LIVERPOOL (AP) – Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored for the fifth straight game to open the season in the English Premier League and Everton rescued a 2-2 draw with Liverpool on Saturday, asserting themselves at the top of the table.
Calvert-Lewin jumped over his mark to head a Luca Digne cross into the corner in the 81st minute at Goodison Park.
The 10th goal of the young campaign for the England forward in seven games for Everton ensured the team remains on top for another week, although the leaders gave up points for the first time this season, in a typically frenzied derby that finished with 10 men after Richarlison was red for a foul on Thiago Alcantara.
Jordan Henderson thought he had given the champions victory when he scored on extra time, but the goal was disallowed by a tight lead position against Mané by VAR.
Liverpool have not lost to their neighbors since 2010, a 23-game streak in all competitions. But Jurgen Klopp’s team had a tough test against Everton, which justified their surprise position at the top of the league.
Mané gave Liverpool the lead after three minutes, but Michael Keane equalized with a header on a corner kick in the 20th – shortly after the visitors had lost their dominant central Virgil van Dijk to injury.
Mohamed Salah appeared to have given Liverpool the victory with a shotgun blast in the 72nd minute. But the champions couldn’t defend the lead and Calvert-Lewin matched for the home team.
Liverpool was hurt by having to play without their best defender for most of the game. Van Dijk limped off the field after a hard foul by goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who was fortunate not to be red.
Southampton scored a goal in overtime to salvage a 3-3 draw at Chelsea’s home in the English Premier, in a match that again exposed the hosts’ defensive vulnerabilities.
Jannik Vestergaard combed a shot from newly acquired Theo Walcott in the second stoppage time, capped off Southampton’s comeback, which had fallen 2-0 behind Timo Werber’s first two league goals.
Chelsea, who has drawn 3-3 twice, missed the experience of one of their new acquisitions – the central Thiago Silva, who is recovering after playing for the Brazil team – and could have also benefited from the new goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
In the absence of the injured Mendy, played by Senegal, the erratic Kepa Arrizabalaga was the starter and made a serious mistake that allowed Southampton to equalize 2-2, with a goal from Che Adams. Dany Ings had scored the first for Southampton shortly before the break.
Kai Havertz claimed the lead for Chelsea with three minutes remaining at the end of an excellent combination, but Vestergaard sealed the equalizer.