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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Liverpool Blows Chance To Overtake Man United

LONDON -- Liverpool missed a golden chance to go to the top of the English premier league when it was held to a 1-1 draw by arch rivals Everton.

Liverpool leap-frogged Arsenal to move into second place but is now two points behind leaders Manchester United having played a game more.

A victory with a two-goal margin would have put it above United but sloppy finishing in front of goal let Liverpool down.

Newcastle moved above Aston Villa into fourth place with a 3-1 demolition of FA Cup finalists Chelsea. Alan Shearer scored a goal either side of Faustino Asprilla's strike. Craig Burley hit a consolation for the visitors.

Chelsea dropped a place, switching with Wimbledon after the Dons beat Leeds 2-0 to go seventh. Dean Holdsworth and Stewart Castledine did the damage at Selhurst Park.

At Goodison Park, England midfielder Jamie Redknapp opened the scoring after 26 minutes following a slick move by Liverpool.

Robbie Fowler split the Everton defense with a measured pass to England teammate Steve McManaman. The winger slid the ball across goal and Redknapp held off Claus Thomsen to poke the ball beyond Neville Southall for 1-0.

Everton showed plenty of fight and after 42 minutes Thomsen almost levelled, David James having to react quickly to push his stinging 20-meter drive behind.

The normally lethal Fowler spurned a great chance to stretch Liverpool's lead on the stroke of halftime when he took a perfectly weighted chip from McManaman only to scrape his shot wide.

Everton started the brighter in the second half and got its reward in the 65th minute.

A wayward header from defender Steve Harkness landed at Duncan Ferguson's feet, and the Scotland striker, with his back to goal, turned Mark Wright and curled a left-foot shot past James.

Eight minutes from the end, Fowler and Everton defender David Unsworth were sent off for brawling.

Manchester United now visits Anfield on Saturday, and Liverpool dares not slip up again.