London, 5 December 2019 (dpa/MIA) – Liverpool continued to roll along in the Premier League on Wednesday, while Manchester United got the better of former manager Jose Mourinho.
Divock Origi scored twice as Liverpool beat neighbours Everton 5-2 to stay eight points clear of Leicester City, who moved up to second with a 2-0 win over Watford.
The Reds set a new club record of 32 top-flight games unbeaten and also extended their league unbeaten run in the Merseyside derby to 18 games.
“As a team we just enjoy it … we show that we really enjoy to play for Liverpool,” Origi told Amazon Prime Video Sport. “This is an important game, it’s special.”
“We know we have a great team and we have to be at our best. Each individual is important,” he was cited by BBC Sport as adding.
Marcus Rashford’s brace gave Manchester United a 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur in their first meeting with Mourinho, who took over Spurs last month.
“It’s a step back against a team that is playing with same objective as us,” Mourinho said after his first loss in four games.
“Trying to get up the table and reach the top six. We need to keep going.”
Liverpool continue to rule the roost with another win over Everton.
Origi and Shaqiri gave them 2-0 up early but Michael Keane pulled one back for Everton.
Mane and Origi then put the Reds back in charge before Richarlison capped off a frantic first half in stoppage time.
Things were much calmer after the break with Georginio Wijnaldum wrapping up the victory in the 90th minute.
The loss will increase the pressure on embattled Everton manager Marco Silva, whose side fall into the relegation places in 18th.
“We have been unlucky in some games but we know the quality we have in our team and it’s not acceptable to be where we are,” defender Mason Holgate said.
Much of the focus at Old Trafford was on Mourinho’s return, but it was Rashford who stole the spotlight when he opened the scoring in the sixth minute.
Tottenham equalized in the 39th minute through Dele Alli, but Rashford struck the winner with a penalty early in the second half after being taken down by Moussa Sissoko.
“The three points are massive for us,” United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told the BBC.
“We’ve had too many draws this season and given too many points away from winning positions.”
The win lifts United to sixth and drops Tottenham two spots down to eighth.
Leicester climbed back into second with their home win over bottom-side Watford.
Jamie Vardy and James Maddison both scored as the Foxes moved above Manchester City, who had passed them on Tuesday.
Goals from Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount gave fourth-placed Chelsea a 2-1 win over Aston Villa, while Wolverhampton Wanderers moved into fifth by beating West Ham 2-0 to extend their league unbeaten run to 10.
Southampton climbed out of the relegation places with a 2-1 win over Norwich, who remain second-bottom.
Arsenal host Brighton and Newcastle visit Sheffield United in Wednesday’s matches.