Liverpool continue run with derby win, Burnley add to Everton woes

  • Origi on target again against Everton
  • Burnley leave the relegation zone, Everton arrive
  • Chelsea score last-minute winner against West Ham

April 24 (Reuters) – Liverpool won the Merseyside derby 2-0 on Sunday to come within a point of Premier League leaders Manchester City and push neighbors Everton into the relegation zone.

Everton’s problems were heightened by a rejuvenated Burnley beating Wolverhampton Wanders 1-0 at Turf Moor to climb out of the bottom three for the first time since October.

Chelsea retained third place but needed a last-minute goal from American Christian Pulisic to beat West Ham United 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.

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City, who beat lowly Watford 5-1 on Saturday, have 80 points from 33 games with Liverpool on 79 from the same number of appearances. Chelsea are third out of 65 with Arsenal fourth out of 60.

Liverpool struggled to take on a determined Everton at Anfield, but it was derby specialist Divock Origi, usually a fringe player, who turned the game in favor of Juergen Klopp’s side.

Origi was brought on in the 60th minute with Colombia winger Luis Diaz and Klopp’s switch paid instant dividends.

Two minutes after the change, Belgium striker Origi linked up with Mohamed Salah before the Egyptian fired in a cross to the back post headed by full-back Andy Robertson.

Then with five minutes remaining, Origi made sure to win by returning after a spectacular volley attempt from Luis Diaz bounced off him at the far post.

Origi has now scored six times in nine games against Everton in the Premier League.

“It’s a nice record. When I go out on the pitch I just think about making plays and playing football. Today we needed that. It was a tough game; we knew it would be tough for the last games. In the end, we got the three points, so that’s the most important thing,” he said.

Everton face a nervous end to the season as they seek to maintain their record of never having been relegated since the Premier League’s inception.

Lampard’s side are now in 18th place with 29 points from 32 games while Burnley are two points clear after playing one game more.

The Clarets have now gained seven points from three games since sacking longtime manager Sean Dyche along with goalkeeper Mike Jackson, giving them new hope of survival.

A 62nd-minute goal from Czech striker Matej Vydra, which converted a low cross from Dutchman Wout Weghorst, was enough for Burnley against eighth-placed Wolves.

Chelsea ended a run of consecutive league defeats at home after substitute Pulisic came into the box at the right time to guide home a 90th-minute pass from Marcos Alonso, shortly after Jorginho saw a penalty saved by West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz. Fabiansky.

West Ham defender Craig Dawson was shown a red card after a video assistant referee checked following a clumsy foul on substitute Romelu Lukaku which resulted in the penalty.

Superb long-range goals in each half from captain James Ward-Prowse helped Southampton salvage a point at Brighton & Hove Albion with a 2-2 draw at the Amex Stadium.

Graham Potter’s side were sailing thanks to an early strike from Danny Welbeck and an own goal from Mohammed Salisu, but Ward-Prowse sparked a comeback after scoring straight from a free kick and completing it with a low drive ferocious 22 meters.

Crystal Palace host struggling Leeds United on Monday.

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Reporting by Simon Evans Editing by Toby Davis

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