Liver­pool denied derby win by VAR as Chelsea held in six-goal thriller

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Liver­pool were denied a cathar­tic vic­tory against Premier League lead­ers Ever­ton by VAR and Chelsea drew 3-3 with Southamp­ton on an­other day of breath­less drama in the English top-flight yes­ter­day.

Manch­ester City beat Arse­nal 1-0 as Pep Guardi­ola got the bet­ter of for­mer as­sis­tant Mikel Arteta.

Jur­gen Klopp’s champions were des­per­ate to atone for their 7-2 maul­ing against As­ton Villa be­fore the in­ter­na­tional break but were forced to set­tle for a 2-2 draw af­ter Jor­dan Hen­der­son’s late strike was chalked off for off­side.

Ever­ton, who have not beaten Liver­pool since 2010, re­main three points clear of their Mersey­side ri­vals at the top of the ta­ble af­ter a num­ber of con­tro­ver­sial calls went their way at Good­i­son Park.

But Klopp was mys­ti­fied that Hen­der­son’s po­ten­tial win­ner in added time against 10-man Ever­ton was ruled out for a barely per­cep­ti­ble off­side de­ci­sion against Sa­dio Mane.

He was also at a loss to ex­plain how Ever­ton goal­keeper Jor­dan Pick­ford had not been dis­missed and had not con­ceded an early penalty for a knee-high chal­lenge on Vir­gil van Dijk.

“There were a num­ber of big mo­ments in the game,” said a baf­fled Klopp. “The only sit­u­a­tion I saw back is the Hen­der­son goal and I didn’t see off­side. The pic­ture I saw is no off­side, but it was off­side be­cause some­body de­cided it.”

Ever­ton man­ager Carlo Ancelotti was de­lighted with his side’s per­for­mance, even though they were denied a fifth straight Premier League win.

“We com­peted with them,” he said. “We were 1-0 down and equalised, 2-1 down and equalised. It was a good test and I have a good feeling.

“To know we can com­pete with the champions of the last sea­son it gives us more con­fi­dence for the fu­ture.”

Sa­dio Mane, who missed the Villa Park maul­ing af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive for coro­n­avirus, put Liver­pool ahead in the third minute.

But the piv­otal mo­ment in the match came when Van Dijk was on the re­ceiv­ing end of a dan­ger­ous late lunge from Pick­ford in­side the box min­utes later.

How­ever, no penalty was awarded af­ter a VAR re­view be­cause Van Dijk had been marginally off­side and Pick­ford was lucky to avoid a red card.

The Dutch­man was sub­sti­tuted and his tow­er­ing pres­ence was missed at the other end as Michael Keane equalised in the 19th minute.

Mo­hamed Salah put Liver­pool back in front 18 min­utes from time but Do­minic Calvert-Lewin net­ted his 10th goal of the sea­son to pull Ever­ton level again.

Richarli­son was shown a straight red card for a dan­ger­ous tackle on Thi­ago Al­can­tara in the 90th minute and Ever­ton were grate­ful for the in­ter­ven­tion of VAR in the fi­nal sec­onds.

CHELSEA DRAMA

Chelsea looked to be in to­tal con­trol af­ter cruis­ing into a 2-0 lead against Southamp­ton at Stam­ford Bridge, cour­tesy of new sign­ing Timo Werner’s first Premier League goals.

But a goal from Danny Ings shortly be­fore half-time and a sec­ond-half strike from Che Adams wiped out their lead.

Frank Lam­pard’s side ral­lied im­me­di­ately to re­gain the lead, Werner tee­ing up Kai Havertz for a neat dinked fin­ish to make it 3-2.

But Southamp­ton were not to be denied and Jan­nik Vester­gaard blud­geoned home an added­time equaliser for Saints from a free-kick that Chelsea failed to clear.

Lam­pard said his side had to tighten up at the back af­ter con­ced­ing three goals for the sec­ond time this sea­son.

“We are see­ing lots of goals across the league and no man­ager is happy” he said.

“I don’t know why it is. There are at­tack­ing play­ers in this league and maybe pre-sea­son and lack of work­ing time plays a part. But we have to get bet­ter at it.”

City re­turned to win­ning ways af­ter an in­dif­fer­ent start to the sea­son, cour­tesy of a first-half goal from Ra­heem Sterling.

Aguero drove for­ward and fed Phil Fo­den on the left, with the Eng­land mid­fielder cut­ting in to shoot. Bernd Leno could only parry his ef­fort, which fell kindly for Sterling to side­foot home.

RE­SULTS

Ever­ton 2 (Keane 19, CalvertLew­in 81) Liver­pool 2 (Mane 3, Salah 72)

Chelsea 3 (Werner 15, 28, Havertz 59) Southamp­ton 3 (Ings 43, Adams 57, Vester­gaard 90+2)

Manch­ester City 1 (Sterling 23) Arse­nal 0

(Reuters)

Liver­pool’s Sa­dio Mane cel­e­brates his goal dur­ing the English Premier League match against Ever­ton at Good­i­son Park in Liver­pool, United King­dom, yes­ter­day.

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