Premier League Roundup: Liverpool’s problems continue as Everton knicks derby, Chelsea held by Saints

Liverpool seems to have lost all confidence playing at Anfield after almost three years of not losing on their home turf. Everton Football Club, their Merseyside neighbors and long-time rival became the latest fatality at Anfield, stealing a 2-0 win to further dampen Liverpool’s title defense season.

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Premier League (Highlights): Brighton 4-1 Chelsea

Everton also ended their 24-game winless run at Anfield with the 2-0 victory as Liverpool slipped to a fourth straight home defeat.

Carlo Ancelotti’s men made the perfect start as Richarlison quickly moved to put them in front as early as the 3rd minute of the game and as Liverpool continued to look like they lacked urgency in their play the challenge became harder.

The Reds lost their inspirational captain Jordan Henderson to a groin injury and Everton, determined in their tackles and brave with the ball, sensed weakness and pounced.

Sigurdsson rolled home from the spot following a controversial penalty to seal Everton’s first win against Liverpool since 2010 and their first at Anfield since 1999.

Liverpool also went on to equal a club record of four successive home league defeats set in in 1923 and Everton are now level on points with the Reds in the table having played a game fewer.

Watch the highlights of the match below

Stats and facts from the match (Backed by Opta)

  • Klopp has suffered four consecutive league defeats for the first time since November 2014 when he was in charge at Borussia Dortmund, while he has lost four in a row at home in league competition for the very first time in his managerial career.
  • Everton have won eight of their 12 away league games this season (D2 L2); only in 2008-09 have they won more on the road in a Premier League campaign (nine).
  • Among defending Premier League champions, only Leicester City in 2016-17 (21) and Chelsea in 2015-16 (30) have had fewer points after 25 games the season after winning the Premier League title than Liverpool’s 40 this campaign.
  • Richarlison is only the third Everton player to score in back-to-back Premier League appearances at Anfield for the club, after Tim Cahill in March 2006 and Kevin Campbell in October 2000.

Southampton 1-1 Chelsea: Mason Mount’s penalty shares the point at the St. Mary’s

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Mason Mount’s second-half penalty earned Chelsea a point away against Southampton as Thomas Tuchel remained unbeaten in charge of the west London club.

The Saints who came into the game having lost a club-record six top-flight games in a row, scored the opener against the run of play thanks to on-loan Liverpool forward Takumi Minamino’s well-taken strike just past the half-hour mark.

However, the visitors got themselves back in the game deservedly early in the second period when Mount both won and scored a penalty to keep his side fourth in the Premier League.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team, meanwhile, stay 13th in the table after picking up their first point since beating Liverpool at home at the start of January.

Watch the highlights of the match below

Managers reactions…

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said: “In a game where it was not easy to create chances, you need to rely on counter pressing to force errors to get the second ball and get the easy chance.”

“And for that, you need to be totally on and sharp for counter pressing and I did not feel this with Callum today.”

“He missed some opportunities for counter pressing and lost some easy balls and I had the feeling he was never really in the game.”

“You know I trust him a lot, he plays every game for us, but today I was close to him and… I do not know, maybe it was unfair, but I did not get the normal feeling with him today that he can be decisive.”

“So it is a hard decision today, but nothing that will stick between us, or stick for long. Tomorrow it will be forgotten and we prepare for Atletico.”

Other Premier League results

Saturday 20th February

  • Southampton 1-1 Chelsea
  • Burnley 0-0 West Bromwich Albion
  • Liverpool 0-2 Everton
  • Fulham 1-0 Sheffield United
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