Liverpool FC, coached by Jürgen Klopp, closed the gap on league leaders Manchester City with a derby win over Everton. Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea FC also had reason to celebrate.
Liverpool FC remain close on the heels of leaders Manchester City in the English Premier League. Jürgen Klopp’s team won the city derby against relegation-threatened Everton FC 2-0 (0-0) on Sunday. Andy Robertson (62nd minute) and former Wolfsburg player Divock Origi (85th) scored for the “Reds” at Anfield.
The hosts were superior from the start, but struggled for a long time against their defensively oriented city neighbours. Thus, there were hardly any chances in the first half. After the home win, Liverpool remain second in the table with five games to go, just one point behind defending champions City. Everton FC, coached by Frank Lampard, slipped to a relegation place.
Tuchel’s Blues cheer against Frankfurt’s Europa League opponents
Earlier, coach Thomas Tuchel had secured a last-minute victory with Chelsea FC in the race for a Champions League spot. The Londoners struggled to a 1-0 (0-0) win at home against local rivals West Ham United, Eintracht Frankfurt’s semi-final opponents in the Europa League.
Substitute Christian Pulisic gave Tuchel and his team at home to Stamford Bridge a 90th-minute goal. A few minutes earlier, Romelu Lukaku had been pulled down in the penalty area by Craig Dawson. Dawson was shown the red card, but Jorginho missed the penalty kick with a shot that was far too sloppy.
Chelsea, with the two German internationals Kai Havertz and Timo Werner in attack, had more of the play in a game that was poor in chances, but only became dangerous in the final phase. Defender Antonio Rüdiger, who is on the verge of a summer transfer, was missing from the Chelsea squad due to injury.
The Blues consolidated third place in the Premier League table with 65 points. Chelsea are five points ahead of fourth-placed Arsenal FC and have played one game less. Frankfurt’s opponents West Ham only have a mathematical chance of qualifying for the Champions League via the table.