Ashley Young’s red card for Everton gave Liverpool the lead in the first half of today’s Merseyside derby. 

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The former Manchester United player’s challenge on Luis Diaz resulted him his first booking in the 18th minute. He was given a second yellow card in the 37th minute after another tackle on the Colombian, which prevented Diaz from getting close to the box. For Jurgen Klopp’s club, who have been the target of red card judgments a lot this season, this was a turning point. 

Alexis Mac Allister had previously been sent off, but Liverpool challenged the ruling. Following that, Virgil van Dijk was also sent off, and controversy swirled around the Tottenham Hotspur loss when both Curtis Jones and Diogo Jota were sent off early.

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Ashley Young, the right-back for Everton, was shown a red card during Saturday’s Merseyside derby against Liverpool. This makes him the 23rd player in Premier League history to receive a red card in a rivalry of that nature. 

Referee Craig Pawson called him off the field 37 minutes into the match after he received two yellow cards, both for fouls on Luis Diaz. Amazingly, Young only committed two fouls in the first half—one fewer than Liverpool’s left defender Kostas Tsimikas, who was given no cautions despite committing three fouls. 

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Young, who was the oldest player on the field at 38 years old, was sent off for the fifth time in his career. Notably, of the 23 red cards issued in Merseyside derbies in the Premier League, 16 have been to Everton players.

Young was sent off with the score tied at zero in the sixty-third Premier League encounter between Liverpool and Everton.