Liverpool 3-1 Norwich
Mohamed Salah scored his 150th goal for Liverpool as the Reds rallied from a goal behind to defeat a tenacious Norwich and cut the gap on Premier League leaders Manchester City to six points.
Jurgen Klopp made seven changes to his starting lineup from Wednesday’s Champions League victory against Inter Milan. That strategy seemed to backfire three minutes after the restart when Milot Raschica’s deflected shot gave Norwich an unexpected lead.
However, two goals in three minutes turned the game around, with Sadio Mane equalising with an incredible acrobatic volley and Salah completing the comeback after a wonderful 70-yard pass from goalkeeper Alisson. Luis Diaz completed the scoring with his first goal in Liverpool colours.
Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea
Chelsea believed they had been held on a breezy day in South London, but they eventually struck gold to defeat a spirited Crystal Palace team 1-0 at Selhurst Park.
In their first league game since being named world champions, the Blues failed to break through an organised Eagles defensive unit, which saw Joachim Andersen and Marc Guehi showcase their defensive abilities by marshalling £100 million signing Romelu Lukaku out of the game.
Hakim Ziyech believed he had given the visitors the lead with a quarter of an hour remaining when he converted a parried Lukaku shot that bounced, but VAR rescued Palace and Lady Luck smiled down on them, rewarding the home side for their outstanding play by judging the Moroccan had gone too early.
However, the right-winger would eventually have one that stood up, finishing a Marcos Alonso cross to strike a dagger into Palace hearts as it seemed as if their gameplan had gone perfectly.
This result will benefit the Blues tremendously as they look to build on their Club World Cup victory, but Vieira will be extremely saddened by the outcome.
Arsenal 2-1 Brentford
Arsenal cut the deficit to fourth place to just one point after defeating Brentford 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium.
After only 12 minutes, Alexandre Lacazette put the ball in the goal, but his tap-in finish from a few yards away was ruled out for offside during the buildup.
Arsenal responded immediately in the second half, with Emile Smith Rowe scoring a stunning solo goal two minutes after the restart. After a brilliant move down the left flank, the 21-year-old cut inside and curled the ball into the far corner.
Bukayo Saka clinched Arsenal’s victory with ten minutes remaining, slotting the ball into the bottom corner after a precise counter-attack after Brentford’s Pontus Jansson was caught in possession.
Christian Norgaard added a late consolation for the away side, but it was too little, too late.
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