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Everton escape with draw against Liverpool

Premier League leaders Everton have maintained their unbeaten start to the Premier League season with 10 men on Saturday after the Toffees sealed a controversial 2-2 draw with Liverpool, who had Jordan Henderson’s late strike ruled out.

Manchester City eked out a hard-fought 1-0 win over Arsenal later on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium, thanks to Raheem Sterling’s first-half goal.

Chelsea and Southampton shared a 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge as the Blues’ new German imports Timo Werner and Kai Havertz both scored their first Premier League goals.

In the day’s big derby, Liverpool captain Henderson thought he had scored an injury-time winner but his strike that looped over Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was controversially ruled out for a marginal offside by the video assistant referee (VAR).

It was ruled by VAR that Sadio Mane was offside in a call that could not be seen in a live environment.

“We don’t understand why it’s offside,” said frustrated Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

“The picture I saw once on the laptop, there’s no offside. Everyone tells me it was not offside and that doesn’t lift my mood. Obviously not our day.”

Mane, who made his return to the Liverpool line-up after recovering from coronavirus, struck the opener in the third minute before Everton defender Michael Keane’s 19th minute header saw the city rivals all square at half-time.

Mohamed Salah restored the visitors’ lead in the 72nd minute as he collected his 100th Liverpool goal with a snapshot volley, but Calvert-Lewin continued his scoring streak to salvage a point nine minutes from the final whistle.

Everton finished the match with 10 men after Richarlison was sent off in the 89th minute for a hard challenge on Liverpool’s Spanish midfielder Thiago.

Calvert-Lewin’s 10th goal of the campaign, and the tight VAR decision against Henderson, sees Everton still lead the table with 13 points with Liverpool moving up to second on 10.

“We’ve made strides and got ourselves back in to the game and we had the chances to win it but we didn’t take them today,” said Calvert-Lewin.

Everton were fortunate not to have a red card sooner after Pickford clattered into Virgil van Dijk as he came into the penalty area, which ruled the Dutch defender out for the rest of the game.

Van Dijk’s absence weakened Liverpool’s defence and Everton took advantage to level the scoreboard from a corner. Keane towered over his marker to head in the equaliser that slipped through Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian’s hands.

Manchester City had been missing star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne because of injury, but did welcome back key striker Sergio Aguero. The team’s all-time record scorer played 65 minutes in his first match since June.

Sterling, though, proved their match-winner, slotting a rebound into an empty net in the 23rd minute after City midfielder Phil Foden had a shot parried away by Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno..

Chelsea will rue another missed chance after Werner netted twice before the half-hour mark with Danny Ings running around Blues’ goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to make it 2-1 at half-time.

Arrizabalaga failed to clean up Kurt Zouma’s poor back pass in the second half as Che Adams equalised for the visitors in the 57th minute but Havertz made amends two minutes later with a well-worked finish.

Jannik Vestergaard then swooped with an injury-time header to steal a point for the Saints.

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