Daniel Sturridge rescues point for Liverpool in draw at Chelsea
LONDON -- Three points from Stamford Bridge on Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Liverpool in the Premier League.
1. Sturridge rescues a point for Liverpool
Daniel Sturridge extended Liverpool's unbeaten start to the Premier League season by salvaging a point for Jurgen Klopp's team with a goal just three minutes after coming on as a substitute against Chelsea.
Liverpool had looked set to lose for the first time in the league this season after falling behind to Eden Hazard's 25th-minute opener at Stamford Bridge.
Despite dominating for lengthy periods and creating a series of chances to equalise, Liverpool struggled to make the breakthrough due to the home side's defensive discipline.
But with 88 minutes on the clock, former Chelsea forward Sturridge equalised in dramatic fashion with a 25-yard strike that flew into the top corner, beyond the reach of goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
In a pulsating game in West London, Chelsea twice had to clear off the line to deny Liverpool before Sturridge's late leveller.
But while neither team finished with three points, they both emerged from the game with their title aspirations consolidated by their respective performances.
Chelsea, with Hazard in unstoppable form, look capable of sustaining their title bid, while Liverpool now go into next Sunday's top-two clash against leaders Manchester City knowing that they have emerged unbeaten from another tough test of their credentials.
2. Chelsea still look a striker light
Eden Hazard could quite easily fire Chelsea to the Premier League title again, but it would be a risky strategy to expect the Belgian to sustain his current hot streak for the remainder of the season.
Unless he has a season like Cristiano Ronaldo enjoyed in his penultimate one at Manchester United in 2007-08, when the Portuguese scored 42 goals in all competitions, Hazard will need help from elsewhere if Chelsea are to have a realistic chance of winning the league.
The problems facing Maurizio Sarri, however, is that he simply doesn't have a striker who can ease the burden on Hazard.
Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata are the two centre-forwards at Sarri's disposal, but Giroud has still yet to score this season -- he was replaced on 65 minutes after another unproductive outing against Liverpool -- and Morata continues to look like nothing more than a backup despite his high price tag.
The Spaniard has scored just once in the league himself this season and, although he has shown more enterprise this term under Sarri following his difficult campaign under Antonio Conte, he is not a 20-goal a season forward.
If Chelsea still had Diego Costa, you could pretty much make them title favourites, but Costa is now an Atletico Madrid player and none of his replacements have shown themselves to be good enough to take his place.
Pedro, currently injured, is perhaps Sarri's best hope, but again, he cannot be relied upon to score 15-20 goals.
So it's all on Hazard then!
3. Salah looking human so far this season
Mohamed Salah was always going to struggle to replicate last season's incredible scoring feats for Liverpool, so it's perhaps no surprise that the Egyptian forward is struggling for form right now.
When he was substituted by Jurgen Klopp on 65 minutes, Salah had failed to score from three good chances at Stamford Bridge and his stats for the season are now a distinctly average 3 goals in 9 appearances.
All three goals have been scored in the Premier League at Anfield, against West Ham, Brighton and Southampton, so he has yet to deliver against a top-level opponent or score away from home.
There is no doubt that Salah will continue to score goals by the bucketload for Liverpool. He is simply too good a player to struggle for too long.
But having scored 44 goals in all competitions last season, Salah has a mountain to climb if he is to do that again.
And those comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are now beginning to look a touch outlandish, with the game's two greatest modern players so far ahead of the rest because of their ability to score at such incredible rates year after year.
Last season, Salah would have scored at least one of the chances he had at Chelsea, but it wasn't his day here.
He looks off the pace and short on confidence, but it would be foolish to expect his dip to last too long.
Manchester United's poor start to the season continued as West Ham beat Jose Mourinho's men 3-1 at the London Stadium on Saturday.
An early Felipe Anderson strike and a Victor Lindelof own goal put the hosts 2-0 up before half-time.
Marcus Rashford pulled one back for the visitors against the run of play midway through the second half, before Marko Arnautovic strolled through the United defence three minutes later and slotted under David De Gea to seal the points.
West Ham are now unbeaten in four in all competitions and have found their rhythm under Manuel Pellegrini, but the pressure grows on Mourinho after United failed to win for the third time in a week.
Chelsea thought they had ended Liverpool's unbeaten start to the season, but Daniel Sturridge came off the bench to score a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw.
Eden Hazard gave Chelsea a first half lead, and remained firm for much of the match.
However, Sturridge scored a curling effort from 25 yards to ensure Liverpool left Stamford Bridge with a point.
While United continue to falter, Manchester City maintained their unbeaten start to the Premier League season with a 2-0 home win against Brighton.
Raheem Sterling was on hand to tap in Leroy Sane's low cross before the half-hour mark, and Sergio Aguero put the champions out of sight as he finished a wonderful team move after 65 minutes.
City held on to move to the top of the league.
Bernd Leno made his Premier League debut as Arsenal left it late to beat Watford 2-0.
The Germany international replaced the injured Petr Cech towards the end of the first half, and managed to deny the Hornets in an end-to-end encounter at the Emirates Stadium.
Alex Iwobi replaced Aaron Ramsey amid speculation over his Arsenal future, and his cross was turned in by Craig Cathcart to give Arsenal the lead late on.
Almost immediately from kick-off, Mesut Ozil sealed the win for the home side after more excellent play from Iwobi.
Tottenham beat Huddersfield 2-0 to continue their good form ahead of their Champions League clash with Barcelona next week.
Harry Kane made amends for missing a one-on-one in the first half by heading Spurs into the lead soon after from a Kieran Trippier cross, and quickly doubled the lead from the penalty spot after Danny Rose was brought down in the box.
Spurs made a double change at half-time with one eye on Barcelona, and rode a second half storm to move back into the top four.
Everton ended their five-match winless run in the league following a 3-0 victory at home to Fulham.
An uneventful first half was followed by a penalty at the start of the second, with Denis Odoi bringing down Dominic Calvert-Lewin, but Gylfi Sigurdsson's effort from the spot hit the bar -- the first time he has missed a penalty in the Premier League.
The Iceland midfielder atoned for his error, however, breaking the deadlock five minutes later, firing Everton into the lead from the edge of the 18-yard area.
Cenk Tosun came off the bench to end his 10-game stretch without a goal, heading home from Theo Walcott's deep cross.
Sigurdsson bagged his second of the game in stoppage time to give Marco Silva a much-needed win.
Newcastle failed to climb out of the relegation zone as they succumbed to a 2-0 home defeat to Leicester.
The visitors took the lead from the spot after Kenedy was adjudged to have handled in his own box, allowing Jamie Vardy to fire Leicester in front.
Harry Maguire compounded Newcastle's misery late in the second half after rising highest from James Maddison's corner.
Wolves continued their fine start back to life in the top flight with a 2-0 win at home to Southampton following last week's 1-1 draw at Manchester United
A largely uneventful game was settled with little over 10 minutes remaining, when substitute Ivan Cavaleiro was teed up by Raul Jimenez to fire home from the edge of the area.
Wolves doubled their lead through Jonny Otto to climb to eighth in the table.