Liverpool were rejected a cathartic victory versus Premier League leaders Everton by VAR and Chelsea drew 3-3 with Southampton on another day of out of breath drama in the English top-flight on Saturday.
Manchester City beat Toolbox 1-0 as Pep Guardiola overcame previous assistant Mikel Arteta, while misfiring Manchester United prepared to handle Newcastle in the late kick-off.
Jurgen Klopp’s champions were desperate to compensate their 7-2 mauling against Aston Villa before the worldwide break but were forced to choose a 2-2 draw after Jordan Henderson’s late strike was chalked off for offside.
Everton, who have not beaten Liverpool considering that 2010, remain three points clear of their Merseyside rivals at the top of the table after a number of controversial calls went their method at Goodison Park.
However Klopp was bewildered that Henderson’s prospective winner in added time against 10- male Everton was dismissed for a hardly perceptible offside choice versus Sadio Hair.
He was also at a loss to discuss how Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford had not been dismissed and had not conceded an early penalty for a knee-high difficulty on Virgil van Dijk.
” There were a variety of big moments in the game,” said a baffled Klopp. “The only circumstance I saw back is the Henderson goal and I didn’t see offside. The image I saw is no offside, but it was offside due to the fact that someone chose it.”
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti was happy with his side’s performance, although they were denied a fifth straight Premier League win.
” We competed with them,” he stated. “We were 1-0 down and equalised, 2-1 down and equalised. It was a great test and I have a good sensation.
” To understand we can take on the champions of the last season it offers us more self-confidence for the future.”
Sadio Mane, who missed out on the Rental property Park mauling after evaluating positive for coronavirus, put Liverpool ahead in the 3rd minute.
However the pivotal moment in the match came when Van Dijk was on the receiving end of an unsafe late lunge from Pickford inside package minutes later.
However, no charge was granted after a VAR evaluation because Van Dijk had actually been partially offside and Pickford was lucky to prevent a red card.
The Dutchman was substituted and his towering existence was missed at the other end as Michael Keane equalised in the 19 th minute.
Mohamed Salah put Liverpool back in front 18 minutes from time but Dominic Calvert-Lewin netted his 10 th objective of the season to pull Everton level again.
Richarlison was shown a straight red card for a hazardous deal with on Thiago Alcantara in the 90 th minute and Everton were grateful for the intervention of VAR in the final seconds.
Chelsea looked to be in overall control after cruising into a 2-0 lead versus Southampton at Stamford Bridge, courtesy of new signing Timo Werner’s first Premier League goals.
However an objective from Danny Ings soon prior to half-time and a second-half strike from Che Adams erased their lead.
Frank Lampard’s side rallied right away to regain the lead, Werner teeing up Kai Havertz for a cool dinked finish to make it 3-2.
However Southampton were not to be rejected and Jannik Vestergaard bludgeoned home an added-time equaliser for Saints from a free-kick that Chelsea stopped working to clear.
Lampard said his side had to tighten up at the back after conceding three objectives for the 2nd time this season.
” We are seeing lots of objectives throughout the league and no supervisor enjoys” he said.
” I do not understand why it is. There are assaulting players in this league and possibly pre-season and absence of working time plays a part. But we have to improve at it.”
City returned to winning methods after an indifferent start to the season, thanks to a first-half goal from Raheem Sterling.
Aguero drove forward and fed Phil Foden left wing, with the England midfielder cutting in to shoot. Bernd Leno could just parry his effort, which fell kindly for Sterling to sidefoot house.