Liverpool claimed victory in the Merseyside derby, defeating a 10-man Everton side with a 2-0 win at Anfield.
Despite having the advantage of an extra player for most of the game, Liverpool struggled to find their rhythm. However, two goals from Mohamed Salah in the final 15 minutes secured the win for the hosts.
Jurgen Klopp experimented with his starting lineup, including Ryan Gravenberch, Alexis Mac Allister, and Dominik Szoboszlai. Everton, on the other hand, stuck with the same lineup from their previous match. The game saw some close calls, with Everton’s defense making crucial tackles to deny Liverpool.
However, Ashley Young’s second yellow card in the 37th minute changed the dynamics of the match. Overall, it was a hard-fought victory for Liverpool in a relatively uneventful game.
Liverpool’s sixth successive home win in all competitions sees the Reds overtake Tottenham Hotspur into first place on goal difference, while Everton remain in 16th place, just three points clear of the drop zone.
Klopp’s side now have four full days to recover for Thursday’s Europa League showdown against Toulouse, while the Toffees travel to West Ham United in eight days time.
Meanwhile, Man City reclaimed the top spot in the Premier League with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion at the Etihad Stadium.
Despite being reduced to 10 men after Akanji’s late red card, City managed to maintain their lead. Julian Alvarez and Erling Haaland scored early goals, putting City in a comfortable position.
However, Ansu Fati’s goal for Brighton in the 73rd minute made it a tense finish. Despite their numerical disadvantage, City held on for the win.
Man City will now switch their attention to the Champions League, preparing to travel to Young Boys on Wednesday, while Brighton face Ajax in the Europa League on Thursday.
Also, Brentford secured a convincing 3-0 victory against 10-man Burnley in the Premier League.
Yoane Wissa and Bryan Mbeumo found the back of the net, while Saman Ghoddos sealed the win. James Trafford’s impressive saves kept Burnley in the game, but Brentford’s dominance couldn’t be denied.
In the same vein, Bournemouth’s winless streak in the Premier League continued as Wolverhampton Wanderers secured a 2-1 victory with a late goal from Sasa Kalajdzic.
Former Bournemouth player Gary O’Neil led Wolves to victory, adding pressure on Bournemouth’s new manager. Despite taking an early lead, Bournemouth couldn’t hold on as Wolves equalized and ultimately secured the win. Bournemouth remains in the relegation zone.
In another game, Luton Town staged a late comeback to secure a 2-2 draw against Nottingham Forest.
Elijah Adebayo scored a stoppage-time goal to earn Luton a valuable point. Forest had taken a 2-0 lead through Chris Wood’s goals, but Luton fought back with goals from Chiedozie Ogbene and Adebayo.