By Simon Evans
(Reuters) – Liverpool won the Merseyside derby with a 4-1 win over Everton on Wednesday while Premier League leaders Chelsea won 2-1 over Watford and Manchester City got a 2-1 win over Aston Villa.
As fourth-placed West Ham held a 1-1 draw against Brighton, they are now seven points behind third-placed Liverpool, along with Chelsea and Manchester City, looking set for a three-horse race for the title. .
After 14 matches, Chelsea leads with 33 points, one point behind Man City and Liverpool with 31.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have four goals at their neighbor’s home for the first time since 1982, with Mohamed Salah scoring twice to maintain a dazzling form.
Jordan Henderson put Liverpool ahead with a stunning cut in the ninth minute before setting up Salah for the second.
It’s one-way traffic and Everton, under former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez, are in real danger of an embarrassing scoreline.
Demarai Gray scored ahead of time to give the jittery home crowd some hope before a mistake by Seamus Coleman allowed Salah to score to make it 3-1 and then Diogo Jota created produced an excellent spin before overtaking Jordan Pickford to complete the track.
“I liked what I saw and it was the best performance we did at Goodison,” said Klopp.
“We’ve made such a big step in our development that we can make games like these, even though they’re really important to the opponent. We can put our emotions aside. It was definitely a nine out of 10 performance by each of the boys,” added the German.
ZIYECH HITS WIN FOR CHELSEA
After recent draws against Burnley and Manchester United, Chelsea cannot afford to drop Watford but manager Thomas Tuchel admits they were lucky to collect all three from Vicarage Road.
The visitors took the lead when Mason Mount coldly converted after a good combination in the 29th minute.
Watford deservedly leveled before overcoming Emmanuel Dennis, the Nigerian as a substitute, Hakim Ziyech to score the winning goal 12 minutes later with a superb assist from the assist. .
“We need a lot of points if we want to continue in the race for the title. We feel like we’ve lost two points against Burnley and Manchester United. Tuchel said we stole at least two, maybe three today.
“Overall, we could have done much better. There were a number of reasons – we had injured players and some key players were out of action due to overcrowding. I don’t want to be too critical. Watford deserves more than that,” he added.
Outstanding first-half goals from Ruben Dias and Bernardo Silva helped Manchester City win over Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa.
Portugal centre-back Dias blew up the net from more than 20 yards after Raheem Sterling’s shot from inside the box.
Silva doubled their advantage with a spectacular effort in the 43rd minute, a superb volley edged past Martinez from 15 yards after City broke through from their box with Riyad Mahrez releasing Gabriel Jesus on the right.
Ollie Watkins brought Villa back into the match but Man City clinched their fourth straight win.
“We came here with an incredible team with top quality and top players and the way we played in the first half and even the second half was fantastic,” said City manager Pep Guardiola.
“We conceded a goal in the first minute of the second and it was difficult but we played with a huge personality, a really good game,” he said.
An 89th-minute overhead kick from Neal Maupay disappointed West Ham against Brighton after London took the lead thanks to a header from Czech centre-back Tomas Soucek.
Leicester City had to come in from behind twice to secure a 2-2 draw against Southampton with James Maddison’s 49th-minute strike giving Brendan Rodgers’ side a point, leaving the Foxes in eighth place. .
Sixth place is Wolverhampton Wanderers who were disappointed in a 0-0 home draw against 18th place Burnley, who have drawn five of their last seven matches.
(Reporting by Simon Evans, editing by Clare Fallon)
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