Sports Desk, Oct 24 (efe-epa).- Liverpool came from behind Saturday in a 2-1 win against Sheffield United to go level on points with Premier League leaders Everton.
After a stunning 7-2 loss to Aston Villa and a draw with the Toffies in the Merseyside derby, the Reds were in need of a confidence-booster.
As the side continues to adjust to being without star defender Virgil van Dijk, who suffered a major injury in the derby, there was some good news Saturday with the sooner-than-expected return of starting goalkeeper Alisson.
But the focus early in the contest at Anfield was on Sheffield keeper Aaron Ramsdale, who was tested by Trent Alexander-Arnold’s thunderous free kick from the Liverpool half in the 3rd minute.
Ten minutes later, 19th-place Sheffield took the lead on a controversial penalty.
An encounter on the edge of the area between Liverpool defender Fabinho and Sheffield’s Oli McBurnie drew the scrutiny of VAR. While the contact was minimal and arguably on the far side of the line, the referee pointed to the spot and Sander Berge converted.
With five minutes left in the first half, Ramsdale dealt with a Sadio Mane header, but the rebound fell to Roberto Firmino, who brought the hosts level with his first goal of the campaign.
Mo Salah appeared to put Liverpool ahead in the 61st minute, only for the goal to be disallowed on an offside call. Just three minutes later, however, a Mane cross found Diogo Jota in front of the net and the Portugal international headed-in to make it 2-1.
The result extends the Reds’ Premier League undefeated streak at Anfield to 62 matches and leaves them with 13 points, the same as unbeaten Everton, though the Toffies have a game in hand.
Saturday’s clash at Old Trafford between traditional Premier League heavyweights Manchester United and Chelsea ended 0-0.
Though United are currently closer to the drop zone than to the top four, fireworks were expected as two teams known this season for dynamism on the attack and sometimes-woeful defending squared off under a driving rain in Manchester.
Instead, viewers saw two teams who seemed more willing to settle for a draw than to takes any risks for a win.
The hosts had more possession and more shots, but new Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy was equal to the task, stopping Marcus Rashford twice and Juan Mata on another occasion.
United’s David De Gea didn’t have to make a single save.
The Blues should have had a penalty when United defender Harry Maguire put Cesar Azpilicueta in a headlock on a set piece, but neither the on-field referee or VAR saw anything amiss.
Man United are 15th with 7 points from five matches. Chelsea, with 9 points from six games, sit in the sixth spot, a point behind promoted Leeds United and Crystal Palace, who beat last-place Fulham 2-1 Saturday at Craven Cottage.
Wilfried Zaha led Palace to their first victory in four Premier League matches, assisting on Jairo Riedewald’s goal in the 8th minute and scoring another in the 64th.
Tom Cairney got a consolation goal for the hosts in the 95th minute.
The day kicked off in London with a duel between West Ham United and visiting Manchester City
Michail Antonio put the Hammers ahead in the 18th minute with an assist from Vladimir Coufal and the lead help up until six minutes after the restart, when Phil Foden, replacing the injured Sergio Agüero, sent a low blast just inside the post.