Premier League Live: Rusty Liverpool plays draw, Chelsea register comeback win

For a third straight year on this side of Stanley Park, Liverpool and Everton played out an utterly forgettable 0-0 draw in which little football broke out.

The Premier League champions-in-waiting looked completely rusty to start with and showed little rhythm in their moves. Jurgen Klopp will likely put it down to the rust that has set in during the three-month break from top-flight action necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic.

But if his team are to end their wait for a title as quickly as possible, they will need to start shaking that off quickly.

With Mohamed Salah unable to start at Goodison Park due to fitness concerns, Klopp was forced into a rare reshuffle up top.

Takumi Minamino was the man chosen to replace the prolific Egyptian, but the success of that move can be fairly measured by the decision to withdraw him at half-time.

It isn’t that Liverpool’s latest signing played particularly, but more that he could not help but drift into central areas from his starting position on the right-hand side.

Premier League Live : Chelsea Registers comeback win over Aston Villa
 

Chelsea staged an impressive second half fightback to beat Aston Villa 2-1 as Olivier Giroud’s winner consolidated their place in the Premier League’s top four on Sunday.

Frank Lampard’s side were rocked when Kortney Hause put Villa ahead against the run of play in the first half.

But Christian Pulisic came off the bench to equalise after the break before Giroud bagged his fourth club goal of the season two minutes later.

Chelsea’s quick-fire blitz moved the fourth placed west Londoners five points clear of Manchester United in fifth in the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

A first away league win of 2020 was the ideal way for Chelsea to return to action in their first match since the Premier League was suspended in March due to the coronavirus.

Villa’s failure to hold onto their lead leaves Dean Smith’s second bottom team one point from safety with eight games left to avoid relegation.

 
Premier League Points Table after Sunday Games
 

Latest 2019/20 EPL standings

Pos Team P W D L GD Pts
1 Liverpool 30 27 2 1 45 83
2 Man City 29 19 3 7 40 60
3 Leicester City 30 16 6 8 30 54
4 Chelsea 30 15 6 9 13 51
5 Man Utd 30 12 10 8 14 46
6 Wolves 30 10 13 6 9 46
7 Sheffield Utd 30 11 11 8 2 44
8 Tottenham 30 11 9 10 7 42
9 Crystal Palace 30 11 9 10 -4 42
10 Arsenal 30 9 13 8 0 40
11 Burnley 29 11 6 12 -6 39
12 Everton 30 10 8 12 -9 38
13 Newcastle 30 10 8 12 -13 38
14 Southampton 30 11 4 15 -14 37
15 Brighton 30 7 11 12 -7 32
16 Watford 30 6 10 14 -17 28
17 West Ham 30 7 6 17 -17 27
18 Bournemouth 30 7 6 17 -20 27
19 Aston Villa 30 7 5 18 -23 26
20 Norwich 30 5 6 19 -30 21
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