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Divock Origi continued his scoring streak against Everton as his late goal helped Liverpool to a 2-0 victory in the Merseyside derby.
The Reds were forced to work hard as they struggled against Everton, who entered Sunday’s game in the relegation zone after Burnley beat Wolves earlier.
Liverpool are now back within a point of Premier League title rivals Manchester City, while third-placed Chelsea moved five points clear of fourth-placed Arsenal with a last-minute victory over West Ham.
Brighton and Hove Albion and Southampton drew 2-2 in the day’s other game. Here, using Opta data, Stats Perform checks out the best facts from Sunday’s action.
Chelsea 1-0 West Ham: Pulisic spares Jorginho blushes
Chelsea put in a below-average performance against West Ham but went over the line thanks to Christian Pulisic’s latest winner.
The Blues had lost their previous two matches at Stamford Bridge and looked set to be heading for a third home game without a win when Jorginho sent a bad penalty straight to Lukasz Fabianski.
Jorginho had converted each of his last 13 penalties for Chelsea, excluding penalties, it was his first failure to score from the spot for the Blues since Boxing Day 2020.
But Pulisic swept past Marcos Alonso’s cross to win it. The United States international has been directly involved in 10 goals in 32 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions this term (seven goals, three assists), equaling his tally from last season when he made 43 appearances.
Burnley 1-0 Wolves: Clarets out of bottom three
Burnley picked up a second rebound victory to climb above Everton and climb out of the relegation zone.
They have now won three consecutive Premier League home games for the first time since a run of five between December 2016 and January 2017, and that’s the same number of wins they have won in the previous 26 games.
Indeed, Burnley have collected seven points from their three Premier League games under Mike Jackson (W2 D1), the same number of points Sean Dyche has collected in his last eight league games at the club (W2 D1 L5).
Wolves, meanwhile, have now suffered more defeats in their last five league away matches (four) than in their first 12 on the road this season (W7 D2 L3).
Matej Vydra grabbed the winner from Burnley. Four of his eight high-profile goals for the Clarets have been three-point winners.
Brighton and Hove Albion 2-2 Southampton: Ward-Prowse ends with record free-kicks
James Ward-Prowse scored both of Southampton’s goals as they came from behind to save a point in the south coast derby against Southampton.
Despite scoring as many goals on Sunday as in their last seven Premier League home games, Brighton failed to win a game in which they were leading by at least two goals for only a third time in the competition. (P23 W20 D2 L1), having won each of their previous 13 matches.
But after an own goal gave Brighton the lead, Ward-Prowse’s excellent free-kick halved the deficit. He has now scored 14 direct free-kick goals in the top flight, just four shy of David Beckham’s record, while only Manchester United great and Laurent Robert (both five) have scored more free-kicks in one. single season.
Ward-Prowse doubled his tally and restored parity with another long-range effort, and 44% of his league goals for the Saints have come from outside the box (17/39).
Liverpool 2-0 Everton: Origi strikes again to give Toffees Blues
It took Liverpool until the 62nd minute to break the deadlock at Anfield, although they were arguably lucky not to have conceded a penalty shortly before.
Nonetheless, Liverpool’s dominance was finally revealed as Everton’s back-to-the-wall display was shattered – Andy Robertson headed in for Origi before he scored late. The striker has now scored six times in nine league appearances against Everton, netting once every 62 minutes on average.
Liverpool have lost just one of their last 23 Premier League games against Everton (W10 D12), completing the league double against their neighbors for the first time since 2016-17. They now have 79 points, 50 more than Everton, which is the biggest joint margin they have held in the competition (along with the 2019-20 season).
Everton will finish the day in the relegation zone for the first time since December 2019 (also after a derby defeat at Anfield), despite being the most advanced in a season, after 32 games or more the Toffees found themselves in the bottom three since 1998-99.
They have lost 11 of their last 12 Premier League away games, including each of the last seven in a row. It is their longest consecutive away losing streak since a run of eight between April and October 1994.
Origi has now scored 11 goals as a Premier League substitute, the most by a Liverpool player, surpassing Daniel Sturridge’s 10.
Liverpool have recorded a possession figure of 82.7% against Everton – only Man City (83% against Swansea City in April 2018) have recorded a higher figure in a Premier League game since Opta started collecting this data (2003-04).