Salah leads Liverpool to settle the Merseyside derby against Everton


Jordan Henderson (9), Egyptian Mohamed Salah (19, 64) and Portugal’s Diego Jota (79) scored Liverpool’s goals, while Demarai Gray scored Everton’s only goal in the 38th minute.

Liverpool is third with 31 points.

Liverpool entered the match armed with three consecutive victories, including two in the league at its “Anfield” stadium, with a clean four over Arsenal and Southampton on Saturday, during which they beat Porto 2-0 in the Champions League.

And unlike him, neighbors Everton are not living his best days, as he entered the match 14th in the standings.

The Merseyside derby has always had a special character between the two neighbors. Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp spoke before the match, expressing his concerns about the intensity of the matches and their negative impact on his players, specifically on Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk and Portuguese Jota, who are returning to the stadiums after a long period of absence due to injury.

Van Dijk missed most of last season after suffering a serious injury against Everton, in particular in the derby last year, after a collision with international goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Salah raised his scoring tally to 13 goals, as the Premier League’s top scorer.

Chelsea with difficulty against Watford

Chelsea held on to the top of the standings by beating Watford 2-1 at the latter’s home in “Vicarage Road”.

The London club maintained the lead of the standings, one point ahead of defending champion Manchester City, who in turn defeated its host Aston Villa with the same result, and two points from Liverpool, which defeated its neighbor Everton in the Merseyside derby 4-1.

After the Chelsea-Watford match was suspended for some time due to a health condition in the stands that required resuscitation, German coach Thomas Tuchel’s men struggled to settle the result, as the guests waited until the 73rd minute to score the winning goal by Moroccan Hakim Ziyech, after the “Blues” opened the scoring through young Mason. Mount (29) before Emmanuel Denis equalized the score for the hosts two minutes before the end of the first half (43).

Manchester City continued to tighten the noose on Chelsea and managed to return with the three points from its confrontation with its host Aston Villa.

The Portuguese Robin Diaz (27) and Bernardo Silva (43) scored for the Spanish coach Pep Guardiolas team, while the homeowners’ goal was scored by Oli Watkins (47).

In turn, Wolverhampton was satisfied with a goalless draw against Burnley, while West Ham’s match against Brighton ended in a 1-1 draw and Southampton against Leicester 2-2.


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