Updated on: Friday, December 17, 2021, 03:23 PM IST

Premier League: Mohamed Salah inspires Liverpool to win over Newcastle United, Chelsea held by Everton on COVID-19 hit day

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool in action. | Photo: AFP

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool in action. | Photo: AFP


In a day where COVID wreaked havoc on the Premier League, as six matches were called off, two fixtures did take place in which Liverpool came out of top against Newcastle United and in another one Chelsea were held by Everton on Thursday.

Mohamed Salah inspired Liverpool's 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United. Newcastle took the lead on seven minutes when former Reds midfielder Jonjo Shelvey picked up Thiago's clearance and hit a stunning 25-yard strike beyond Alisson's reach.

Diogo Jota levelled for Liverpool on 21 minutes and four minutes later Merseysiders turned the match on its head when Salah fired home his 15th goal of the season after Dubravka had parried Mane's shot.

A record 2,000th top-flight win for the Reds was secured in style by Trent Alexander-Arnold who scored third for the home side.

At Stamford Bridge, Jarrad Branthwaite scored his first Premier League goal as Everton secured a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Chelsea.

Chelsea were dominant in the first 45 minutes with 81 percent possession yet were unable to convert any of their 13 shots on goal. The home side continued to pepper the Toffees' goal and their pressure finally told on 70 minutes. James slipped the ball through to Mount and he finished with aplomb to become the Blues' youngest player to score in four consecutive Premier League matches.

Everton were level only four minutes later with Branthwaite diverting Anthony Gordon's free-kick to the far post beyond Edouard Mendy.

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Published on: Friday, December 17, 2021, 03:23 PM IST