x

Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 18 June 2018

Premier League results: Liverpool held to a draw as Joselu strike frustrates Klopp

Shortly before Burnley leave Everton with three points, goals from Monreal and Iwobi give Arsenal victory over Brighton

Philippe Coutinho scored in the 29th minute to give Liverpool the lead before Newcastle United equalised seven minutes later. Scott Heppell / Reuters
Philippe Coutinho scored in the 29th minute to give Liverpool the lead before Newcastle United equalised seven minutes later. Scott Heppell / Reuters

Newcastle United 1-1 Liverpool

Newcastle Joselu (36')

Liverpool Coutinho (29')

Liverpool had to settle for a 1-1 draw as Newcastle United equalised through Joselu just seven minutes after the visitors took the lead thanks to a long-range effort from Philippe Coutinho in the 29th minute on Sunday.

The result means that the Merseyside club go into the international break in seventh place, seven points behind both Manchester City and United.

The draw continues an underwhelming run of form for Jurgen Klopp’s men, who have picked up just five points from their past four games and have only won one of their past seven games in all competitions.

“If you don’t help yourself no one else help you,” Klopp told the BBC. “It will be like this until we score.

“We play like this it makes sense that we play like this usually we score in situations like this. We have to accept this and carry on.”

Jeff Hendrick scored as Burnley celebrated their best start to a Premier League campaign. Martin Rickett / AP Photo
Jeff Hendrick scored as Burnley celebrated their best start to a Premier League campaign. Martin Rickett / AP Photo

Everton 0-1 Burnley

Burnley Hendrick (21')

Ronald Koeman will face yet more difficult questions at Everton after Jeff Hendrick bolstered Burnley's impressive away record with the winner at Goodison Park.

Republic of Ireland international Hendrick was on the end of a sweeping move as the Clarets' 1-0 win was added to a collection of positive road results already featuring a victory at Chelsea and draws at Tottenham and Liverpool.

But it plunged Everton straight back into a crisis, with last weekend's win over Bournemouth - their only league victory since the opening day of the season - a distant memory as four league defeats in five matches have left manager Koeman's side just two points above the bottom three.

Hendrick easily side-stepped Morgan Schneiderlin in the penalty area to slide home a low shot after Scott Arfield and Stephen Ward combined down the left towards the end of a 24-pass move bettered only in numbers by Pep Guardiola's Manchester City this season.

Everton visibly crumbled, with Ashley Williams lucky to escape when his clearance rebounded off Hendrick to Arfield, who was booked for diving in the penalty area after the pedestrian centre-back attempted to correct his error.

Nacho Monreal celebrates scoring for Arsenal against Brighton on Sunday. Tony O'Brien / Reuters
Nacho Monreal celebrates scoring for Arsenal against Brighton on Sunday. Tony O'Brien / Reuters

Arsenal 2-0 Brighton

Arsenal Monreal (16'), Iwobi (56')

Arsene Wenger celebrated the 21st anniversary of his arrival at Arsenal in winning style as the Gunners cruised to a 2-0 victory over Brighton on Sunday.

There are many reasons for Arsenal fans to look back fondly on the day Wenger was hired but, after several years of underachievement, the Frenchman finds himself engaged in a fight to restore his tarnished reputation.

It is too early to predict whether Arsenal can end their 13-year wait to win a fourth Premier League title under Wenger, but there were some encouraging signs as Brighton were put to the sword at the Emirates Stadium.

Nacho Monreal opened the scoring in the first half before Alex Iwobi, converting Alexis Sanchez's majestic assist, wrapped up the points after the interval.

Arsenal's sixth win from their last seven matches in all competitions moved them to within six points of leaders Manchester City heading into the international break.

Fittingly, Wenger marked his milestone date with a notable record of his own.

Brighton are the 45th different Premier League club to be defeated by Arsenal since Wenger took over in 1996, breaking the record he shared with Manchester United hero Alex Ferguson.

______________

Read more

Mourinho worried international break could break up United's momentum

Chelsea manager Conte blames players being tired for defeat to City

Other Premier League results: City sink Chelsea, plus more

______________