Everton dent Chelsea’s top four bid, Liverpool reclaim EPL Leadership
Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson scored second half goals as Everton handed Chelsea a 2-0 setback at Goodison Park yesterday.
The loss keeps Chelsea in sixth place, three points behind Arsenal and one shy of Manchester United, reports nbcsports.com. Everton is 11th with 40 points.
The first half was a series of Chelsea chances without finish, Pedro a particularly busy and influential member of the visitors.
The Spaniard had the ball in the back of the net off a free kick sent over the top of the Everton back line, but the linesman’s flag was raised for offside.
The second half began with a bang, the noise made when Andre Gomes saw his shot move off the cross bar.
Richarlison then burst toward a loose ball and headed into the Chelsea goal after Dominic Calvert-Lewin‘s header off a corner was parried by Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Pickford then kept the lead in tact with a terrific low save on a Higuain drive through traffic. Richarlison then won a penalty when he chipped a ball past Marcos Alonso and the Spaniard stepped on his foot. Sigurdsson saw his penalty saved by Arrizabalaga, but rolled in the rebound.
Earlier, Jurgen Klopp wasn’t grasping for positivity after Liverpool escaped Craven Cottage with a 2-1 defeat of Fulham and a place atop the Premier League table.
As a matter of fact, he felt great about his team’s performance in the win even after a colossal misunderstanding between Virgil Van Dijk and Alisson Becker nearly cost the side all three points through an equalizer from ex-Reds forward, Ryan Babel.
Fortunately for Liverpool, Sadio Mane won a penalty and James Milner converted it to give the Reds their win.
“It is clear at 1-0 if you don’t kill it off that can happen,” Klopp said. “Babel was there that is how football is. They deserved a goal but we deserved three points. A brilliant afternoon I have to say.”
Klopp said his side was hampered by its midweek Champions League defeat of Bayern Munich, and that he is not worried about them moving forward in pursuit of a Premier League title.
Liverpool has a two-point lead on Man City, who has played one fewer match but that match is currently the Manchester Derby.