Substitute Divock Origi and James Milner both scored as Liverpool beat Sunderland 2-0 at Anfield to return provisionally to the Premier League summit on Saturday.
Liverpool dominated possession without finding a way past Sunderland’s stubborn defence, spurning a host of chances until Origi, on in the first half for the injured Philippe Coutinho, curled in his first league goal of the season in the 75th minute.
Milner wrapped up the points from the penalty spot in the 91st minute, sending Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford the wrong way after Sadio Mane was brought down in the box by Didier Ndong.
Liverpool rose to the top of the Premier League table with 30 points, two ahead of third place Chelsea, who can return to the summit with victory over Tottenham Hotspur later on Saturday. The defeat sent Sunderland back to the bottom of the standings.
Dawson clips West Brom’s wings
Michael Dawson netted a 72nd-minute equaliser as Hull City drew 1-1 against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday to deny Tony Pulis’s team a third successive Premier League win.
West Brom, the visitors, were bidding to go level on points with sixth-place Manchester United and took a deserved 34th-minute lead when centre-back Gareth McAuley headed in.
But Hull gave a much better account of themselves after the break and levelled through Dawson, keeping them in the relegation zone but only on goal difference.
West Brom remain ninth, a healthy six points clear of the relegation places.
Leicester draw Middlesbrough
Islam Slimani converted an injury-time penalty as Leicester snatched a 2-2 draw at home to Middlesbrough on Saturday, the latest disappointing result in the English champion’s title defense.
Alvaro Negredo put Middlesbrough ahead twice at King Power Stadium and Leicester replied with two penalties, the first from Riyad Mahrez and then from substitute Slimani in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
Leicester, which qualified midweek for the knockout stage of the Champions League, avoided a third straight Premier League defeat but has only won once in its last eight games and is two points above the relegation zone.