English Premier League: Liverpool draw with Manchester City in heavyweight Premier League clash, Newcastle crush Chelsea

An 80th-minute goal from Trent Alexander-Arnold has secured Liverpool a breathless 1-1 draw with leaders Manchester City, keeping Juergen Klopp's team just a point adrift of the top spot in the tight English Premier League title race.

"This is a really tough place to come and it is a not a coincidence they have won I don't know how many in a row at home. They are a super team," Klopp told the BBC. "It is a good point and I am absolutely fine with it."

The draw ended a remarkable 23-game winning stretch at Etihad Stadium across all competitions for Pep Guardiola's City, who top the table on 29 points after 13 games, and spoiled a record-breaking day for Erling Haaland.

"We haven't had too many good results here in general. It's a point gained," Alexander-Arnold told Sky Sports. "It wasn't an amazing performance from us at all, but we take the point. There were positives - we had chances to win the game."

The 23-year-old Haaland, who tops the league with 14 goals, became the fastest player to score 50 Premier League goals when he slotted in a left-footed shot after a poor clearance from keeper Allison Becker. He took 48 games to reach the 50 mark, smashing Andy Cole's record of 65.

The marquee match kicked off the return of the Premier League from the international break, and it did not disappoint, with Alexander-Arnold silencing Etihad's sea of sky blue supporters in the 80th minute when Mohamed Salah teed him up on the edge of the box for a blistering low shot into the corner.

"The second half was much better than the first half," Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk told the BBC.

"Obviously we knew we would suffer at times and that is something you have to expect. You have to fight as a team.

"To come away with a point here is obviously not bad. We wanted to win but we didn't lose, which sounds a bit cliche."

Haaland's goal was his first against Liverpool in a City shirt and came despite questions about the big striker's status on Saturday after he withdrew from the Norway squad after picking up an ankle injury in a Nov. 16 friendly against the Faroe Islands.

City, who were missing Jack Grealish due to illness, had a second-half goal by Ruben Dias disallowed after VAR ruled Manuel Akanji had interfered with the keeper.

Joelinton celebrates his goal for Newcastle.
Joelinton celebrates his goal for Newcastle. Photo credit: Getty Images

The home side then peppered keeper Allison Becker with shots in a frenzied final few minutes, including a Haaland header off a corner that sailed just wide of the net.

Liverpool had their chances as well, including an early Darwin Nunez header from Salah's cross that Ederson had to leap to bat away.

Earlier, Newcastle United striker Alexander Isak netted on his return from injury, while two quick-fire second-half goals and a late Anthony Gordon strike gave the Magpies a 4-1 win over 10-man Chelsea at St. James' Park.

Isak, who has missed several matches over the last month with a groin injury, opened the scoring in the 13th minute but Raheem Sterling levelled for the Blues 10 minutes later, drilling home a superb free kick from just outside the box.

Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles put his side ahead again with a header on the hour mark, and a minute later Joelinton robbed fellow Brazilian Thiago Silva on the edge of the penalty area and slotted the ball home to make it 3-1.

Any chance Chelsea had of staging a comeback vanished when Reece James collected his second yellow card in the 73rd minute, and Gordon netted a fourth goal 10 minutes later as Newcastle rose to sixth in the table on 23 points, while Chelsea are 10th on 16 points.