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Salah inspires Liverpool, Chelsea held by Everton

Mohamed Salah netted his 22nd goal of the season as Liverpool closed the gap on Premier League leaders Manchester City with a hard-fought 3-1 win over Newcastle United on Thursday.

Missing Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho because of suspected positive coronavirus tests, Jurgen Klopp’s team went behind early on to their struggling opponents when Jonjo Shelvey scored against his former club following a quick break.

Diogo Jota drew the hosts level, albeit controversially as it came when Isaac Hayden was down in the six-yard box with a head injury. The Portuguese took advantage by tucking in on the rebound following Martin Dubravka’s initial save.

Shelvey then undid his positive start by gifting a backpass to Sadio Mane, who drew another save from Dubravka before Salah lashed home.

Shortly before Salah’s goal, Allan Saint-Maximin wasted a chance as he was denied by Alisson.

Eddie Howe’s team improved after the break as the hosts eased off, but Trent Alexander-Arnold’s late strike from 25 yards ended the game as a contest, and Liverpool now sit a point behind City.

Newcastle remain 19th in the table, three points from safety, ahead of their clash with Pep Guardiola’s league leaders on Sunday.

Elsewhere, Chelsea missed a chance to move two points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City as a depleted Everton side earned a superb point at Stamford Bridge.

England midfielder Mason Mount gave the hosts a deserved lead in the 70th minute with a calm finish past Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford following Reece James’ pass.

But Everton equalised four minutes later when 19-year-old defender Jarrad Branthwaite, in his first league appearance of the season, converted at the back post after Anthony Gordon’s free-kick.

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