Liverpool were left frustrated after a 2-2 draw at Everton in the Merseyside derby yesterday with VAR ruling out a potential winner from Jordan Henderson in stoppage time and key defender Virgil van Dijk suffering a knee injury.
Raheem Sterling grabbed the winner as Manchester City beat Arsenal 1-0 in their Premier League clash at The Etihad, Manchester United scored three late goals to beat Newcastle 4-1 and a late equaliser from Jannik Vestergaard earned Southampton a 3-3 draw away to Chelsea.
Liverpool, still smarting from a 7-2 mauling at Aston Villa before the international break, got the perfect start in the third minute when Sadio Mane put them ahead, driving home a low cross from Andy Robertson. Centre-back Van Dijk, so central to Liverpool’s defensive solidity last season, then had to go off injured after a reckless challenge from home goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton side soon took advantage of the Dutchman’s absence when from a corner defender Michael Keane rose at the near post to power a header past keeper Adrian in the 19th minute.
Mohamed Salah restored Liverpool’s lead in the 72nd but early season pacesetters Everton drew level nine minutes later with a header by Dominic Calvert-Lewin, the England striker’s 10th goal in seven games in all competitions this season. Everton’s Brazil forward Richarlison was then sent off in the 90th minute after a wild challenge on Thiago Alcantara.
Liverpool thought they had won the game in stoppage time through Henderson but VAR ruled that Mane was narrowly offside and the goal was chalked off.
“The picture I saw now once on the laptop, there is no armpit, there is nothing, we are just not offside,” said Liverpool’s bemused manager Juergen Klopp.
Everton remain top of the table on 13 points, three ahead of second-placed Liverpool.
Pep Guardiola came up against his former assistant Mikel Arteta at The Etihad and perhaps not surprisingly it was a tactical encounter won by a calm finish from Sterling. He slotted home the only goal in the 23rd minute after a Phil Foden shot was parried by Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno at the end of a flowing City counter-attack.
But City had their keeper Ederson to thank after he was quick off his line to deny Bakary Sako and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Southampton came from behind twice at Chelsea despite Timo Werner scoring two skilful individual goals for the home side, his first strikes in the Premier League. Werner opened the scoring with a clever goal in the 15th minute and another in the 28th when he lobbed advancing keeper Alex McCarthy and then headed into the empty goal.
Southampton pulled one back when Danny Ings rounded keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to score and Che Adams profited from a defensive blunder to blast home in the 57th minute.
Kai Havertz struck back immediately for the hosts but the Saints struck again in added time to leave Frank Lampard concerned about the errors his Chelsea team made.
At St James’ Park, United captain Harry Maguire cancelled out a Luke Shaw own goal by heading in a corner in the 23rd minute. But it wasn’t until the 86th minute that United went ahead, Bruno Fernandes scoring on a pass from Marcus Rashford. And after Aaron Wan-Bissaka pushed them further ahead, Rashford completed the scoring in added-on time.