close-fought derby had seemed destined for a draw until Pickford’s error allowed Liverpool to return to two points behind leaders Manchester City.

Everton’s goalkeeper was devastated but insisted he would react positively. “I think it is the Everton luck when we come to Anfield,” said Pickford.

“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.

Liverpool’s manager sprinted across the pitch to embrace Alisson after his free-kick to Trent Alexander-Arnold led to the winning goal.

“Immediately after the game I apologised to Marco Silva when we spoke to each other,” said Klopp.

“I told him how much I respect his work, because it’s incredible what he has done with that team. They are a really outstanding side."