Sam Allardyce cut a satisfied, if not entirely delighted, figure as he left Anfield on Sunday.
Rightly so, too.
Everton’s point in the Merseyside derby may have owed a little to fortune, and to a brave call from referee Craig Pawson, but given the circumstances surrounding the game the 1-1 draw represented a fine return.
The Blues’ approach – they had just 21 per cent possession over the 90 minutes and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford attempted nearly twice as many passes as any other player – has come into focus.
Not that Allardyce minds, of course.
Speaking to Danish television, Allardyce was informed of Jamie Carragher’s half-time comment that “if Everton got any deeper, they’d be in Stanley Park.”
His response was: “Jamie, if you’re listening to this. You get forced back by two things. One is the talent of the opposition, and two the failure of your players to play out correctly when they’ve got possession.
“So, next time I see Jamie I will give him a lesson in coaching so he can understand it better next time he’s commentating.”
Allardyce and Carragher, in fairness, have worked together in the past; Allardyce was Carragher’s manager for a ‘Soccer Aid’ charity match at Old Trafford.
And Carragher, too, was honest enough to admit after the game that Everton’s penalty call had been the correct one.
“Klopp is a very frustrated manager, and rightly so,” he said. “It was a game Liverpool should have won quite comfortably.
“I think his frustration comes from the fact that Everton weren’t that adventurous and came to defend. But whether you defend for 95 minutes, it doesn’t matter – they’ve got the result they wanted, and it all hinges on the penalty.
“It’s a penalty. What is Lovren doing? People say it’s soft, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a penalty. As soon as he’s felt his hands on his shoulders, he [Calvert-Lewin] has gone down.”