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Liverpool scrape win as Utd, Chelsea share spoils

  • Published at 12:30 pm October 25th, 2020
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Liverpool's Diogo Jota scores from a header during their EPL match against Sheffield United in Liverpool Saturday AFP

Jota’s header earned Liverpool a first win in three league games to lift them joint top with Merseyside rival Everton

Champion Liverpool got back to winning ways in the Premier League with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Sheffield United but their likely title rivals all dropped points Saturday.

Diogo Jota’s second-half header earned Liverpool a first win in three league games to lift them joint top with Merseyside rival Everton who play Sunday.

Manchester United and Chelsea played out a drab 0-0 draw at Old Trafford.

Crystal Palace moved up into the top five as they beat bottom club Fulham 2-1 with goals by Jairo Riedewald and Wilfried Zaha.

Liverpool had not conceded a penalty at their Anfield fortress for 67 Premier League games. 

However, that run came to an end early on against Sheffield United as Fabinho was adjudged by Video Assistant Referee to have fouled Oli McBurnie inside the area, even though referee Mike Dean had awarded a free kick outside the box.

Sander Berge sent Alisson, back in goal after injury, the wrong way to put the visitor ahead and Liverpool lived dangerously before Roberto Firmino levelled in the 41st minute.

Jota’s header earned the three points but it was a struggle in the rain for Juergen Klopp’s side who looked uneasy at the back without the injured Virgil van Dijk.

For the second week running they also had legitimate gripes about VAR.

United are down in 15th with seven points from five games after their stalemate against Chelsea.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said both teams were showing the effects of their midweek Champions League exertions - not helped by an empty stadium. 

Although, United were able to call on Edinson Cavani for his debut.

United avoided a third consecutive home league defeat at the start of a season for the first time since 1930, although they were fortunate when Harry Maguire got away with what looked like a foul inside the area on Cesar Azpilicueta in the first half.

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