Pascal Gross’ late penalty denied Liverpool maximum points as they were forced to a 1-1 draw by Brighton in an eventful game at the Amex Stadium.
The hosts had a golden opportunity to go ahead but Neal Maupay, who is usually reliable from the spot somehow missed target despite sending Alisson the wrong way.
Mohamed Salah had thought he put the champions ahead but after a VAR review, the goal was ruled out for offside.
However, there was no stopping Diogo Jota from putting Liverpool ahead in the second-half, his ninth goal across all competitions in the Red colours.
Substitute Sadio Mane thought he had sealed match points but his effort was also ruled, an outcome which came back to hunt the visitors.
Andy Robertson fouled Danny Welbeck in a 50-50 challenge and despite no protests from the Seagulls’, the referee awarded a controversial penalty following a VAR review.
Upstepped Gross to keep his composure at the crucial moment to earn a point for Brighton and a result which sees Liverpool occupy the top spot.
Manchester City put five unreplied goals against Burnley at the Etihad Stadium, Riyad Mahrez grabbing a hat-trick.
In the absence of regular first-choice goalkeeper Nick Pope, it was always going to be a tall order for the Clarets away at a ground where they lost for a third successive game by 5-0.
Mahrez put the Citizens ahead inside the opening six minutes and doubled the advantage moments later, an indication of a long day ahead for the visitors.
Just before the break, Kevin De Bruyne found Benjamin Mendy in acres of space down the left and the French left-back produced an impressive finish for a rare goal.
Second-half strikes from Feran Torres (his first in the Premier League) and Mahrez to complete his hat-trick completed a one-sided home victory which takes Manchester City into the top half of the table.
In other results, Leeds United beat Everton 1-0 at Goodison Park thanks to substitute Raphinha’s goal. It was the Toffees’ fourth defeat in their last five games.
In the day’s final game, Gallagher Conor’s 13th minute goal was all West Brom required to seal a 1-0 home win against fellow strugglers Sheffield United, the Baggies’ first win of the league season at the ninth attempt.
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