Jordan Pickford’s error in the last minute of Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Liverpool reminded some Everton fans of Reina’s mistake in the derby 12 years ago.
The 232nd Merseyside derby finished with Everton succumbing to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool in the cruellest manner – via a freakish last-minute goal.
Marco Silva’s charges had held the Reds’ attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino at bay going into injury time in Sunday’s Premier League game at Anfield.
However, Virgil van Dijk’s miscued volley attempt ended up causing havoc as it dipped down towards goal, with Toffees goalkeeper Jordan Pickford seeking to get his hands on the ball.
Pickford ended up diverting the ball onto the bar and back into play, where Divock Origi was waiting to connect with a header from point-blank range.
An unfortunate way for the game to end, with the Everton and England stopper subsequently coming under criticism from some quarters for his decision-making.
Former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina joined in with the celebrations by posting a relatively simple update on his Twitter account:
Get iiiiiiin!!!— Pepe Reina (@PReina25) December 2, 2018
Rewind the clock back 12 years, however, and Reina was actually guilty of a similar blunder in injury time at the end of a Merseyside derby.
On 9 September 2006, the Toffees were already cruising to a 2-0 win over the Reds.
In injury time, the Spaniard fumbled Lee Carsley’s effort, presenting Andrew Johnson with an easy headed finish for a resounding 3-0 triumph.
Some Everton fans could not resist reminding Reina of his own derby failings:
Pickford kinda reminds me of something pic.twitter.com/aMxCT0vgqE— Massive Ears and 907 others (@MoloYT_) December 2, 2018
Bit like your howler against Everton a few years ago— David Brown (@djb8111) December 2, 2018
Remember doing that at Goodison?— Sam (@samwise7000) December 2, 2018
I liked it better when Pepe Reina did it. #Everton— Tony Boehm (@agboehm) December 2, 2018
@SkySportsPL Pepe Reina made similar mistake against Everton in 2006— CHRIS MAC (@CHRISMAC1974) December 2, 2018