Premier League: Liverpool-Chelsea stalemate dents top four hopes, Everton beaten again | Football news


Liverpool and Chelsea did little for their chances of climbing into the Premier League’s top four with an uninspiring 0-0 draw as a 2-0 defeat at West Ham on Saturday brought Everton closer to relegation. In a repeat of last season’s League and FA Cup finals, which Liverpool won on penalties following a goalless draw, neither side could break the deadlock at Anfield to remain in the middle of the table. Both sides are nine points off the top four and could fall even further behind should Newcastle later win at Crystal Palace.

Chelsea had the ball in the net early on, but Kai Havertz’ goal was ruled out for offside after a VAR review. The visitors brought in another 100 million euros ($108 million) in the second half to bring Mykhailo Mudryk off the bench and the Ukrainian came as close as anyone to a winner when he shot into the side netting.

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Jurgen Klopp admitted he might not have made it to 1,000 games in his managerial career if there had been too many similar games in the previous 999. But he was pleased with a first Premier League clean sheet since October.

“I’m okay with 0-0 because you have to accept these moves,” Klopp said.

Everton in danger

Across Merseyside, things look even bleaker as Everton’s 69-year stay in the top flight looks increasingly uncertain. Jarrod Bowen struck twice in the first half as West Ham won 2-0 at the London Stadium to move out of the bottom three thanks to their first win in eight league games.

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Leicester eased the pressure on Brendan Rodgers with their first point since the World Cup break, but were denied a vital victory by a late Brighton equalizer in a 2-2 draw at King Power. Kaoru Mitoma’s luscious attack gave the in-form visitors the lead, but Marc Albrighton quickly equalized and Harvey Barnes put Leicester ahead just after the hour mark. Teen striker Evan Ferguson came off the bench to head in off the post in the 88th minute to grab a point that lifted Brighton into the top six.

Bournemouth fell to the bottom three despite ending a run of six consecutive defeats with a 1–1 draw against Nottingham Forest. Jaidon Anthony put the hosts ahead, but Sam Surridge came back seven minutes from time to chase down his former club.

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Southampton remain rooted at the foot of the table after a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa that was disrupted by a drone flying over the stadium. Towards the end of the first half, play was temporarily halted and the players were taken off the field at St. Mary’s for their own safety.

When the action got going again, Villa kept his upward momentum under Unai Emery as Ollie Watkins headed in Douglas Luiz’s free-kick 13 minutes from time.

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