Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea: Spoils split

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  • Salah’s 15th Liverpool goal
  • Reds stay third
  • Willian‘s cross sails in

Mohamed Salah and Willian traded second half goals in a cagey and entertaining 1-1 draw between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on Saturday.

The point keeps Chelsea third with 26 points, three ahead of fifth-place Liverpool.

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Jurgen Klopp left Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Georginio Wijnaldum on the bench in an eyebrow-raising XI.

Eden Hazard was far-and-away the star of the opening 20 minutes, and forced the only dangerous moment for either keeper with a 21st minute drive that led to a corner kick.

Danny Drinkwater was the next to ask Simon Mignolet to stop him, poking over the keeper but wide of the frame.

The dangerous Mohamed Salah provided a rare moment of threat from Liverpool, moving between N'Golo Kante and Gary Cahill to curl a shot around a flying Thibaut Courtois… and the goal.

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Hazard and James Milner were tangled on the edge of the 18, but Michael Oliver saw the incident as accidental and didn’t award a penalty kick.

At the other end, Courtois almost fumbled a bouncing Daniel Sturridge shot into the goal.

The Blues kept knocking, firing crosses in from the right to force Liverpool into tricky interventions and blocks.

Salah provided the break through, and refused to celebrate against his former club. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain set the chance up, and the Egyptian winger calmly and clinically made it 1-0.

Chelsea found an answer through Willian’s lofted cross, which was mishit and put Mignolet in a bad place. The ball sailed over the keeper’s head for 1-1.

Courtois stopped a late Salah strike, and the points were split at the Bridge.

WATCH LIVE: Bournemouth vs. Liverpool

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Liverpool looks to pile misery on Bournemouth while increasing its Top Four stock with a visit to the Vitality Stadium on Sunday (Watch live at 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

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The Reds can climb back into the Top Four with a win, and will do so with Sadio Mane, Danny Ings, and Dominic Solanke amongst their bench players.

Bournemouth starts Jermain Defoe, Joshua King, and Jordon Ibe amongst its attackers.

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Bournemouth: Begovic; Daniels, Ake, Francis, Smith, Pugh, Surman, King, L. Cook, Ibe, Defoe. Subs: Boruc, S. Cook, Gosling, Arter, Fraser, Stanislas, Afobe.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Gomez, Lovren, Klavan, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino. Subs: Karius, Milner, Mane, Lallana, Ings, Solanke, Alexander-Arnold.

AT HALF: Lukaku, Lingard have Man Utd up at West Brom (video)

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Romelu Lukaku didn’t celebrate much more than a fist pump following his match-opening goal against former teammates West Bromwich Albion.

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No one said anything about celebrating teammates’ goals, though.

Lukaku scored to give the Red Devils a 1-0 lead, then watched as Jesse Lingard‘s deflected lash left Ben Foster high and dry as United cruised into the break up two goals.

It’s 10th PL goal of the season for Lukaku, who has 15 in all competitions. For Lingard, it’s four and seven.

Here’s Lingard’s marker:

Celtic’s record unbeaten run ends at 69 matches

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Celtic’s unbeaten domestic run has ended at 69 matches, and it ended with a thud.

Tynecastle Park was the scene for a 4-0 thumping at the hands of Hearts, a defeat started by a 16-year-old’s first Scottish Premiership goal.

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Harry Cochrane’s his name, and his 26th minute goal gave Hearts the lead, and it was 2-0 by halftime through Kyle Lafferty, the ex-Burnley and Norwich player.

David Milinkovic scored three minutes after halftime, as the wake-up call didn’t arrive at the break, and added a penalty kick late in the match.

Celtic has a two-point lead on second-place Aberdeen with a match-in-hand. Rangers sit five-points back.

Sixty-nine games! Remarkable in any league. Here’s what Rodgers had to say:

“But I also want to congratulate my players. To have gone through 69 games and this to be their first defeat; of course it’s a sore one when you are beaten like that but they can hold their heads up. They have been absolutely amazing over those 18 months.”

WATCH LIVE: West Brom vs. Manchester United

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The Hawthorns is the scene as Manchester United attempts to pull back into sole possession of second place on the Premier League table with a visit to West Bromwich Albion (Watch live at 9:15 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

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The Baggies have several regular starters on the bench, with Chris Brunt, Gareth Barry, and Gareth McAuley (Allllll the Gareths!) getting a rest.

United will hand starts to Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata, with Anthony Martial on the bench with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

LINEUPS

West Bromwich Albion: Foster; Nyom, Hegazi, Evans, Gibbs, Krychowiak, Yacob, Livermore, Burke, McClean, Rondon. Subs: Myhill, Robson-Kanu, Brunt, Barry, Rodriguez, McAuley, Field.

Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Young, Herrera, Matic, Mata, Lingard, Rashford, Lukaku. Subs: Romero, Lindelof, Rojo, Shaw, McTominay, Ibrahimovic, Martial.