Diogo Jota’s second-half header earned Liverpool a primary win in three league video games to carry them to joint prime with Merseyside rivals Everton who play on Sunday.
Manchester Metropolis’s stuttering begin continued as they drew 1-1 at West Ham United whereas Manchester United and Chelsea performed out a colorless 0-0 draw at Outdated Trafford.
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Crystal Palace moved up into the highest 5 as they beat backside membership Fulham 2-1 with targets by Jairo Riedewald and Wilfried Zaha.
Liverpool had not conceded a penalty at their Anfield fortress for 67 Premier League video games. Nevertheless, that run got here to an finish early on in opposition to Sheffield United as Fabinho was adjudged by VAR to have fouled Oli McBurnie inside the world, though referee Mike Dean had awarded a free kick exterior the field.
Sander Berge despatched Alisson, again in purpose after damage, the flawed strategy to put the guests forward and Liverpool lived dangerously earlier than Roberto Firmino levelled within the forty first minute.
Jota’s header earned the three factors however it was a wrestle within the rain for Juergen Klopp’s aspect who appeared uneasy on the again with out the injured Virgil van Dijk.
For the second week operating in addition they had official gripes about VAR.
“It is good to win 2-0 or 3-0 each recreation however that solely occurs if, in video games like this, we’re able to struggle onerous,” Klopp mentioned. “On nights like this you earn the correct to win the others like that.
“The penalty was not even a foul. Throughout a season there are such a lot of completely different intervals, now we have had an injustice and now we have needed to go once more.”
Manchester Metropolis trailed to Michail Antonio’s acrobatic opener on the London Stadium and solely improved after the break when teen Phil Foden got here on for the injured Sergio Aguero.
Foden grabbed the equaliser and Raheem Sterling wasted an excellent late likelihood as Metropolis had been annoyed.
They’re in twelfth place with eight factors from 5 video games, their worst begin to a Premier League season for six years.
“I am not a man who can predict the longer term. We have already dropped seven factors, which is rather a lot. However we have struggled rather a lot for a lot of causes,” mentioned Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola, including that the recently-returned Aguero may have a hamstring damage.
Whereas Metropolis languish in mid-table, neighbours Manchester United are down in fifteenth with seven factors from 5 video games after their stalemate in opposition to Chelsea.
United supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer mentioned each groups had been exhibiting the consequences of their midweek Champions League exertions — not helped by an empty stadium. Though United had been capable of name on Edinson Cavani for his debut.
“It was two groups who performed in Europe this week and it confirmed,” he mentioned. “If that Stretford Finish was full we would get that ball over the road. It’s a completely different sport with the followers right here. We miss them. It is the identical for all groups however everybody agrees there’s rather less in it — the sting has gone.”
United averted a 3rd consecutive dwelling league defeat initially of a season for the primary time since 1930, though they had been lucky when Harry Maguire received away with what appeared like a foul inside the world on Cesar Azpilicueta within the first half.