Defending champion sent Sadio Mané into the lead in the third minute, scoring Liverpool’s fastest goal in the Merseyside derby since the Premier League. A moment later, however, complications came for the Reds in the form of injuries and forced substitution of the stopper Virgil van Dijk, who was shot down by the goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, whose intervention was not punished by the referees.
Liverpool scored without a defensive support in the 19th minute after a corner kick and a header by Michael Kean. James Rodríguez, who prepared the third goal after his summer arrival from Real Madrid and scored the same number himself, scored his assistance.
With 72 minutes played, Reds Muhammad Salah had a fantastic opportunity to reply but his shot flew harmlessly into the side-netting of the goal. The 23-year-old English striker became Everton’s first player in 82 years to score in the first five league duels of the season.
With 90 minutes played, Richarlison nearly put the visitors another one up as he broke through in the middle and fired from just outside the box, but his shot passed just over the bar. Henderson’s shot, however, did not pay in the end, the VAR system showed a close offside. According to repeated shots, Mané broke the rules with parts of his hand.
“I’m a real supporter of the VAR system. This season would be an offside, but the rules about playing hands have changed. Everyone tells me it shouldn’t be an offside, but it won’t improve my mood much now,” said Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp after the match.
Jordan Henderson thought he’d won the Merseyside derby in stoppage time…
But it was ruled out for THIS offside 😳
— Goal (@goal) October 17, 2020
Everton did not beat his rival even in the 20th league match in a row, the last time he managed to do it was exactly ten years ago. Nevertheless, he maintained a three-point lead over him in the table and remains first. The defending champions lost points after the 2: 7 debacle with Aston Villa for the second time in a row.
Vestergaard struck at the setting
Chelsea was not helped to win over Southampton or the first hits of the two big summer reinforcements from the German Bundesliga. Danny Ings reacted to Tim Werner’s first two goals before the break and the equalizer was arranged in the 57th minute after the mistake of stopper Kurt Zouma and goalkeeper Kepy Arrizabalagy, the second striker Saints Che Adams.
Soon Kai Havertz ran onto Werner’s pass in front of an empty net and returned the Blues to the lead. In the set time, however, the bounced sent to the goal of Theo Walcott, who started after his return to Southampton after 14 years, and stopper Jannik Vestergaard placed his shot in the net.
FULL-TIME | We get the W!@sterling7‘s goal on 23 was enough to bag us a welcome three points! Yessssss!
– Manchester City (@ManCity) October 17, 2020
In Manchester City’s match with Arsenal, Sterling won in the 23rd minute, when the knocked-out ball after Phil Foden’s shot came into the goal. The English winger is doing well against the Gunners, he has scored four goals in the last five duels and scored two.
Arsenal lost to the Citizens in the league for the seventh time in a row, the last time they had such a negative balance against Ipswich between 1974 and 1977. The London team lost away for the second time in a row, Manchester City won again after two matches.