By Mike Collett
Goals from Gary Cahill and Diego Costa gave Chelsea a deserved 2-1 comeback win at Liverpool on Saturday as they stretched their unbeaten Premier League run to 11 matches from the start of the season.
Chelsea stayed four points clear at the top from Southampton, who won 2-0 at home to Leicester City after Shane Long came on as a 67th-minute substitute and scored with a left-foot shot on 75 minutes and a right-foot effort five minutes later.
Chelsea have 29 points, Southampton 25 with champions Manchester City, who are third on 20 points, playing at Queens Park Rangers in the evening kick-off.
Elsewhere goals were in short supply as Manchester United beat Crystal Palace 1-0 with a 67th-minute effort from substitute Juan Mata, while Burnley beat Hull City 1-0 for their first league win of the season thanks to Ashley Barnes’ 50th-minute header.
West Ham United drew 0-0 at Upton Park with Aston Villa, whose run of six successive defeats came to an end.
The most exciting match of the afternoon came at Anfield where Emre Can scored his first goal for Liverpool with a long-range shot after nine minutes that took a deflection off Gary Cahill’s shoulder leaving Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois stranded.
Cahill pulled Chelsea level after 14 minutes – awarded after the Goal Decision System proved the ball had crossed the line even though his shot was smothered by Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet.
Costa settled the points in the 67th minute when he put Chelsea ahead with a low, powerful drive, but Liverpool thought they should have had a penalty in the 88th minute when Cahill appeared to handle a Steven Gerrard shot.
Their strong claims were denied though and they lost for the third time in a week.