Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has vowed to come back strongly after committing a horrific blunder in the Merseyside derby which led to Divock Origi snatching the winner in the dying minutes of the game.
The game was evenly poised as both sides spoiled a number of chances to take the lead. But a late Pickford howler handed the Reds a crucial win which could prove to be massive in their quest of the Premier League title.
Pickford failed to judge the flight of Virgil van Dijk’s miscued shot as he tried to lift it over the crossbar but the ball hit the woodwork and fell back straight to Origi who headed home to send Liverpool within two points of league leaders Manchester City.
Pickford said, “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. 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.
“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.”