Liverpool returned to the Premier League summit for the first time since December 2020 following a dramatic round of fixtures, which sees the top five split by a single point.
Goals from Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah and Curtis Jones proved enough for Liverpool to go top, despite Yoane Wissa’s late equaliser for Brentford in a 3-3 thriller in West London, after Ethan Pinnock had initially put the Bees ahead whilst Vitaly Janelt briefly levelled the score at 2-2 in the 67th minute.
Gabriel Jesus’ clinical 53rd minute winner proved enough to defeat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge as Manchester City climbed to second, whilst Thomas Tuchel’s Blues fell from top spot down to third.
Kortney Hause’s 88th minute headed winner saw Aston Villa clinch their first win at Old Trafford since December 2009, which consequently saw Manchester Untied slip to fourth in the table.
Down in the relegation zone, Norwich City remain rock bottom without a league win this season after suffering a 2-0 defeat at fifth-placed Everton, as Andros Townsend and Abdoulaye Doucoure netted either side of half-time.
Burnley remain second-bottom after Leicester twice came from behind through a Jamie Vardy brace to draw 2-2 at home against Sean Dyche’s Clarets, although Vardy did initially head Burnley ahead through a 12th minute own goal.
Leeds United fell into the bottom three after Michail Antonio delivered a 90th minute winner for West Ham at Elland Road, having initially fallen behind to Raphinha’s strike before Junior Firpo deflected Jarrod Bowen’s shot into his own net to hand David Moyes’ Hammers an equaliser.
Elsewhere, Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka both provided goals and assists as Arsenal thrashed Tottenham 3-1 at home in the first North London derby of this season, despite Son Heung-Min’s late consolatory goal for the visitors.
Raul Jimenez delivered a stunning 61st minute winner from Jose Sa’s long ball to defeat Southampton 1-0 at St Mary’s Stadium, which marked the Mexican’s first competitive goal in 11 months after having returned last month from a head injury suffered at Arsenal last November.
Neal Maupay’s injury-time strike saw sixth-placed Brighton come from behind to hold Crystal Palace to a 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park in the M23 derby, after Patrick Vieira’s Eagles had taken the lead at half-time through Wilfried Zaha’s penalty following a foul from Leandro Trossard on Conor Gallagher.
Finally, Ismaila Sarr cancelled out Sean Longstaff’s opener as Watford came from behind to hold Newcastle to a 1-1 draw at Vicarage Road.